Big Crispy Hash Brown

Big Crispy Hash Brown

I like my hash browns to be crispy and ‘fluffy’, not ‘al dente.’ And when making them at home, I like making one ginormous hash brown. It’s easier to make, to serve, and to eat! This recipe is flexible and hash browns are messy by…

Orange Pound Cake

Orange Pound Cake

I had flour, eggs and butter. . . and an orange. I was hankering to bake something. With something snack-y on the brain, I decided upon an orange pound cake. This recipe is inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s “Odile’s Fresh Orange Cake” and Ina Garten’s “Orange…

Spaghetti with Broccoli “Pesto”

Spaghetti with Broccoli “Pesto”

Looking for a new way to use broccoli that is easy? The color is so bright that I was inspired to mix it in with pasta, like a pesto.  But given the texture of broccoli, I decided not to make it more gritty by adding…

Pecan-Raisin Crackers

Pecan-Raisin Crackers

I usually prefer savory crackers but these pecan-raisin crackers are an exception. And pair excellently with cheeses, especially blue cheese. I used Melissa Clark’s Golden Raisin and Pecan Thins recipe (which acknowledges that the recipe comes from”Better Baking” by Genevieve Ko) and made a few…

Caraway Rye Crackers

Caraway Rye Crackers

Crackers are one of my favorite snack foods and a preferred vehicle for cheese. I am always bummed when I spend $8 for a small box of ‘artisanal’ crackers and I find they taste like cardboard or are always stale. I tested this batch of…

“Old-Fashioned” Bundt Cake

“Old-Fashioned” Bundt Cake

When living in Tokyo, I used to stop into Mister Donut and treat myself to an old-fashioned doughnut now and again. I recall there were several types: glazed, sugar and plain. I used to get the plain — not too sweet and the rough texture…

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

The holiday brought about a flurry of baking. This recipe for matcha shortbread cookies was chosen for the color, ease and most importantly yumminess. It’s my go-to recipe for shortbread. It’s almost always called out when I pack them up as a gift, and is…

Skillet Corn Bread

Skillet Corn Bread

Recently, I made corn bread in a skillet for the first time. I usually do not want to make so much, so I bake it in a smaller glass dish. That said, I have always wondered if a skillet would make the edges more brown…

Pasta with Tomato, Onion and Bacon

Pasta with Tomato, Onion and Bacon

I love pasta all’Amatriciana. It’s so simple and satisfying. But for some reason, I feel like it’s something I have to plan to make since it involves guanciale and the traditional dish uses bucatini pasta, which for some reason, I find less enjoyable than regular…

Labneh with Black Olives and Za’atar

Labneh with Black Olives and Za’atar

I recently met with a friend who spied a picture of this dish. I wrote about it in a Weekend Cooking post and said it was inspired from a recipe from Mokonuts on the Saveur site but did not really go into much more detail…

Crispy Pan-Fried Potatoes

Crispy Pan-Fried Potatoes

Potatoes have always been a personal fan-favorite. When I was young, when asked if I could bring one thing to a desert island, my answer was a potato and I would regale over how I could eat french fries, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes and so…

Simple Risotto with Crumbled Sausage

Simple Risotto with Crumbled Sausage

Risotto is a real workhorse dish. It is delicious as a standalone and can also be fortified and easily changed up with simple toppings. You don’t need much of anything so it’s a great way to use up some loose ends in the fridge. This…

Gussed-Up Instant Ramen

Gussed-Up Instant Ramen

I do enjoy instant ramen noodles. Mind you, that is not to confuse it with cup-o-noodles. My go-to economy brand is Sapporo Ichiban Original flavor; and my splurgy brand is Myojo Chukazanmai Shoyu flavor. The instant noodles themselves give off some starch and oil so…

Quinoa and Bean Soup

Quinoa and Bean Soup

This recipe is my twist on the popular Italian soup, pasta e faglioli sans pancetta and using quinoa instead of ditalini. The result is a vegan (or vegetarian if you add cheese rind) soup that is warming and filling. I had been making regular pasta…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

Ah travel! The food, the sights, the food! For me, a holiday abroad is like a culinary tour — morning, noon and night. But I have to admit that it’s nice to return to home cooking. After our holiday in Tokyo, I was looking forward…

Summer Cooking

Summer Cooking

I neglected my Weekend Cooking posts for most of the summer but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t cooking!  I had the great fortune of having friends and family staying with us which meant I was able to draft menu plans keeping in mind my guests…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

I happily pondered recipes and meals as we spent the weekend with our friend S. S is an omnivore but most days were hot and sultry (i.e. HUMID) and so making cool dishes was top of mind. As mentioned in a previous Weekend Cooking post,…

Supper Club: June and Travel

Supper Club: June and Travel

June brings the end of school and the beginning of summer in earnest.  In other words, it is actually a bit more hard to schedule a time that works for all three of us.  T was traveling in Europe and M was in Asia. We…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

As I have mentioned before, I love making menus. We had a friend, J, in town from LA and staying with us to attend a wedding, and I immediately peppered her with questions about food preferences.  While she is an omnivore, she was making more…

Matcha, Matcha

Matcha, Matcha

I first tasted matcha in Japanese tea ceremonies.  I was about eight years old and my mother would allow me to join her. It was how and where I understood the wondrousness of sweet (wagashi or Japanese sweets) countered by bitter (matcha tea).  I loved…

Supper Club: May and Pets

Supper Club: May and Pets

May brought rain and more rain–I think we ended up one non-rainy day for every ten rainy days. The keywords for this month’s Supper Club  with M and T would be cheer and relaxation. I reconfirmed T’s seafood allergy list and settled on a Hawaiian…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

The weekend was a parade of rain clouds and sometimes just clouds.  Maybe that was why it was hard to do anything that required too much fussing, as well as fussing over.   About every six to eight days, I need to make our dog,…

Supper Club: April and Life’s Work

Supper Club: April and Life’s Work

Spring is officially here but the weather has been mixed.  For April’s Supper Club with M and T, I looked through my pantry and fridge, and decided on an Indian menu.  My friend had given me a loads of Indian spices and this best-selling cookbook…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

Some of the most fun I have in the kitchen is when I have focus, or purpose. This may come from concocting something from ingredients I want to use up in the pantry or fridge, or when I have a specific audience to cook for.…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

Weekends are my favorite times to cook and bake. I had a burst of productivity and cranked out all sorts of dishes.   A friend came over for dinner on Friday night, and relied on making a menu that relied on ingredients on hand (pantry…

Supper Club: March and Mean Girls

Supper Club: March and Mean Girls

Two of my oldest and dearest friends (M and T) and I started calendaring regular dinners to make sure that too many months would not go by without us reconnecting.  At first, we would pick restaurants based more on location on the day that worked…