While poking around the other day, I realized I’ve shared a good amount of pastas with you, but have all but failed you in the other noodle categories. I mean, yes, I’m Italian-American so cooking pasta comes as naturally to me as being dramatic, but it’s a total misrepresentation of the noodles that grace my kitchen. There’s a whole shelf filled with various pastas as well as rice sticks, pad thai noodles, udon, and, my favorite, soba.
A seriously fast seared swordfish recipe cooked in a spicy coconut vindaloo sauce.
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A healthy weeknight-worthy recipe for a salad with grilled salmon, asparagus, peas, fennel, and arugula.
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An easy, healthy dinner recipe for pan-roasted trout topped with a bright green herb and toasted walnut sauce.
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An easy, healthy recipe for basic mussels with lemongrass, chili, beer, lime, and mint.
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Super Bowl is but a few days away and there are recipes galore out there for everything from overloaded nachos to kajillion-layer dips. But around these parts we’re sticking to the healthier eating habits of last month and are lightening things up for game day too.
My latest finger food obsession hails from the South but dispels all the Southern food stereotypes because it’s really light and quite healthy. Pickled shrimp are a classic in the Carolinas but, seeing as I’ve never been around those parts, I hadn’t heard of them until recently. Seeing as I have more than a mild obsessions for all things pickled and fermented, I had to try this the minute I came across it. After a few rounds of pickling and some tweaks (inspired largely by an overzealous citrus tree), I came up with this really easy but ridiculously flavorful recipe.
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For the last recipe of my Hawaiian coverage, I wanted to share with you my California-fied twist on a classic Hawaiian recipe.
Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is one of those classic Hawaiian dishes I can’t get enough of and I eat my share when I’m on island. If you haven’t had it before, it’s like a Hawaiian-style ceviche where, at the most basic, sushi-grade seafood is mixed with classic Hawaiian flavors of soy sauce and onions. From there, the options are limitless and you’ll find all sorts of poke flavors made with everything from octopus to squid, all over the state.
The problem is that a lot of poke is seriously high in sodium and just does’t have a balance of freshness and flavor that I like. I’ve spent a fair amount of time, money, and meals comparing and contrasting poke throughout the state and finally realized I should be making it myself and have become a self-proclaimed poke master. (Bold words I know seeing as I’m not born-and-bred in Hawaii.)
Speaking of which, my favorite way of serving poke has been super untraditional as a sort of Mexican tostada with Hawaiian flavors. Anytime I spend more than a few weeks away from California, I start craving Mexican food, so, to get the best of both worlds, I decided to make my own poke and throw it atop a crunchy tostada base.
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Put down the lights and candy canes for one hot second and let’s talk healthy food. No, not what you’re going to cook for the big meal, but what you’re making to eat smart between all the festivities. For the next few days, I’m going to give you a few ideas for make-ahead meals as…
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If I had a say, my version of paradise would closely resemble this past weekend. After a few days of hanging with my favorite local chefs and restaurateurs at SF Chefs, I spent the entirety of my Sunday at Outside Lands. It’s pretty obvious that I love music almost as much as I love food…
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Parties and I get along really well — I like eating, dancing, and fun times and good parties are a source of all those things. So when I found myself with some free time around mid-June, it was only natural that I headed to Sweden for the nationwide party that is Midsommar. Not only is Midsommar the main holiday in Sweden, but also it’s a field day for me because the menu is centered around herring and aquavit, and you haven’t really celebrated until you have your share of both.