Appetizers

Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is an essential cooking element that needs very little instruction to master. Sure, you can run to the grocery store to pick up a box of stock. In a dark hour you could even add bullion to water, even I have been so desperate. But neither will give […]

 

Vichyssoise

My dad always fancied himself a phenomenal cook. He had what I would call a passing interest in food, but in comparison with the rest of his family (before I came along) he was the Jackson family food expert. Each summer his mother, my Nam (sounds like Pam) would throw […]

 

Furikake Chicken

Fargo, North Dakota is the largest city between Minneapolis, MN and Spokane, WA. With a whopping population size of 120,000 its no wonder that every few weeks I needed to get out to a real big city and stretch my legs a bit. My hometown has about 400,000 residents in […]

 

Kimchi Rice Cakes

There is a sushi restaurant in downtown Sarasota that serves something called a “sushi pizza”. Sushi pizza sounds like an abomination, but in fact it is a big sushi rice patty that has been perfectly fried golden topped with fresh fish, kanikama, avocado and fish roe. The fried rice patty […]

 

Ham and Onion White Pizza

If you ask anyone who knows me, they will confirm for you that I love Trader Joe’s. In 2007 I moved to Charlotte, NC and had my first encounter. We didn’t have much in terms of specialty grocery stores here in Sarasota (that has since changed), and to find an […]

 

My Ricotta Mistake

Two years ago I moved back to Florida with my husband and with no job lined up. I did the millennial boomerang and moved in with Mom at an age way too old to live with one’s parents and we all drove each other crazy. It was taking too long […]

 

Naan in the Oven

Its no secret in my circle that I can’t bake. I can’t make cakes, I can’t make cookies, I can’t make pies. I was a straight A student in culinary school, until I took Baking and Pastry. The one B blight on my perfect summa cum laude transcript was because […]

 

Yucca Frita with Habanero Mayonnaise

Yucca…Yucca…Yucca. Never has there been a tuber more desirable than yucca. South and Central America have given us so much incredible native food like potatoes, tomatoes, quinoa. My favorite? Yucca. Hands down. I love it stewed or braised, and I love it fried. “What does yucca taste like, LJ?” you […]