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Appetizers, Brunch

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 […]

Appetizers, Dinner, Party, Snacks

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 […]

Meat

Chicken Brine

 

 Chicken is an affordable and versatile bird, but it lacks a deep flavor profile. I recommend brining your bird bits overnight, or at least for a few hours before setting about to cook. A brine consists of water, salt, sugar and acid and can be manipulated in a variety of […]

Sauces

Kabayaki Sauce

 

 Typically used to grill eel, kabayaki is a sweet reduced soy sauce that can add sweet depth to many other dishes. I use it as a base in my Furikake Chicken. It could also be substituted for teriyaki with picky eaters as it contains no aromatics (ie. ginger and garlic)

Travel

Goodbye, Mr. Bourdain

 

 In 2007 I was lost and listless, without a path or a passion. In a dumpy dimly lit studio in Bradenton, Florida, I sat alone on a goodwill loveseat and watched as a man on tv explored the world and ate food that shaped each community he visited. Before my […]

Appetizers, Party, Sides, Snacks

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 […]

Appetizers, Bread, Brunch

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 […]

Appetizers, Brunch, Sides

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 […]