Baking is science and I don't like formulas, but cooking is art and anything goes...and the simpler the better. It's all about less time at the stove and more time at the table. With a forty year passion for food I'm excited to share what I do in the kitchen nearly every day.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Same old chicken, same old fish…not anymore. Aioli, aka garlic mayonnaise, makes everything taste good. And while a stick blender or food processor makes it real easy some determined whisking will work just fine.

After mashing a few garlic cloves whisk together a half a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, an egg yolk, and the juice from a couple of lemon wedges. Very slowly add about a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil to the mixture while whisking to a loose mayonnaise consistency. If you’re using a stick blender it’s handy to make it in a mason jar. Finish by adding the mashed garlic, kosher salt and black pepper to taste, then chill for at least half an hour before serving.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spicy Cabbage Peanut Salad

Since making this salad with fried pork cutlets last month I’ve served it with roast chicken, crispy tofu, and coconut rice…it’s a winner…and a great way to take advantage of that first mint of the summer.

In a large bowl combine lots of shredded cabbage with half a cup of chopped peanuts, a chopped jalapeno, a bunch of chopped scallions, a large handful of chopped mint, some quartered grape tomatoes, the juice of two limes, a couple splashes of rice wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt to taste. Then stir it all up a half an hour ahead of time for maximum flavor.

Happy Memorial Weekend!

Monday, May 18, 2015


Why buy hummus when it’s better and cheaper to make it, especially when it’s just a matter of throwing a few things in the food processor. But first a couple of asides, since I’m an immediate gratification kind of cook I use canned garbanzo beans but if you’re the patient type feel free to use cooked ones. Also, tahini is a great condiment to have around so don’t be intimidated by the large can, it goes a long way and lasts a year or more.

Okay, in a food processor add a can of garbanzo beans, a third of a cup of tahini, a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil, one to three garlic cloves, a teaspoon of cumin, paprika, or cayenne, and the juice of one lemon. Hit the switch, if it’s too thick add more lemon juice or water. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you serve with a big splash of olive oil over the top.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Avocado Cucumber Salad

For the mayonnaise lovers out there, this one’s for you. Inspired by Julia Turshen, it’s quick, easy, and so good even if you’re not pregnant. Start by mixing two tablespoons of mayonnaise with the juice of one lime, some kosher salt, and a few hefty squirts of Sriracha.

The most important about this dish is finding the perfect avocado, not too soft yet not too firm. When the avocado stars do align combine your diced avocado with a cut up seedless cucumber, a sliced scallion, and the mayonnaise mixture. And don’t do what I did and add it all at once, add a bit, mix, a bit more, mix, and maybe a bit more…you can’t take it back out.