soba noodles with pan grilled tuna and nori kizami

March 11, 2010

I love soba noodles. Last Saturday while looking at the stuff that I had stashed away in the pantry, I noticed a big package of soba that I bought a while ago at the Sunset Super and promptly forgot about. Earlier that same rainy day, we had been to Sun Fat fish market, but, oddly, […]

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Vietnamese dipping sauce

December 16, 2009

This dipping sauce is very common in Vietnamese cooking where it’s used to flavor noodles, meat, spring rolls, rice or as a condiment at table. This time I used it to complement scallion pancakes. It’s sweet, sour, tart, salty, pungent and spicy. I love it to the point I can just drink it right out […]

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a vegan spicy Indian red dal soup

November 20, 2009

Are you prepared for the task of making this mouthwatering red dal soup? Don’t be discouraged by the extensive list of ingredients. Like I’ve mentioned before, cooking Indian recipes is thrilling because it’s like being back in school doing scientific research in a chemistry lab. Plus unlike regular chemistry, it always smells great and you […]

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spicy southwestern sweet corn

November 13, 2009

Hegui was in the mood for red Bordeaux last night. Too bad I had no idea what to make that would match. We had all the fixin’s for Tex-Mex, so we tried the Bordeaux while I was cooking and sipped tequila at the table. I don’t really “love” corn but I do enjoy spicy food. […]

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nameless winter squash AKA mogango

November 12, 2009

The other day at the Alemany farmers’ market I found a type of winter squash that was similar to one squash my mom used to cook when I was growing up in Brazil. I decided to buy it to give it a try. This looks a bit like acorn squash but I was not able […]

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root vegetable kimchi

November 10, 2009

Last week we finally made our way to the Alemany farmers’ market. We love it and will return. Maybe we got carried away on our first visit. We bought so many vegetables there that I had enough for not one but two kinds of kimchi! So I made the Baechu kimchi with Napa cabbage again […]

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butternut squash, cashew nut and tempeh stew AKA quibebe

October 30, 2009

Don’t use your Halloween squash for decorations only: eat them! Last week our Trader Joe’s store was selling butternut squash straight from Stockton, California for only $1.49 each. So cheap, yahoo! I bought 2 of them. Steven immediately asked, “why so many?” with obvious anxiety. He’s funny about squash. “To eat, of course.” I was […]

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homemade baechu kimchi

October 12, 2009

I have always been fascinated by kimchi. And I’ve been curious about making it at home but never got around doing it till last week. The reason I didn’t try it before is that I was afraid I was going to mess something up in the process of making it, thereby poisoning myself and the […]

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braised carrots with raisins and pepitas

September 25, 2009

I like carrots, but Steven, not so much. For this reason, usually I skip them on my trips to the supermarkets. We’ve been sharing most of our meals together for quite a while now. Sometimes we need to compromise, particularly when our tastes diverge. Things changed when I ‘discovered’ heirloom carrots. There is one particular […]

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edamame miso party dip

June 30, 2009

I got the idea for this dip from some show that Alton Brown was in on the Food Network. Maybe it was “Good Eats?” I saw the program six or eight months ago so don’t quite remember. It’s really a variation on American basil pesto or how one might make hummus. The main difference is […]

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