Campfire Ramen

Campfire Ramen

If you love the challenges of open-fire cooking as much as I do, this recipe is for you–a quick and easy satisfying soup at the end of a long day of kayaking, fishing, or hiking.  Granted, I make this when “glamping” with a trailer and not backpacking.  So, if possible, make sure to remember a…

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Bacon-Onion Jam

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If you haven’t already tried bacon jam, here’s a go-to summer condiment that you can make ahead, keep in the refrigerator, and pull out at the last minute to add richness and depth to almost anything you’re cooking this summer. A smoked bacon is perfect for this, but the main point is to cook the…

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Summer Weekend Cooking

Summer Weekend Cooking

I love the first weekends of late spring/early summer, when lavender and rosemary scent the air, roses and peonies start to perk up and porch sitting becomes part of the daily routine.  The kitchen also wakes up with kicks of marinades and sauces, the churn of ice cream, and salads spinning.  This weekend, in particular, seems to be ...

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The Power of Whole Grains

The Power of Whole Grains

As is, this is vegan-friendly and can also be gluten-free if you choose gluten-free versions of some of the ingredients below. For a more cake-like texture, stir in two eggs* once the applesauce has been added. I really like the crunch of quinoa in this bar, but feel free to experiment with your favorite seeds,…

(Includes a recipe for Whole Grain, Nut, and Fruit Bars)

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Strawberry Dream Cake

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This recipe, adapted from Cook’s Country, is for a cake that I am often asked to make for fundraisers and auctions, birthdays and summer holidays.  It feels like a special occasion confection, but without all the hassle.  I modified the original recipe by reducing the amount of sugar by about 1/4 cup from the batter…

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Cheese-stuffed Jalapeños

Cheese-stuffed Jalapeños

It’s outdoor cooking season and I like to have some dishes that can be prepped ahead of time and served at room temp, like dips and spreads to serve with crudités and flatbreads; a big platter of serve-yourself lettuce wraps for grilled fish and meats, like this Bobby Flay recipe for

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Meatless Monday: Romesco Sauce with Grilled Vegetables

Meatless Monday: Romesco Sauce with Grilled Vegetables

I’ve been making variations of Spanish Romesco—a deeply flavorful nut-and-red pepper-sauce from Catalonia—for years, after tasting a version at Chef Adolfo Garcia’s Restaurant Riomar in New Orleans. The smoky piquillo pepper-based sauce was paired with rare yellowfin tuna and a garbanzo bean purée.  Over the years, I’ve subbed in salted Marcona almonds or walnuts and…

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Throwback Thursday: NOLA bits and bites + a recipe

My journey is now complete, Mr. #okra drove down my street. #ihaveokra #foodtruck #produceagogo #moveablefeast #louisiana  @louisianacookin #throwmesomthingmister A video posted by @kimsunee on May 6, 2016 at 7:52am PDT I’m just back from visiting family and friends in New Orleans. If at all possible, I like to time my return visits with the Jazz and Heritage ...

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Key Lime Pie: A Mouthful of Stars

Key Lime Pie: A Mouthful of Stars

There’s something dizzying and delightful about grating enough citrus zest so that its heady scent fills up the entire kitchen with a pleasant punch, the taste buds standing at attention. Whether incorporated into a curd to dollop onto pancakes and biscuits or to whisk into a marinade or a vinaigrette, adding zest is an easy…

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Seung Hee Eats Savannah

Seung Hee Eats Savannah

This is a guest post by Seung Hee Lee-Kwan.  Some of you might remember her from this documentary of my return trip to Seoul where Seung Hee guided me through the city.  She currently works as an epidemiologist at the CDC in Atlanta.  Like me, she counts her travel days in meals, and recently she ...

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Fresh Fava Beans

Fresh Fava Beans

One of my favorite early signs of spring are the lovely pale green curves of fresh fava beans.  It takes a good pound of shell-on fresh favas to serve one person so plan on buying a few pounds.  You’ll need to shell them, then blanch briefly before removing the pale outer skin.  These are delicious…

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Chadwick Boyd’s Charred Brussels Sprouts with Orange Miso Glaze

Chadwick Boyd’s Charred Brussels Sprouts with Orange Miso Glaze

I was thrilled when my friend, food and lifestyle expert Chadwick Boyd, offered to share a recipe here at kimsunee.com.  I’ve cooked and eaten with Chadwick from NYC to Atlanta and love his enthusiasm for good food–whether it’s Southern fried chicken or a slow-simmered osso bucco. He’s also a champion for non-meat goodness; he’s currently ...

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Almond Yogurt Cake with Citrus Glaze

Almond Yogurt Cake with Citrus Glaze

I love this time of year for the fat, juicy citrus it yields.  Because I live in colder climes, I’m always at the ready to toss citrus into everything–a squeeze of fresh orange to brighten up a pot of black beans or a beef stew; lots of zest stirred into a lemony pasta or a…

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King Cake Season

King Cake Season

It’s carnival time and the season, starting January 6th, when people gather to eat, drink, and offer up king cakes.  In New Orleans, we eat thousands of these cakes during the season leading up to Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras. When it comes to king cake, those of us who grew up eating them–whether from

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Warm Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberry Compote

Warm Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberry Compote

I’m always looking for ways to gussy up quinoa.  I could eat it steamed, plain and simple with a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, but serving it to my family is another story.  I came across this warm breakfast cereal bowl while staying in Girdwood, AK…

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Orange Blossom Sugared Cranberries

Orange Blossom Sugared Cranberries

I love coming across recipes for new ways to feature fresh cranberries.  This one, by food blogger, Cozy Delicious posted on Food52, is one of my favorite ways to serve cranberries.  A fragrant overnight soak in orange blossom water and simple syrup makes for a tart-sweet bite with the added crunch of sugar.  Eat out…

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Easy Savory Puff Pastry Pinwheels

Easy Savory Puff Pastry Pinwheels

‘Tis the season of drop-in guests and holiday parties when it’s a good idea to have a few recipes for easy small bites in your repertoire.  Homemade puff pastry is quite an undertaking (and worth every buttery bite), but for this–if you don’t have any homemade hanging out in your freezer– you can…

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Spiced Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce

As much as I have a place in my heart (and a space on my plate) for canned cranberry sauce, preferably still in the shape of the can and with all the ridges intact, I do love to also offer this fresher version for Thanksgiving.  Laced with bergamot-scented Earl Grey tea and whole warming spices,…

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Thanksgiving Plates

Thanksgiving Plates

Roast turkey and gravy are usually the star for the big Thanksgiving meal but a little love on the side can come from the equally stellar supporting players.  On this plate of Roast Turkey with Pancetta and Prunes (lovingly styled by Adrian Hale and photographed Leela Cyd) from my cookbook, “A…

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