Cowgirl Blue Cornmeal Muffins

Cowgirl Blue Cornmeal Muffins

Years ago, as the food editor for Cottage Living magazine, we featured a story on Austin’s Liz Lambert, creator of the Hotel San José and El Cosmico in Marfa, among other unique and ultra hip places to lodge.  The recipes were all from the brain and palate of Paula Disbrowe, the coolest “cowgirl” you’ll ever meet.…

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Cast Iron Skillet Mushrooms with Spring Pesto

Cast Iron Skillet Mushrooms with Spring Pesto

This stand-and-snack appetizer of stuffed mushrooms is a go-to recipe for me, whether for summer camping or more elegant occasions. Make the pesto with your favorite garden herbs.  This time of year, I try everything from fresh carrot tops to arugula, nettles, celery leaves and pea shoots.  Have leftover pesto?  Toss some with hot…

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Bulgogi Meatballs

Bulgogi Meatballs

These tender, juicy meatballs with hints of ginger, soy, and garlic make for an easy weeknight dinner or a stand-and-snack appetizer for weekend guests.  You can form them into patties for sliders or serve in lettuce wraps for a lighter bite.  They’re also good over a bowl of steamed quinoa, rice or creamy mashed potatoes. …

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Bean Chili

Bean Chili

One of winter’s great culinary offerings are long, cold days, meant for warming drinks and easy cooking.  The best kind is putting in a little work on the front end and letting the pot and stove do their magic. I’m a sucker for all types of bean stews and chilis. With friends who keep me…

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Flourless Hazelnut Chocolate Torte

Flourless Hazelnut Chocolate Torte

When I lived in France, I always marveled at how French women could spontaneously go into the kitchen and, from memory, just whip up the most intense and perfect chocolate cake.  My friend, Sybil, who was married to a very boisterous and opinionated oenologist from Burgundy was often the quietest at meals. (There were many ...

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Spiced Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce

I’m reposting this from last holiday–it’s a favorite for the Thanksgiving table and a great gift for guests. 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…

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Wild Salmon Lettuce Wraps

Wild Salmon Lettuce Wraps

  In Alaska, where the waters boast some of the best wild salmon in the world, there are some who actually have the salmon blues, and groan “not salmon again.”  As I work on a new cookbook, my co-author Seung Hee and I have been experimenting with different quick and easy ways to add tons of ...

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Happy Chuseok!

Happy Chuseok!

  I am honored and thankful to have been welcomed into the home of Michelle Nam and her husband Duran Kim, both brilliant editors/agents in the publishing world.  Duran’s mother, this vibrant 80 year-old woman, welcomed me and my friends, Cindy and Seung Hee to celebrate the lunar holiday full of homemade delicious tastes of Korea, ...

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Plum Parsley Salad

Plum Parsley Salad

Here’s another mouthwatering recipe from Chadwick Boyd, who also kindly shared with us his Charred Brussels Sprouts with Orange Miso Glaze. photo by Sweetlife Photography Of this refreshing combination of stone fruit and herbs, Chadwick says:  “Stone fruit is one of my favorite fruits, especially plums. And I love to pair them with…

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Blueberry Cured Wild Salmon

Blueberry Cured Wild Salmon

I recently had the amazing opportunity to visit a truly magical part of the world, Cordova in Prince William Sound, Alaska where a group of us met with gilnetters and ate wild Alaska salmon and watched glaciers calve.  Here’s the story and a recipe for Blueberry Cured Wild Salmon.  

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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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