Posts by kim

Memory, Food, and Forgetting (recipe for soy-preserved prawns)

I’m recently back from NYC where I was honored to do a cooking demo at Tasting Table for Alaska Seafood (ASMI) along with the very kind and gentle Chef Anita Lo and Homer, Alaska Chef Mandy Dixon.  Aside from many truly memorable meals (Santina, Prune, & ABC Kitchen among the best), I also had the ...

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Vitaly Paley’s Salt and Spice Roasted Spot Prawns

Vitaly Paley’s Salt and Spice Roasted Spot Prawns

Here’s a super simple and impressive recipe from Portland chef, Vitaly Paley.  The salt crust locks in moisture but doesn’t render the shrimp “salty.”  Try this recipe with fresh, wild-caught spot prawns, side stripes or other wild-caught shrimp.

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Life-Changing Bread

Life-Changing Bread

I recently came across a recipe called “the life-changing loaf of bread.”  The title is intriguing, yet I was skeptical of the hyperbolic use of “life-changing.”  But after reading a bit more about the bread on Sarah Britton’s genius blog, I immediately wanted to make a loaf. I even had almost all of the ingredients, ...

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Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Spicy Pumpkin Seed Dressing

Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Spicy Pumpkin Seed Dressing

  I found myself recently with lots of smashed pumpkin, which wasn’t much to sing about in and of itself, but it did inspire this fall recipe starring roasted squash and pumpkin seeds that ran in my column for Alaska Dispatch News.  It’s quick and easy and gets a hit of heat from jalapeño in the ...

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San Francisco

San Francisco

  If you’re heading to San Francisco, here are some of my favorite places to stay and eat: Where to Stay: My pick for lodging is usually The Hotel Vitale, a quiet and relaxing boutique hotel where the service is always attentive and friendly; comfortable beds and water views, with the added bonus of Spa Vitale after ...

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New Orleans: Feasts

Commander's Courtyard, photo Kim Sunée

I was back in my hometown for book tour events and wanted to share some images and bites from some of my old and new favorites: The Crescent City Farmers Market:       Peche Restaurant.   Commander’s Palace: An oldie but goodie.  Mother’s Day with my 90 year-old great aunt.         NEW RESTAURANT: Square Root        

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Let’s Eat Cake!

Let’s Eat Cake!

Yes, these are cakes and they are both gorgeous and delicious (see the cover image and chapter one below)!!  My good friends, Bob and Chad, who are the best non-professional party planners on the planet, had these cakes made to celebrate “A Mouthful of Stars” at the Houston book signing in May.  Thank you to ...

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A Mouthful of Stars Book Tour…the journey starts….

A Mouthful of Stars Book Tour…the journey starts….

I am always humbled by the bounty of amazing people–the sense of place their friendship offers not to mention the great food and hospitality–that have come my way in this life.  And the new and old friendships forged along the way…. It all started in Anchorage, Alaska…where good friends, Moira Smith and Anne Wilkas, hosted a ...

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Turn A Classic Sweet into a Savory App: Video from the Wall Street Journal

Turn A Classic Sweet into a Savory App: Video from the Wall Street Journal

Greetings from Alabama! It’s sooo nice to be back and see all my friends for the launch of “A Mouthful of Stars” tomorrow at Alabama Booksmith. So, many of us are gathering in my friend, Martha’s, kitchen later today to celebrate and make a few bites and try some recipes for the launch.  Speaking of recipes, ...

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Getting ready for Stars…

Getting ready for Stars…

My new book, A Mouthful of Stars, launches a week from today at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham! Then tour dates in New Orleans, Houston, North Carolina, and San Francisco, with more in the works. Yesterday, we spent the day shooting video and recipes from the new book for an upcoming Wall Street Journal interview. Thank you to ...

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Iced Masala Chai

Iced Masala Chai

I keep saying “I’m not addicted to coffee” and I’m really not compared to friends I know who truly can’t function without it first thing in the morning.  I can function, but at some point mid-morning or early afternoon I find myself longing for a frothy cappuccino or a post-lunch espresso.   I’ve been trying to drink ...

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Book Giveaway: A Mouthful of Stars

Book Giveaway: A Mouthful of Stars

My new book will be out May 6th, 2014.  I’m giving away three signed copies. NOTE: This giveaway ends 5/18/2014.  Enter once a day per email address. OFFICIAL RULES: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Giveaways open only to residents of the United States and Canada, who are physically located and residing therein, and who are ...

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Books, Books, and More Books….And a Giveaway

Books, Books, and More Books….And a Giveaway

Where to begin?  Do you have stacks and stacks of books and magazines? I start some, finish some and then start others and go back to the first stack….and now I just thought it would be nice to know what everyone is reading or wanting to read or have started and not finished or started, ...

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Stars and Gratitude

Stars and Gratitude

It’s finally here! My editor, Jean Lucas of Andrews McMeel sent me an advance copy of A Mouthful of Stars while I was on spring break in Hawaii.  A birthday lunch at my favorite seaside restaurant, Mama’s Fish House, with friends and family, cocktails, and Stars.  The cover is gorgeous and the whole design team ...

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Book Giveaway: Enter to win one of four copies of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen

Book Giveaway: Enter to win one of four copies of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen

    I recently had the pleasure of meeting Anya von Bremzen in Portland through our mutual friend, Chef Vitaly Paley.  In Anya’s honor, Paley set out a lovingly prepared table of zakuski, a generous spread of Russian appetizers not unlike Mediterranean mezze.  And many of the recipes were foods Vitaly and Anya grew up eating from ...

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Le Menu du Jour

Le Menu du Jour

  Somehow, I have found myself pairing food for a friend’s collection of wines….  This is the menu below, with recipes to follow next week.  Apologies in advance to the true wine connoisseurs who might find the pairings less than perfect.   Happy New Year       3 January 2014     Warm Brioche with Foie Gras Terrine 2003 Château Lafaurie Peyraguey Sauternes   Jamón ...

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What’s for (Thanksgiving) Dinner?

What’s for (Thanksgiving) Dinner?

Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday–both as a reminder of how much there is to be thankful for each and every day–as well as for the feast itself. I’m thankful for my family–the ones who chose to take me with them so many years ago from South Korea and raise me as their own.  I’m ...

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Chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox in Durham cooks up Succotash

I was recently in North Carolina visiting old friends and meeting new ones. As always, I love discovering new bites along the way. Sara Foster took me to downtown Durham to Saltbox, a walk-up window where Chef Ricky Moore cooks up fresh fish in all its glory until it runs out, which is often early ...

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North Carolina: tastes of late summer

North Carolina: tastes of late summer

  With the onset of cooler days in the Northwest, I find myself longing for barefoot afternoons and ways in which to keep the darkness at bay, including heading South to the Chapel Hill-Durham area to eat and cook with friends, including Sara Foster and Frances Mayes, who spends time at her home in the area ...

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GIVEAWAY: Whole Grains by Bob’s Red Mill

GIVEAWAY: Whole Grains by Bob’s Red Mill

Every time I return from spending time with Bob Moore and the amazing people who make Bob’s Red Mill a truly unique company, I am always inspired to include more whole grains into my daily diet–as the energetic and hands-on (soon to be) 85 year-old founder of Bob’s Red Mill has done for decades–and to ...

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