Food

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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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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Spicy Kale Pancakes

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Flavors that anchor and make us feel at home continue to haunt and have guided me as a writer and cook.  I was especially reminded of this when I returned to my birth country in 2008 for the Korean-language edition of my first book, “Trail of Crumbs.”  Luckily, I was paired with Seung Hee, a ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Memories of My Gesha: Tasting Panama’s Coffee Country + Sleep and Eat in Boquete

Memories of My Gesha: Tasting Panama’s Coffee Country + Sleep and Eat in Boquete

Guest Article By: Mario Stojanac     Regardless of its veracity, the story of the discovery of coffee is charming enough to lend itself a little believability. As the story goes, an Ethiopian goatherder named Kaldi noticed his goats were very energetic once they fed on a unique looking red bean. He tasted the beans, marveled at the flavour ...

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Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is a Fiesta Worth Devouring

Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is a Fiesta Worth Devouring

Guest article by: Mary Luz Mejia While the wet snow pelted winter weary Canadians mid-March, Cancun and the Mayan Riviera got caliente for their second annual Wine and Food Festival. With over 25 events spanning four days on the shores of turquoise blue Caribbean waters, the stellar line up of star chefs from around the globe ...

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Passover: From Russia, with Love

Passover: From Russia, with Love

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article with photos by Blair Chavis*. Food is integral to nearly every Jewish holiday, but when Passover arrives, food plays a leading role. The eight-day holiday, which begins tonight, kicks off with two epic dinners called Seders the first two nights.  Families sit around a large table and read aloud ...

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Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons

  Guest Post by Jennifer McGovern, R.D.   I love preserving food: jams, jellies, pickles, you name it. When I read about preserved lemons last year, I jumped at the chance to make some.  It was so easy–just lemons and salt. It made me happy to cram the bright yellow fruit into a jar, accommodating them in my ...

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