In my opinion, corn is the quintessential summer vegetable/fruit/grain/whatever you want to call it. You can throw it on the BBQ, eat it straight off the cob, or make the kernels into a dish of their own. It's so versatile!
As you probably know, corn is naturally high in sugar (think corn syrup), so it takes on a really great dimension of flavor when caramelized. That's why one of my favorite ways of cooking corn is to take it off the cob and toss the kernels in a hot cast iron pan. It's also a quick and simple way to prepare it.
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Everyone loves a good salad dressing, right? Well this one isn't only good, it's REALLY good. This Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette is tangy, a little salty, and super easy to make. With this recipe, you'll never have to buy dressing from the market again!
What you'll need:
3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
2 Large Cloves of Garlic
1/4 cup Lemon Juice (sour)
1 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbs Olive or Canola Oil
1 tsp Dried Mustard Powder
Chop the garlic and place it in a mortar with the salt. With the pestle, mash the garlic and salt together until it becomes a paste.
Add the lemon juice, oil, vinegar, and garlic mixture, and mustard powder to a m...
Hummus is a lovely, healthy, and versatile dip, but I'm sure you already knew that. What you might not know though, is just how easy it is to make at home! With this Three-Minute Hummus recipe you'll be on your way to dip-ville in no time.
What you'll need:
1 cup Canned Garbanzos (Note: this is less than the contents of a can)
1 Tbs Tahini
2 Tbs Lemon Juice
1 Tbs Syrup (from the garbanzo can)
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
2 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil (plus extra for a drizzle on top)
Place all ingredients into a food processor. I use and h...
In my opinion, wild rice is a highly underrated and underutilized ingredient. If you've never had it, the texture and taste varies greatly from your average white rice, as it's made up of four different grains (the most recognizable are the long black grains). Wild rice is also VERY high in protein and dietary fiber- it has about 6x as much protein as white rice and 9x as much dietary fiber!
Personally, I love wild rice because of its al dente texture and how versatile it is. You can cook it on its own, add veggies to it, add sausage to it, you can serve it hot, or even as a cold salad. Many people also make wild rice stuffing for Thanksgiving (it's deli...
Shopping at the local farmers market is a great way to venture outside and pick up some fresh ingredients you don't always see at your local supermarket.
At this week's farmers market, I lucked out and snagged some broccolini from my favorite vendor. (Why are they my favorite vendor, you ask? Because they always have an awesome and inexpensive selection of unique asian greens like chrysanthemum leaves and mizuna... but I digress...)
Though broccolini is great simply roasted with some salt, pepper, and olive oil, I wanted to try something different. I just recently picked up some Coconut Aminos from Whole Foods and thought that this would...
It's summer, so you know what that means! Stone fruit!
Peaches, apricots, and nectarines were always a staple during my summers growing up. Nothing makes me feel (or look) more like a giddy little kid than eating a ripe peach and having the juice run down my face and hands, so when I went to the farmers market a few days ago and saw the abundance of peaches, I knew I needed to swoop some up and make something great.
We all already know that fruit and pies go together like, well, fruit and pies... so today's recipe is my spin on a more "grown-up" way to enjoy the fruits that I used to make a mess of as a child.
Since my Serrano Pico De Gallo seemed to be an instant favorite with all of you other lovely home cooks out there, I thought I’d share another one of my salsa favorites- Charred Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa Verde.
Not to toot my own horn, but this salsa is so damn good. Browning the tomatillos, onion, and lime brings it to a whole new level of deliciousness and gives the salsa some extra oomph. It’s also pretty easy to make. The key, however, is using a blender.
Let’s get started!
What you’ll need: 3 medium/large tomatillos, 1 whole large serrano chili, 1 small yellow onion, 2 limes, 1 ripe avocado, and 1 tsp kosher salt. You’ll also...
As a native Los Angeleno, I’ve been eating all types of Mexican food since I was a kid. I really enjoy cooking Mexican food too. I like to make mole, enchiladas, carnitas, carne asada, tacos, chilaquiles, and tres leches cake, so you can expect to see those recipes here eventually… but before we get into all those fancy dishes, I thought we should start with the simplest of recipes- Pico de gallo. It’s easy, tasty, and goes well on top of nearly everything (except maybe chocolate cake, but I haven’t tried that, so for all I know it could actually work).
Since we like it a little spicy, Asher and I add serrano chilis to our pico de gallo...
I don’t know about you, but It’s starting to feel a lot like summer to me. The weather’s getting warmer, the air is getting dryer, and I’m seeing a lot more tank tops and shorts. That’s why I figured it was time to make everyone’s summer staple- Ice Cream! Yay!
The loquat / coconut combo was inspired by the awesome ripe loquats in my parents’ front yard and my love for everything coconut. If you’ve never had a loquat, they are sort of like an apricot both in texture and taste, but even better.
I also decided to go vegan/dairy free with this recipe for a few reasons:
I had cashew and coconut milk at home and wanted to use them (plus they are lower in f...
When you hear the word ‘pickle’ I’m guessing your mind automatically thinks about large green dill pickles or those bread-and-butter pickle chips you get on a burger? Well, my friend, you’re in for a surprise because these are not the kind of pickles I’m referring to.
Asher and I make rice bowls for dinner quite often because they are easy, delicious, dietary-restriction sensitive*, and customizable. (Not to mention we can make fried rice a few days later with any leftovers.) But they can get pretty boring unless you know what to put on them, which is why we always make quick pan-asian toppings!
I call these pickles “pan-asian” because we when we make th...