Carbon Steel Fry Pans, Oh Yes I Do!

Non-stick pans skeeve me out.  Teflon and other high tech coatings may be relatively harmless, but only up to a certain temperature, at which point they start to give off toxic gases.  I also haven’t met a non-stick pan that doesn’t scratch or peel, whatever promises they make.  So then you have to replace itContinue reading “Carbon Steel Fry Pans, Oh Yes I Do!”

Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives

I have a confession to make.  Despite my Asian heritage, I don’t know much about cooking Asian food.  Sure, I know how to stir-fry and know how to use the more common Asian ingredients, but Mom’s home cooking was nothing like restaurant food.  After years of cooking for myself, then going to culinary school, IContinue reading “Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives”

The Importance of Being…Inspired

Oh a busy busy busy bee is me!  I know it’s been months since my last post, but between having a new puppy, caring for old cats, resolving yet another car accident (not my fault, I wasn’t even in the car), my novice attempts at gardening, and the demands of the restaurant, I don’t knowContinue reading “The Importance of Being…Inspired”

Lemon Cucumber & Tomato Salad

My zucchini plants keeled over last week. I had so much hope for them, cared for them, and resisted eating the flowers so that they could produce fruit. Alas, after battling off fungus gnats, aphids, and even maggots, it was stem rot that finally did them in. I stared sadly at the orange fungus thatContinue reading “Lemon Cucumber & Tomato Salad”

Call me Cookie

“Cookie! We missed you Cookie!”  That’s how Javier the pastry cook greeted Mike the garde manger cook, returning from a few days off. My sous-chef turned to me and asked, “Why do you guys call him Cookie?” I explained, “Whenever he walks by the pastry station looking for handouts, he says ‘Cookie? Cookie?’ So JavierContinue reading “Call me Cookie”