Welcome to the Land of Long White Cloud

The flight from New York to Auckland, New Zealand is very, very…long.  It takes anywhere from 18 to 24 hours, depending on your layover times, and it’s disorienting because when you arrive, it’s 16 hours ahead of New York time, so you lose two days in travel.  Lucky for me, my friend V had madeContinue reading “Welcome to the Land of Long White Cloud”

Easy Pickled Jalapenos

Forgive me father for I have sinned (I imagine the late James Beard to be looking down at me with disdain from his kitchen in the sky).  It has been two weeks since my last post, and in that time I have twice eaten takeout pizza, and once I even had Taco Bell.  But itContinue reading “Easy Pickled Jalapenos”

Home Cured Bacon Makes the Best BLTs

Bacon, oh delicious bacon.  There is no other food I can think of that inspires people to the same degree of epicurean lust.  In one Jim Gaffigan standup routine, he spends a good two and a half minutes extolling the joys of eating bacon in its many forms.   One waiter at work shared withContinue reading “Home Cured Bacon Makes the Best BLTs”

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”

Torta Salata (Italian Vegetable Torte)

This is one of my favorite almost vegetarian recipes.  It’s really simple, and is a great way to make a hearty meal out of couple pounds of vegetables.  Almost any firm vegetable will work, as long as it is not too wet.  I usually use zucchini, which I salt to draw out the moisture, thenContinue reading “Torta Salata (Italian Vegetable Torte)”