Yuzu Shoyu Ramen

Holy cow it’s been a long time since I posted. But, I have an excuse. Since I started posting food pics and blogging, folks have been asking me to cook for them so I started a Family Dinner Club. I cook three days a week and it has been awesome, inspiring, a lot of work …

Date Cake with Whiskey Sauce

Fuck frosting, Seriously. I have never liked it. As a result, I grew up with the false belief that I didn’t like cake. Oh, the folly of youth. I love cake! But I am very particular about it. I don’t like

Rye Caraway Flatbreads with Spicy Poblano Feta Dip

All hail Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. Their accessible method for baking bread has changed my kitchen forever. I rely heavily on their olive oil dough in particular for making pizzas, focaccia, and naan bread. The ability to store dough for up to 2 weeks makes a …

Dinner Party for 8 – Chicken Shawarma

Here’s a dinner party that works well for kids and adults. You can do a lot of the prep ahead of time leaving you more time to hang out with guests as you put it all together.

Salmon Miso Salad with Edamame and Avocado

Salmon salad is super healthy and the whole family loves it. It’s good enough to serve at a dinner party and the presentation is impressive. For a family dinner, I layout the whole dinner on a single platter and serve from the table. But

Dinner Party for 12 – Thai Beef Salad

A bunch of folks in my West Adams neighborhood are freelance, myself included. Speaking personally, it can make you a bit loopy at times when you have no water cooler hub bub to satisfy the daily need for human connection. So, this past week I launched what I hope will be the first of

Macaroni and Cheese with Mustard Thyme Breadcrumbs

My maternal grandmother was only 5 feet tall but packed a truckload of attitude into every inch. Edith Palm was one of four kids born to poor Swedish immigrants in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1905. All four kids were tough, funny, hard

Tarte Tatin

The French have done many wonderful things but Tarte Tatin is way up there. This is great to do for dinner parties because you can do most of the prep the day before. And it’s bang for the buck since the ingredients are cheap and easy to

Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

This dish is the second in a series this week on throwing a birthday dinner. See the Kabocha and Fennel Soup post for the full menu. I’ll post the Tarte Tatin recipe this Saturday.