chicken karaage: japanese fried chicken

Chicken Karaage: Japanese Fried Chicken

I’ve always had a thing for fried foods: french fries, onion rings, corn dogs, and doughnuts. You name it, if it’s fried, chances are good that I’d love it.  Without a doubt, my favorite fried food is fried chicken. When I make it at home, I used to use a  traditional Southern fried chicken recipe with buttermilk until I discovered chicken karaage, Japanese fried chicken, or JFC, for short. Now, it’s my go-to fried chicken recipe. Continue reading

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raw: hawaiian-style salmon poke

Hawaiian-style Salmon Poke

Sushi is arguably the most popular raw fish dish (and my absolute favorite), but there are many other raw fish dishes from around the world.  Over the next few posts, I would like to share my interpretation of some other raw fish dishes I’ve enjoyed. First up is poke, a staple of “pupu” platters across Hawaii, traditionally made with cubed raw fish marinated in Hawaiian sea salt, soy sauce, roasted crushed candlenut, sesame oil, ogo or other types of seaweed, and chopped chili pepper.

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bo luc lac, vietnamese shaking beef

Bo Luc Lac or Vietnamese Shaking Beef

Fish sauce, a staple ingredient in many Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia, is made from fermented fish and sea salt. While it may not sound or smell appetizing, fish sauce adds a complex  flavor to food. It is added to dishes during the cooking process or used straight or as a base for dipping sauce. Continue reading

miso-glazed japanese eggplant

It is Japanese eggplant season at my house.  Every week for the past few weeks, I have been harvesting two to three eggplants from the seedling I planted in early June. As it turns out, the variety I planted, called ‘Ichiban’, is a fast-growing and prolific producer of slender, purplish-black fruit. Like all eggplant, this Japanese hybrid thrives in warm weather, so it is very content in a warm, sunny spot in my garden. Continue reading

football food: asian chicken wings with lime, ginger, and soy sauce

Asian Chicken Wings with Lime, Ginger, and Soy Sauce
To many Americans, football season means getting together with friends to watch the big game.  Aside from the thrilling action of the game, a big part of the fun and festivities is the food.  Football food has to be easy to handle as table space is limited around the couch or tailgate so finger foods are ideal.  Over the next couple of posts I will share with you a few recipes perfect for your next football gathering or tailgate party.  So, instead of ordering takeout for the next big game, I hope I inspire you to try one of these recipes. Continue reading