Mar 19

Trinh Diem Vy is a third generation Vietnamese cook and is considered one of the country’s most reputable restaurateurs. During a trip to Hoi An a few years ago I had the opportunity to take a class at her famous Morning Glory Cooking School and the experience was undoubtedly the highlight of my time in [...]

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Jan 22

When you are eight months pregnant and spend most of your time chasing an unruly toddler around the house, the few precious hours to yourself are usually not spent on your feet. So when I found myself devoting a good hour to peeling and dicing a small mountain of root vegetables the other day I [...]

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Jan 02

I thought I had discovered the perfect winter salad a few weeks ago, but it turns out there was room for improvement. Last summer, on a vacation in Vermont, a jewel of a vinaigrette made itself known to me at an unassuming Turkish restaurant. Clearly a house staple, the mixture sat in small glass bottles [...]

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Sep 05

In a few short days my kitchen will be packed up and the bare bones of  a fifties style cook space will, for once and all, be torn down. My feelings are mixed, as the prospect of five weeks without a place to heat my skillet and store a day’s worth of groceries is like [...]

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May 14

The saying “never trust a skinny chef” made perfect sense to me before I actually became one.  The thought is that most good cooks like to eat, and if they are not pleasantly plump from tasting their own food, maybe the food is not all that good to eat. However the reality is most professional [...]

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Feb 14

I have a new resolution to cut back on my daily trips to the market, and utilize what is already in stock in my kitchen. Months can go by without me remembering that, for no particular recipe, I purchased several bags of Beluga lentils to have for a rainy day. The obvious incentive for utilizing [...]

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Jan 24

Three years ago I took a trip to Vietnam through the Worlds of Flavor program. The trip was led by Mai Pham, a chef whose ability to demystify Vietnamese cuisine is outshined only by her superb cooking.  In addition to managing her famed restaurant Lemongrass, Mai has devoted much of her life’s work to the [...]

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Sep 24

The Big Night Italian blood runs strong in our family. Signs of it have always been there, but being married to someone not from Italian lineage makes the difference stand out even more so. And while my husband may not quite understand my abnormal obsession with the perfect shot of espresso, heaping piles of broccoli [...]

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Mar 12

Homemade falafel is amazingly cheap, delicious and easy to prepare at home. However, it’s not without faults. Formulating a recipe where the chickpeas create a thick enough paste, the spice blend is just right, and the batter fries up into cohesive golden balls seems simple in theory but frustrating in practice. The crux of the [...]

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Feb 22

Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that take the longest to master. I struggled for nearly five years to find a recipe for really crispy fried chicken that I could make at home and be fully satisfied with. More often than not the results turned out tasteless, soggy and grease slicked pieces of chicken that after [...]

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