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Poached Monkfish with Thai Hot Sauce
Appetizers

Poached Monkfish with Thai Hot Sauce

 

 Monkfish is quite possibly the most underrated affordable fish. The texture is similar to lobster and the flavor is delicate. This Thai hot sauce is an amazing blend of hot, sour, and salty tastes. In a Thai kitchen, fish sauce would be added to provide saltiness and depth; but in […]

Grilled Bluefish with Grape Leaves
Entrees

Grilled Bluefish with Grape Leaves

 

 Since bluefish is a lean, flaky fish, it gets wrapped in briny grape leaves then tossed directly on the grill. This way, the fish won’t fall apart while it cooks. When I worked at Annisa restaurant in New York, I used to watch the grill chef work her station. She always […]

Easy Rustic Pavlova
Desserts

Easy Rustic Pavlova

 

 Pavlova is a surprisingly unique dessert. It’s not at all what you expect and manages to satisfy a lot of cravings with one package. It’s delicate, sticky, fluffy, creamy, crispy–strawberries tie the whole thing together. A pavlova is basically a giant meringue cookie topped with whipped cream, so of course, […]

Vegan Panna Cotta with Citrus and Basil
Desserts

Vegan Panna Cotta with Citrus and Basil

 

 This is a light yet satisfying vegan panna cotta that uses almond and coconut milk instead of cream–a perfect way to end a heavy meal. While traditionally panna cotta is thickened with gelatin, I’ve opted for agar and kuzu for a healthy, creamy dessert. In the world of health-supportive cooking, agar […]

This is as rich and decadent as any fudge but without all the sugar.
Desserts

Easy Tahini Fudge

 

 If you have 5 minutes, then you should try this easy tahini fudge. You can thank me later. When I write a blog post, I often spend hours or days testing a recipe to get it just right, but this tahini fudge was perfect my first try. It’s creamy, rich, […]

Focaccia Walnut Pesto Pizza
Entrees

Focaccia Walnut Pesto Pizza

 

 Creamy, crispy, and savory with a rich walnut pesto sauce, this is my version of cheese pizza, though possibly even more addictive. I use a cashew based cheese with nutritional yeast to give the pizza a deep flavor and a gorgeous melty texture, all on top of a spongy focaccia. […]

Day 1: AP flour, filtered water, and fruit
Techniques

Basic Sourdough Starter

Every kitchen has its own ecosystem with its own unique microorganism populations. This is why sourdoughs from specific locations can be so distinctive. Depending on environmental factors like temperature and amount of wild yeast, your starter could take anywhere from 3 or 4 days to begin to bubble. Once these […]

Chickpea Tikka Masala
Entrees

Chickpea Tikka Masala

 

 This is the kind of tikka masala that I crave when I want the flavors of an Indian curry stand without the Delhi belly. Funny thing. I’ve actually been to India, but I never got to leave the airport. Turns out, you have to apply for a visa ahead of […]