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I Haven’t Written That Book Yet

I always thought it would be fun to write a book. I was sure of the topic — it would be the story of my heritage, stemming from the fact that I’m a first generation American and how my family ended up in the United States.…

March 3, 2017
Pink Hats, Damned Rats and Paying the Piper
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Pink Hats, Darned Rats and Paying the Piper

Saturday, January 21, 2017 was bookended by time spent in bars in San Francisco. Regardless of the side of the aisle on which you sit, it was probably a fitting activity for the day after Donald Trump’s Inauguration. For me, it was more than simply…

February 3, 2017
Spicy Shrimp Pho with Udon Noodles
Pan Asian Recipes Seafood Soups and Stews

Spicy Shrimp Pho with Udon Noodles

Pho — the clear soup broth which holds the secret to eternal health, at least in my book, is the guiding light for this spicy shrimp soup. Pho, pronounced fuh, is a Vietnamese beef or chicken-based broth that cooks for hours. This version doesn’t require the time investment,…

February 3, 2017
Lobster with Candied Ginger Thai Beurre Blanc Sauce
Pan Asian Recipes Seafood

Lobster Moscato With Thai Ginger Beurre Blanc Sauce

Moscato isn’t typically found paired in recipes with lobster and other shellfish, but the sweet wine balances well here with a beurre blanc sauce dramatically flavored with subtly spicy candied ginger. Don’t worry if you’re landlocked; frozen lobster tails work perfectly and create a…

February 3, 2017
Crispy Salmon Piccata
Fish Italian Recipes

Crispy Salmon Piccata

After dining at il piatto, an Italian restaurant in Santa Fe, I was determined to recreate their salmon piccata dish at home. With its rustic farmhouse style and simple ingredients, it’s one of those dishes that makes sense, and yet the combination — zucchini, leeks, capers and…

February 3, 2017