Pork and Pickled Daikon Stir-fry

When it comes to pickled vegetables, nobody does it better than Asian grandmothers.  They’ve spent years and years stuffing crates of it for their family whilst simultaneously slapping hands away and telling people, ‘You’re doing it wrong.  Go sit down.’  If you ever have the opportunity to avail yourself of an older Asian woman who…

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The Perfect Mojito

    For me, nothing puts me in a more ‘vacation relaxed’ frame of mine than sipping on a Mojito. Doesn’t matter if I’m on vacation or in some local bar after work.  One taste of it and I’m transported back to my single carefree twenties!   What’s beautiful about this cocktail is that beautiful…

My Favorite Salsa

        In my experience, homemade is best made.  I make what I can from scratch – pasta sauces, soups, salad dressings and even sausage meat, bread and pasta if and when I had the time.  If I could do subsistence farming and produce my own fruit, vegetable, meat and dairy then I…

Spice Paw’s Chili

  America is a land of polarization.  East Coast versus West Coast.  The North versus South.  Right wing politics versus left wing politics.  The list goes on and on about what Americans fight with each other over.  Dare I say, one of the more sillier hot topic debates people go crazy over is chili.  …

Apple Churros

  As someone with not much of a sweet tooth, I typically shy away from donuts.  It is always a surprise to me when all of a sudden I develop a desperate craving for a good apple fritter.  It could be that I am missing my home state of Washington with its delicious apples. Maybe…

Bacon Pesto Brunch Pastries

  Ever watch the Great British Bake Off?  Contestants of all ages and backgrounds compete over who can make the best cake, tart , biscuit and/or pastry.  Using their best efforts and a small child’s weight in butter, they create stunning baked goods only to be told in critical detail that it’s just not right. …

Take the time to brine

    Story goes that my grandmother had a little jet stream diner in NYC back in the day.  In that diner, she supposedly had the best chicken.  The taste of which, you simply couldn’t get at home. When asked what her secret to making her chicken so juicy and tender, she would tell you…

Yellow Curry Paste for the lazy

  Let me begin by saying that there are a lot of really good Thai yellow curry paste recipes out there.  These recipes are beautiful, sophisticated and authentic and require patience, time, and careful detail.  There was a time in my life when I would happily have spent the entire day meticulously collecting ingredients, smoking…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

When I was a child, my favorite food was Chicken Cordon Bleu.  In my opinion, there was nothing to dislike.  Someone somewhere in Switzerland had come up with a sinfully perfect combination of fried chicken with a salty ham and molten cheese center. As someone who LOVES fried chicken, I can’t think of anything better….