Olive Oil Cake

Someone sent me this amazing recipe, and I just have to share it with you all. (The “Author” in bold below is not me.) Author Notes: Olive oil cake at its best has a crackling crust and an aromatic oil-rich middle, which, if it held any more moisture, would be pudding. Pulling this off should be …

20 Minute Yakiudon

Many of you might think of Udon as the thick chewy noodle in udon soup, but it can also be served dry(ish) and sauteed. Sometimes I’m in a jam for time, and I don’t have dashi stock lying around, so I opt for the faster dry version of udon. Last Thursday night, I clocked this …

Braised Duck Legs

Ever get a craving for duck confit? Duck confit takes an absurd 5 hours to cook, but that’s not the problem (at least not the problem that I have a solution to). The problem is that the duck is slowly poached in a vat of its own fat, and the duck is expensive enough as …

Roasted Artichokes

  This recipe takes 5 minutes to prep, an hour to cook (go watch TV!), and then about another 30 minutes to slowly eat with your friends. A good friend sent me a link of a simple recipe easily searchable online, but I’m going to walk you through it anyway. I didn’t know from before, but artichokes …

Chinese Sauteed Fish Fillet

For some reason the title above generated very few correct searches on the internet, but if I searched “yu pian” which means fish fillet in Chinese, all sorts of almost correct searches showed up. Last week a friendly coworker went fishing and caught a massive Tautog, or Blackfish. He generously shared his bounty with me. …

Refried Black Beans

I don’t think of this as a side really. Refried black beans are more like a staple. You should learn to cook it just like rice, noodles, and mashed potatoes. Basically delicious stuff that you put on the side of other stuff that makes everything more delicious. Ingredients: bag of black beans 8 cloves of …

Beef Tendon Stew

You know the guy who orders the same thing at every restaurant? That’s my dad. But it’s not like he orders a burger. He goes to every Chinese restaurant and orders a Niu Lan Bao, or a Beef Tendon Casserole. It’s quite an involved dish, and that’s how he judges if the chef is legit. …

Duck Roulade

After all my duck roasting I had one more duck breast left! Never shop while hungry. Alas my ban on smoking up the house has been reinstated, and for days I was SOL. Then one day, the French Laundry cookbook arrived on my doorstep… and it has a duck recipe that doesn’t require spewing oil particles into …

Best. Creamed Corn. Ever

Dear Thomas Keller, When I went to Per Se, I thought everything that you ever told me (through Youtube videos and what not) was a lie. After your famous oysters and pearls dish, it all went downhill. The meal was finally too much to take when I found out that most of the chocolate truffles …