Monkey King Noodle, Co. – Dallas, TX

The soup dumpling – something I obviously did not know I couldn’t live without, thanks to Lucky Peach and all their slobbering over dumplings recently [I’m only half-mad, Lucky Peach, you taunting, teasing little weasel]. Living in northern Arizona, I don’t often come across a good dumpling, much less “xiao long bao”. Leave it to …

Hangtown Fry – Updating a Classic, pt 2

In my previous post, I shared my take on updating the classic Hangtown Fry by spicing up the bacon a bit with gochujang paste, frying the oysters in crushed buttery crackers and patiently stirring eggs splashed with cream until velvety curds formed. Including the words “part one” in a piece implies that there will be …

Hangtown Fry – Updating a Classic, pt. 1

In my last post, I was a bit overzealous about amping up the bacon in my ramen by slathering it in the spicy, fermented Korean chile paste, gochujang, along with some brown sugar and soy sauce. I did this to the entire slab of bacon, an as a singleton, found that I had lots leftover …

Wait, what? Ramen is DEAD? I was just getting used to it being my FAVORITE FOOD EVER … at least for right now. Last week I was pleased and excited to see that Lucky Peach (THE food bible) recently launched a website (luckypeach.com – convenient, no?). Well let me back up a moment – first I …

Thai Coconut-Braised Lamb Shanks

I wanted to arrive at Lantern a bit earlier than my “date” (fellow blogger buddy and cooking instructor Stacey of CookEatLife), in part to settle my nerves with a gloriously naughty cocktail in their exotic little lounge hidden in the back, but mostly to sit and bask in a food location long on my bucket-list without …

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas featuring Negra Modelo

From time to time, it becomes necessary for me to send out eviction notices to large hunks of meat taking up prime real estate in my freezer. This generally happens when I’m in the mood to make dumplings  and ramen broth (any time-consuming food process should be done in large quantities in my opinion), but especially …

Feeding Friends, and a Potential New Adventure

When I think about what makes me the happiest, hands down it’s when someone is enjoying a meal I cooked for them. The best meals are admittedly enjoyed with friends and family, but I’ll cook for anyone who is  brave enough to pull up a chair at the table … or anyone who has no …

Mission Street Food’s Pork Belly

  It has taken some time, lots of trial and error, but I think I’ve settled onto a “favorite” pork belly recipe and it comes to me (and now to you) by way of the Mission Street Food cookbook. For the unfamiliar, Mission Street Food was started in the Mission district of San Francisco by …

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