Easy Fried Shallots in the Microwave

I got seriously hooked on fried shallots while traveling in Indonesia. What do you serve fried shallots with? Everywhere we went in Indonesia, our soups, salads, fish dishes, and sates … Read more

overhead shot of garlic noodles with some being lifted by chopsticks.

Burmese Garlic Noodles

Garlic noodles from my favorite Burmese restaurant are among the foods that I crave most. With this quick, easy recipe, you can make them at home any time. And the … Read more

overhead shot of 2 halves of pita bread stuffed iwth eggplant, roasted pepper and fresh basil.

Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade pita bread is surprisingly easy to make. It’s a simple yeast dough left to rise briefly. And it bakes up into deliciously puffy pita pockets. They are perfect for … Read more

Crispy Scallion Pancakes

Scallion pancakes feature in one of my foundational food memories: My little-kid legs sticking to the red vinyl of the restaurant chair, my stomach growling, as I wait eagerly for … Read more

Roasted Carrots with Rosemary

I have a garden! And OMG IT MADE CARROTS! After decades of apartment living, last year I finally moved to a sweet little house with a beautiful, sunny backyard. But … Read more

Smoked trout spread on crackers on a cutting board

Super Lemony Smoked Trout Spread

Have you noticed, attentive readers, how much I love smoked fish? (Permit me to introduce into evidence Exhibit A and Exhibit B.) This is because smoked fish has a very delicious … Read more

Sardine salad in a blue bowl with bread on the side

Sardine Salad with Parsley and Lemon

Tapas-style sardine salad makes a good appetizer, lunch, small dinner plate, snack, or even breakfast. I owe a big thank you to my food-loving friend Carolyn for introducing me to … Read more