In summer months (also known as salmon season here in Seattle), I make this planked salmon about once a week. Before I moved to Seattle in the 1990s, I'd never heard of cooking on a plank, and frankly, it sounded like a strange concept. But then, I'd also never been hiking in the … [Read more...] about Easy Planked Salmon (or any other fish)
What makes something taste Italian or Cajun or Moroccan? Here's a quick guide to understanding flavor profiles and how ingredients work together to define various cuisines. What is a flavor profile, anyway? At its most basic, a flavor profile is made up of ingredients that help … [Read more...] about A Cheat Sheet to Flavor Profiles
I have one word to sum up 2020 and 2021 - Kuchisabishii. It's Japanese for "eating when you’re not hungry but you eat because your mouth is lonely." My mouth got so lonely so often that I gained 20 pounds of pandemic weight. Is there a word for cooking when your heart is … [Read more...] about What’s Your Resolution for 2022?
Gently warmed and slathered with butter, this cranberry bread tastes like Christmas morning to me. The flavor is sweet yet tart, and the look beautiful thanks to the cranberries studded throughout. My mother makes this cranberry bread pretty much every Christmas. The idea is … [Read more...] about Recipe: Mom’s Cranberry Bread
There's a reason why I love peppermint bark that begins with a confession: I don't like chocolate. I don't loathe it, I just don't love it. This news always takes people by surprise. Somehow by the mere fact of my gender, it's assumed that I must immediately be in love with all … [Read more...] about Recipe: Easy Peppermint Bark