Archives for the month of: July, 2012


For a simple weekday dinner, I made some grilled chicken breasts with tomato salsa. Sounds plain, but the chicken breast are coated with a layer of toasted and crushed cumin seeds, which adds a strong, earthy profile to the meat.

This recipe is also a cinch to make, especially if you have a gas grill. Read the rest of this entry »


Beautiful food always taste better, and when I say beautiful I don’t mean pastry or baked goods. I love letting the natural color and shape of ingredients shine through a dish, but sometimes it’s hard to retain these qualities after the cooking process. I’ve made this black rice salad twice now in the past 30 days, and that’s a rare occurrence for me since I always say there is not enough time for me to make all the dishes I want to try. This is one of those dishes that leave your eyes satisfied as well as your stomach. Read the rest of this entry »


Lobsters are such an amazing ingredient. You can boil it, cut it up and put the pieces of meat in a salad or pasta, boil the shell down to extract favors for seafood broth and sauces, and you can grill them.
In fact one of my favorite things to do is to grill lobsters, and if I can’t grill them due to the weather, I would roast them in an oven.

Grilling lobsters isn’t as complicated as it would seem. Read the rest of this entry »


If you like chocolate, you are going to love these brownies. White chocolate, milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate are the main ingredients for this recipe. The rest? Read the rest of this entry »


After making my Momofuku Birthday Cake for my friend, I had a ton of cake scrap left over. Read the rest of this entry »


In many cultures, holidays are associated with certain type of food. Fourth of July is one of those holidays where everyone barbecues and hangs out with their friends and family. We had a fourth of July party that was relocated last minute Read the rest of this entry »


It was one of my best friends from Dallas’ going away party, which coincided with her birthday month. I asked her if she had any requests for a cake, and she picked the Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Layer Cake. It just happened that I recently bought the Milk Bar dessert cookbook, so i agreed to make her the cake.

You know a cookbook is a good one when you flip through the pages, and a lot of them are stuck together. Read the rest of this entry »


Smoked roasted almonds are one of the most versatile ingredients that I use. They are great on salads or alone by themselves, however, with very little work, they can actually be used as a healthy spice and flavor enhancer that can bring complexity to simple dishes. Read the rest of this entry »


I never understood what the appeal of pecan pie is. I like pecans, I like pie, but a whole pie of sugary pecans? There are other things I rather eat. The only pecan pie that I’ve ever had were pre made ones from cheapo grocery stores so it may be that we started on the wrong foot from the get go.

For our picnic at Zilker, I wanted to make a fruit pie, Read the rest of this entry »


After the successful first Blues On The Green picnic at Zilker Park where I made the grilled shrimp and arugula pitas , we decided to do another picnic.

This time Ben Kweller was playing, and the weather was much hotter. Read the rest of this entry »