Archive for August, 2013

While in Portland, I got the chance to experiment with my friends’ outdoor pizza oven. We took advantage of the season and played with flambéing different fresh fruits. For the Pineapple Flambé I added star anise and vanilla to help develop a more complex flavor. With flambéing fruit, you light alcohol on fire to add to the cooking […]


Below are two cocktails using the soda syrups I developed earlier this week. The Strawberry Jalepeño Syrup goes well with the earthy flavor of white tequila while the richer flavor of the cherry syrup pairs well with bourbon. Both syrups are delicious in plain soda water or as a cocktail. Strawberry Jalepeño Tequila Cocktail Ingredients: Strawberry Jalepeño […]


Here is another foray into fresh fruit sodas, inspired by a cherry lime rickey. The star anise adds depth to the cherries and the lime adds tartness. This syrup also makes a beautiful magenta color. Cherry Anise Lime Soda Syrup Ingredients: 2 cups black cherries, stemmed (but not pitted) 1/2 cup white sugar 1 cup […]


I have been thinking about making homemade soda syrups for a while, and I finally got the chance while on vacation in Portland this summer. Given the season, I decided to capitalize on the fresh fruit of the season. I wanted to balance the sweetness of the strawberry with a bit of spiciness of the jalepeño.   […]


Tis the season for tons of surplus zucchini and squash. In an effort to tackle this challenge (in service of my friends’ beautiful garden) and make a quick and satisfying lunch, I developed this recipe as a riff on eggplant parmesan. Finding soft rolls is important. Be sure to eat this dish soon because the […]


I have recently encountered several savory dishes featuring watermelon, which inspired this dish. The salad balances textures (the soft chewiness of israeli couscous, the crunchy bite of watermelon and the creamy feel of cheese) and flavors (the toastyness of the couscous, the sweetness of watermelon and the saltiness of the cheese), plus the fresh and spicy flavor of […]