Archive for the ‘Vegan Optional’ Category

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 […]


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 […]


I have developed a theory that all the world’s most popular foods successfully blend ingredients from multiple major food and flavor groups. If you think about pizza and burritos as examples, they both meet this standard. Both incorporate vegetables, a protein, grains, and some source of fat. Both have strong flavors: pizza has more of […]


I have experimented with granola lately and my coworkers have been my guinea pigs. I really tried to push the boundaries with this granola, and I hit the mark for one colleague and missed for another. I was happy that it was bold enough to inspire strong reactions, so it felt like a successful experiment! […]


This is a super simple recipe I developed awhile ago, and revived to share at a weeknight dinner in honor of a friend’s birthday. It is a recipe that can be mostly prepped ahead and quickly put on the table. The crunch of the bread, the creaminess of the ricotta and the tang and sweetness […]


We were deep into a lazy summer Sunday when we started to make dinner plans. Given the heat, our need for a nap, and all the opportunity still left in the day (going to the pool!), we decided to order takeout pizza. I offered to make a salad, and felt inspired by the day to […]


Spring is here! The sun shone more days than not this past week in SF. Asparagus and strawberries are in the markets. Jasmine is blooming in my neighborhood. I feel that rush of adrenaline (Seattleites know what I’m talking about) that only spring can create. In honor of the arrival of spring,  I have created […]