Archive for the ‘Vegetarian’ Category

I recently had chia seed pudding at a terrific restaurant in San Francisco and was totally smitten. I love the stuff! It is healthy and light, but filling and satisfying. It is amazing to see the story of the chia seed in the United States: it evolved from a gag gift to a highly trendy […]


creamy corn dip

01Jul14

This recipe was inspired by another recipe that was inspired by Mexican corn on the cob, or elote. I love elote. The tanginess of the lime and the crema, the saltiness of the cotija cheese, the spiciness of the hot sauce and the sweetness of the corn is the perfect combination. I wanted to bring […]


  I was inspired to develop a creative mac & cheese recipe because the local cookbook store, Omnivore Books (how lucky am I, by the way, to be living in a place where there are such things!), was hosting a mac & cheese contest this past weekend. I wanted to take the recipe in a […]


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 […]


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 occasionally take part in cooking contests at a wonderful bookstore in my neighborhood that sells only cookbooks, Omnivore Books. When they announced their latest challenge, a pudding contest, I was eager to develop my entry. I started with prototyping the pudding base, aided by tastes and feedback from my friends and colleagues at the d.school. […]