Balsamic Maple Grilled Chicken and Summer Veggies

All the flavors of summer, grilled and glazed with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Easy and completely delicious. INGREDIENTS ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon of your favorite spice blend.  I’m a Savory Spice Shop junkie, so I used three different spice combos to see how they would taste:   Georgia Boys […]

Rosemary Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I don’t even know what to say.  This is not only the best fried chicken I have ever made — it’s the best fried chicken I have ever HAD!  Seriously.  I’ve never tasted chicken this flavorful — in. my. entire. life. I heard a story on NPR the other day about Michael Ruhlman who I […]

Asian Turkey Burgers with Ginger Sesame Slaw

All the flavor of my favorite potstickers without the tedious wrapping and folding.  Both burgers and slaw  take about ten minutes of chopping, and then YEAH!  Gold stars for us!   Ginger, lemongrass, and that delicious jaw zapping umami flavor exploding like pop rocks in my mouth.  It’s killing me NOT to go in for […]

My New Favorite Roast Chicken

Move over Zuni — there’s a new chicken in town, and it might just trump your own amazing one.  Deliciously Greek-y yet somewhat Zuni-y at the same time.  I might just add those Zuni croutons when I make this again because I AM going to make this again . . . soon.  You’re gonna wanna […]

Chicken Chilaquiles

My colleague and friend, Hector, is an amazing cook.  He makes awesome salsas with complex flavors, tacos de papas, tacos de anything at all and the best chilaquiles I’ve ever had. The past couple of summers he and his wife, Belen, and Marron and Stanley have come up to Mark and Tony’s home in Sonoma, […]

Diane’s Vietnamese Fried Chicken

 Love at first bite!  Super duper fingerlicking GREAT!  EASY to make — light and crunchy outside and flavorful and moist on the inside. Sweet, sour, salty and spicy–all the flavors of Vietnam. One of my favorite blogs of the past two or three years is White on Rice ( by Diane Cu and Todd Porter, professional […]

Moroccan Chicken, Preserved Lemons and Olives

My last day of cooking in Mark and Tony’s great kitchen in Sonoma, so I wanted to showcase some spices from The Savory Spice Shop–Tan-Tan Moroccan Seasoning, Saffron and Preserved Lemons.  And I’m off to do a little chopatta, so I can get this in the oven.   SERVES 4–6 INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp. kosher salt, […]

Holy Mother of Soy Garlic Wings!

Bon Chon is a Korean restaurant in Sunnyvale, CA,  and my former Mecca for the most delicious Korean fried chicken wings I have ever had.  Two or three times a year, I’d make my pilgrimage there for a box of six soy garlic wings with white rice.  I hardly ever left the parking lot without […]

Pastel de Azteca

I think this is a vintage 70’s recipe — my mother’s Aunt Allie’s recipe. Think of it as a type of Mexican lasagne.  At the time, it was quite the treat, creamy, chickeny, sort of enchilada-like. I added some onion and garlic for flavor, and just because.  I think my mom is craving those recipes […]

Giving Thanks for Salt and Turkey

So, we had a completely delicious Thanksgiving dinner this year at Mark and Tony’s. . . I mean COMPLETELY!  From the dry-brined turkey that was unbelievably tasty and the only way to ever make turkey again, to the mashed potatoes we made early and kept hot in a crockpot (thanks NPR!), and the Roasted and […]