When I started working at my biotech job about a year ago, I was introduced to my first taste of Korean food via a dish called Dolsot Bibimbap.
Bibimbap (“bee-beem-bop”) is a combination of rice, sauteed vegetables, and an egg yolk cracked on top (with the intention of mixing it together with the other steaming ingredients) to make a sort of delicious fried rice type dish.
But it gets better.
When you add “dolsot” to the front, it now comes served in a flaming-hot stone/clay pot that causes the rice to become crispy and crackly at the bottom. My favorite version comes with beef. Paired with soy sauce and Sriracha or sweet chili paste, this dish is sure to kick some butt both flavor and uniqueness departments.
While the equipment needed is a little tough to find (dolsot bowls from a Korean market and hot tongs), the dish is worth it and the bowls are inexpensive (about 5$ each here in the bay area).
Some recipes are rather laborious, and then there are some that consist of literally boiling a bunch of vegetables for 5 minutes and then flinging them into a blender. This is the latter kind.
I love me a good salsa verde, and with the simplicity of this recipe as well as the vibrant flavor, I’m a believer. The only way I’d suggest making this better is to roast the peppers a little before popping into the blender, but hey, it’s still good as it is. :)
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I’m bringing you a recipe that’s simple and extremely tasty! Not to mention, pretty healthy given the ingredients.
The basic idea is that small (6-7″ across) flour tortillas are wedged between cups on an upside-down muffin tin and filled with dried beans (to weigh them down). The tortillas are baked for a handful of minutes and BOOM, perfectly crispy and shapely tostada bowls. No oil, lard, or complex equipment necessary!
I’m back! Thank to everyone for being so patient. I decided to take a little hiatus as I was transitioning to a new work schedule as well as beginning training for an upcoming 12k race.
Lets get to the goods: Homemade Mozzarella. It only takes a half-hour and is an easy “instant gratification” recipe. While it’s always easier to just go to the store and pick up a ball of this cheese, there’s something very satisfying in making your own, not to mention the obvious health benefits of making something so fresh.
This recipe is thanks in large part to this site. Please take a moment to visit that site and check out the notes/tips. They’re great and will help very much in this recipe.
I’ve augmented it to adjust for the preparation, and substituted lemon juice for citric acid, as not only could I not find any at the store, but felt that it was a lot more flavorful that way.
This is more like a carrot and ginger chowder. It’s thick and creamy, but without dairy. It’s a low-cal version on the standard “vegetable puree + cream” soup. I made this as a way to get myself back on track after a week of party-food.
Thai Red Curry w/ Chicken Photo: © Laura Encarnacion, 2012
Laura, a friend of mine at work brought this dish to a potluck and I fell in love with it.
Of all the bread recipes I’ve ever made, Pita Bread has the be the easiest. Sure, you have to roll it out, let is rest for 5 minutes, and then flop it onto a cake-rack (I used a clean BBQ’s rack). This recipe makes 5, 6-7″ pita and you only use half of one for each burger. We’re making hummus next so we can wipe the rest out. You can freeze them, but they’re usually last about a week in the fridge.
Ahh, Kale. It’s such a love-hate relationship. I’ve always been romanced into making a kale salad by virtue of it’s sheer beefy-ness when it came to how healthy and fiber-rich it is…only to be disappointed halfway through because it’s just too bitter for me.
Then this recipe came along. It magically transforms shreds of kale into thin, crispy, and tasty pieces of healthy goodness. The flavor is similar to roasted pumpkin seeds. Don’t be surprised if you end up mowing through a whole bunch. I know we destroyed 2 whole bunches in less than 10 minutes.
A different take on pizza. Same ingredients, but this time wrapped in an aromatic and chewy envelope. Calzones are a pretty close precursor to the infamous Hot Pocket, but lack the power to make you want to save them for a hangover craving.
A basic pizza dough recipe follows, which can also be used to make focaccia if you feel like something different. :)
I found this recipe when I was too lazy to go to the store to get a dressing for a Chinese Chicken salad idea I was craving.
Free of any preservatives and chemical additives, this dressing also doubles as a killer marinade for chicken. Add the ingredients to a jam jar, cap it, and shake it up before use and you’ll never go back. :)