I didn’t know there was “101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die” until I met Jet Tila. Quite frankly, I can’t even name 30 Asian dishes by their proper name, let alone know how to make them. I didn’t even realize by the nature of the title of Jet’s latest cookbook that he would challenge me to cook every recipe in his book.
Spicy daikon radish stands in for rice paper wraps in this unique recipe. Thinly sliced daikon is stuffed with shiso (a Japanese herb that has a minty basil flavor) cucumber, avocado, sprouts, and mint. It is garnished with black sesame seeds and drizzled with a bright citrus sauce.
This Japanese inspired recipe is from Jean-Christian Jury’s latest culinary publication Vegan: The Cookbook. If you’re not vegan, don’t let the title detour you from this plant-based gold mine.
Outdoor entertaining just got elevated with this gorgeous potato salad. It is perfect for picnics and potlucks because is it doesn’t contain any mayonnaise—just fresh herbs, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. The blend of red, white & purple potatoes makes this lighter version of potato salad a show-stopper. Continue Reading →
One of my favorite childhood flavors is Rhubarb. It was practically a weed on our Midwest farm. Every year we planted all types of vegetables, but never rhubarb (yes, it is a vegetable), because it was always just there. Now, when I see rhubarb at the market or in the stores in Los Angeles, my heart skips a beat. Although rhubarb pie is my favorite, I am learning to prepare it in ways that really lets the rhubarb’s true character shine through.
I learned this from Deborah Madison, award-winning author of fourteen cookbooks. She is known for her seasonal, vegetable-based cooking. In her latest book, In My Kitchen, Deborah’s simple approach to cooking really lets the vegetable’s flavor be the star. Continue Reading →
I recently was accused of being a food history geek. As I opened my mouth to dispute this bizarre accusation, I stopped because I realized, with humility, that it is true. I am a total food history geek. I lay awake nights as I wonder about things like, the food King Tut chose for his journey into the afterlife (watermelon and beets) or what Charlemagne insisted be in every garden in his kingdom (a fish pond).
When I started reading Joan Nathan‘s latest cookbook, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from around the World, I found a kindred spirit. I couldn’t put it down. It’s a food history geek’s dream. Continue Reading →
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She Paused 4 Thought
Welcome to She Paused 4 Thought, a place to explore recipes, travel the world and laugh along the way. Since graduating from New School of Cooking, I love experimenting with food locally and globally. Enjoy!