Adventurous and irreverent, I enjoy cooking, traveling, motorcycling, bicycling, reading... and I'm a serial hobbyist.

  • Location: philadelphia
  • Favorite foods: Hard to pick a favorite. SE Asian is high on my list right now. But I enjoy cooking all kinds of cuisines.
  • Last bite on earth: Miang Kham

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How to Make Traditional Cassoulet (And Why You Should Put Chicken in It!)

Mine's in the oven now, developing a nice skin and looking a lot like the photos. And smelling really good. I used chicken thighs and merguez lamb sausages and both pork and duck broth that I had in the freezer. My question: if the purpose of a cassole is to expose more surface area, what about cooking it in a shallow... casserole dish? Would it cook too fast, maybe, with more surface area on the bottom as well as the top?

Foolproof Vegan Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Easier and safer to use an immersion blender.

Seriously Asian: Jackfruit

I bought a whole, ripe, fresh jackfruit today from a Cambodian street market here in a Philadelphia park. I'd never even had jackfruit until the first time I visited this market a few weeks ago and sampled some--it's amazing. So I watched a few videos and figured out how to cut and clean it. I was planning to try to can some (since so often it's seen in cans--and my freezer has little room), but the woman I bought it from strongly suggested freezing instead of canning... any thoughts on that?

Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites (Miang Kham) From 'Simple Thai Food'

I've made this quite a few times--with spinach leaves before I had access to "cha plu" or betel leaf (a variant of a pepper plant, I'm growing some myself). It is amazing--a single bite of explosive flavor. I cut everything into 1'4" cubes and even with mature ginger it's not overwhelming. Not with all the accompaniments. But in my version everything is cubed to the same size, including peanuts (maybe left whole) and lime....


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