In Season: Kumquats

 

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People in developed countries are spoiled when it comes to the availability and variety of food they have access to; especially so in and around urban centers.  Because our food supply chain is so globalized, most people don’t think of when a produce is in season.  The fact that I can make fresh guacamole in New York in the dead of winter is at most a small miracle and at the very least a logistical triumph.  But still, there are some products that remain elusively seasonal.

One of my favorites is the kumquat. Read More

Brown Rice Turkey Congee: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey Congee

Thanksgiving leftovers are great until you open up the refrigerator a week before Christmas and see Tupperware containers of uneaten turkey breast ready for the trashcan.  At the same time, there are only so many turkey sandwiches that one can eat.  When it comes down to divvying up leftover turkey in my family, I usually go for the carcass only.  I use it to make stock that can be frozen and used later.  This year, I also picked up a drumstick – BONUS!  My aunt took the turkey wings and told me she was making congee (jook in Cantonese).  I thought it was a great idea and wanted to do the same. Read More

Brussel Sprout Pistachio Pasta

Brussel Sprout Pistachio Pasta

In the beginning of the week, I often make a meal that will feed me and my wife for a couple of days.  Its economical and easy, and, since I work nights, its one of the only times I can to cook at home.  And when it comes to making “family meal” sized portions, pasta is always a good way to go.  But just because I have to cook in bulk doesn’t mean I can’t have some fun. Read More