It’s Banh Mi, Bitch (Archive)

A 90s pop icon well-versed in teenage masochism and the limbo we call coming-of-age (apparently it’s located in Arizona) once sang, “Gimme, gimme more. Gimme. Gimme, gimme more.” This mantra really resonates with me, particularly when it comes to sandwiches, sandwich-like foods, and the noble banh mi. Limited too, Hit Clips, and throngs of frosted haired pop groups may be relics of the…

Sambar Stew (Archive)

  Ok. Stew. I’m going to skip the “omg it’s almost winter, the season for tummy warming stew recipes to savor while you light a fire, cozy up to your flanneled SO Chad/Tammy and his/her adorable rescue mutt, and watch the snow fall outside your window” recipe preamble. It’s cold and dark outside and innumerable…

Choco-banana Muffins with Salted Caramel (Archive)

Banana bread is what one would call the unfortunate dessert at the bake sale. And banana muffins are, well, the unfortunate’s sickly friend who gets a pat on the back and awkward smiles from passersby. Ok, yeah, it’s sugary. You’re being super economical and crafty by using up those disgusting looking bananas. Oh look, you…

Viet-Thai 2 Ways: Panang Summer Rolls & Salad (Archive)

    Thai and Vietnamese cuisines are complimentary but very different beasts. I admit I am no expert on the Thai or Vietnamese palate, like AT ALL, but I grew up eating this stuff enough to know that their flavor profiles are distinct. Many a restaurant claims to be both at the same time, which…

White Bean & Walnut Collard Wraps (Archive)

  You might be thinking that this recipe looks like a pile of random ingredients. You would be correct. Basically I neglected to plan my last grocery shopping trip and came home with arbitrary and seemingly mismatched food stuff. Bitter melon? I’ll throw that in the cart. A mound of teff flour I’ll never ever…

B’Fast Hash (Archive)

I have no time in the morning. I don’t even have time to spell breakfast. Monday through Friday it’s b’fast. A working girl’s gotta b fast if she’s going to get to the office on time. I’m supposed to be there by 8 am, so naturally I set my alarm for 7:30, snooze twice, then…

BB Stew (Archive)

Yeah, yeah, I know. Spring is upon us. Summer is almost here. Stew is a winter dish. It’s almost 100 ºF and no one needs hot soup to literally warm the cockles (i.e., ventricles and atria) of his/her heart. But screw it, this is my go-to soup dish for all seasons when I want cheap and…

B.S. Salad (Archive)

I call this little number Bullshit Summer Salad. Why? 1) Because my tastebuds want this salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 8 days a week, and wanting a salad that much seems like a bunch of b.s. and 2) I recreated it from Saba Restaurant‘s b.a. salad and I’d be bullshitting you if I passed it off as my own….

Kung Pao Lotus Root (Archive)

**Gu’s: an unassuming Szechuan joint on Buford Highway that serves many a dish teeming with peppercorn and chili. The stuff of my wildest food dreams. Their kung pao lotus root is incredible (among other dishes) and 100% worth the longish drive. When couch potato fever hits me in the middle of intense Szechuan withdrawals, however…