Category Archives: Main Dish

How to Cook a Steak (a work in progress)

Although I’m trying to limit my consumption of animal proteins to a moderate amount, I enjoy the occasional steak. One of my ongoing goals is to cook a medium-rare steak consistently, using the stove-top and oven. So far, I’ve achieved medium and rare, but not yet in-between, so this still remains an elusive achievement.

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Simple Marinara Sauce

While living in New York, my roommate’s visiting mom made a marinara sauce that was delightful and memorable in how light and bright it tasted, relying primarily on the sweetness of the tomatoes themselves and the rich texture of the olive oil for flavor. While very simple, that was a very memorable meal and the best marinara sauce I’ve ever had.

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Roasted Squash and Winter Vegetables

Roasted Squash

We were hosting family for a Christmas Eve dinner, and we needed to make some dishes that would taste good without having meat and garlic/onions as ingredients. This dish fit the bill and let the natural sweetness of the winter vegetables provide the flavor.

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Pesto

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Last weekend, we bought a basil plant. Continue reading

Versailles-Inspired Cuban-Style Garlic Chicken

After yesterday’s meal, there was a lot of yellow rice left, but nothing else left-over to go with it. So, I decided to make my own version of Versailles‘ “#6 Famoso Pollo Versailles” (Famous Garlic Chicken).

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Lemon/Lime Cilantro Chicken


At the BBQ my roommate KC hosted a couple weeks ago, his friend marinated and grilled some chicken that turned out quite well. Since I had a handful of lemons and some cilantro on hand, I tried to recreate the magic, or at least approximate it.
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Dongchimi Guksu (White Radish Kimchi with Noodles)

Dongchimi is a mild form of kimchi made from giant white radishes (pictured below) pickled in a briny, watery broth.  I just discovered on Wikipedia that the northern regions of Korea are known for dongchimi, which is traditionally made in the winter when white radishes are in season. Continue reading