Almond Crusted Mahi Mahi with Basil Coconut Sauce and Mango Salsa

Last weekend we were invited to a friend’s house for a Thai dinner. The wife half of this couple has a Thai sister-in-law who has schooled her well in her home country’s ingredients and assembly. I stood by sipping a beer and watched as 8,000 piles of mise en place were skillfully pulled together. They resulted in a wonderful range of intensely spicy to sweet dishes all built with what amounts to a complex depth of flavors. The finely chopped beef dish (laab?) had an eye-opening heat that spread slowly but intensely until it was cooled and elevated to a … Continue reading

    A Slow Start to This March

    I have to admit I have not really been very prepared to tackle this meatless month. I had no real ideas, inspirations, much time or motivation. But lucky for us, we did have a variety of vegetables to choose from, so I got the party started and Ryan finished it. These collaborations are often the best if you are able to kill your initial visions because you set the stage for the meal and then it just arrives in front of you complete. I had prepped some broccoli, roasted some tiny shiitakes (soy, sesame oil, mirin, garlic), cut and seeded … Continue reading

      Thai Sausage Banh Mi

      A couple months ago I made a big vat of thai sausage, and just pulled out the last batch from the freezer. As we had carrots, cilantro, cucumber and jalapenos I instantly thought of Banh Mi and decided to get a baguette and some daikon. The first time we served the sausage we had cold, sweet corn soup on the side and the flavors went so well together that I started thinking I might have to serve little corn soup shooters with the sandwich. That didn’t seem quite right, but I was pretty sure I needed sweet corn in some … Continue reading

        A Slightly Less Nice Presentation Than the First

        Not long ago we had friends over for dinner and I was determined to make this chilled corn soup. It’s just a beautiful summer essence in a bowl and pondering other fabulous things to go with it I considered lobster and crab (too pricey), some dumpling bonanza (too time consuming right at the time we should all be socializing) and settled on some homemade thai sausage. I am not really sure I knew that right away- I just figured I’d make a pork sausage with lots of crazy flavorings like lemongrass, ginger, cilantro, chiles, form it on some skewers, grill … Continue reading