Lemongrass Dry-Brined Turkey

This recipe is a simple asian twist on your traditional Thanksgiving roast turkey. I used the dry-brining method after reading a few different blogs about why it works: essentially, liberally salting the turkey draws the moisture out of the meat at first and then as the salt dissolves, creates a brine directly on the surface, which…

Vietnamese Spicy Lemongrass Hot Pot

Hotpot is an awesome meal for entertaining because your guests do all the cooking, it’s very flexible as far as ingredients, and it’s a fun interactive, messy experience for all! The only hard part that you as the host/hostess have to take care of is making a bangin’ broth for your guests to cook their…

Asian Cajun Crab Boil

It’s summertime and I’ve had a crab boil on my mind for weeks now. Not sure why, since I’ve never actually done one myself, but the idea of a spicy cauldron of yummy crustaceans and sweet corn has been on my mind for a few weeks. Luckily, I have a good friend with a boil…

Greek Watermelon Salad

My friend Irma is Indonesian and her husband Anthony is Greek. She is an amazing cook and dynamic character full of good stories and good food.   I went to her house a few weeks back to learn how to make Greek food through Athena Hour – a women’s networking event I started this year…

Seafood, Chicken & Chorizo Paella

The very first time I had paella was in Biarritz, France, a tiny coastal town on the border with Spain, that I visited as a student for an art festival with my professor and a few other students. My innocent palate was enchanted by this dish that was teaming with so many ingredients to discover…