Chicken Adobo– to be or not to be, dry/saucy, salty/vinegary, coconut milk or not…so many choices!

The venerable Philippine Culinary historian, Doreen Fernandez once quipped that Filipino cooks were “a galaxy of flavor adjusters.” If one were to poll 100 Filipinos and asked for their adobo recipe, one would surely get 100 different variations (if not more), identifiable by localities (from over 7,000 islands) with tastes quite different from the next….

Pho-licious Beef Short Ribs– it’s all about the BROTH!

Ask any Pho aficionado what makes a perfect pho and many will definitely say, “It’s all about the broth!” I am one of the temperamental tasters of pho who definitely can write about an epic poem on finding the best tasting broth. I have been to many Vietnamese households, including my best friend Kiana’s, but…

Heartwarming Osso Buco for a Wintry Night

There are many kinds of stews, but they all have something in common–a hearty appeal! Stews build upon a robust tasting broth often thickened with potatoes or a starchy root vegetable, then slowly braised so that the meat literally falls off the bones (yes, by all means, include bones or the very least use them…

Uplifting Winter Bolognese Sauce with Pappardelle

The cold wintry nights and endless sunless months are challenging to even the native Seattleites.  Eating the right kinds of food and adding the right activities can make people less susceptible to SAD. This recipe can bring anyone out of a rut, and the taste alone can comfort even in the blistering of winters. The kitchen will…