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The Life-Changing Magic of XO Sauce

(Update 4/19/19 – Red Hot Kitchen’s XO sauce recipe has been featured in The New York Times Magazine! Sam Sifton also urges you to make it in the Times’ What to Cook This Week, on Facebook, and Twitter. What are you waiting for? 🙂 If you like heat and umami, give it a try!) Red…

Savory Watercress and Shallot Chinese Pancakes

Continuing with my May and June of cooking with watercress, I’ve come up with a lot of ways to use the nutritious leafy green. Stir-fries. Salads. Dumplings. Pasta. Tartines. And now, a riff on Chinese scallion pancakes. Sure, you’ve had scallion pancakes before in restaurants and possibly from street vendors if you’ve been to China. But…

Shiitake and Watercress Risotto

I’ve been on a risotto kick lately. Which is rare, because for years I didn’t really cook it at home. Pasta meals for me were usually cooked last minute,  a quick fix if I’m hungry and short on time and fresh ingredients. But lately I’ve learned to appreciate the slow art of risotto-making. The layering…

Join Me on the Food of the Italian South Book Tour!

Join Me on the Food of the Italian South Book Tour!

OMG Food of the Italian South is out today! It feels like this book has been so long in the making (possibly because it has?) and I can hardly believe it’s finally hitting bookstores in less than 48 hours. Over the past 3 months, while the book was being printed, I was organizing the first of…

East-Meets-West Watercress Dinner with Ming Tsai

Whenever I go home to Boston or visit relatives in Hong Kong, I’m reminded on how much watercress features into Chinese cuisine. Whether we’re eating out or dining in, it was common to have a plate full of stir-fried watercress. Sometimes it would be simply dressed with a little garlic, rice wine, and soy sauce….

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