Living in LA you see men and women in push carts or stands with coolers. Shout out to the Corn Man whose line is usually long. Elotes is corn on the cob while esquites is corn served in a cup or bowl. Since elotes basically has corn, mayonnaise, butter (or margarine, I hear), cheese, and spice(s), I wondered what an Asian interpretation would be.
Lets be honest, I get snacky. Super snacky. And for me, salty > sweet. I had a huge craving for those seaweed snacks but I certainly didn’t want to drive out to get any. The plus side of having a kale plant is that you have a nice supply of fresh free kale on hand. There’s also some fun in taking something healthy and turning it into something I’m pretty sure has little or no nutritional value.
Cured salmon is two things: Delicious, and expensive. This recipe is two things: Easy, and cheap. In the summer, it also involves no cooking or having to spend time near a hot stove.
Limes are cheap right now, lets make something refreshing on these hot summer days.
Father’s day is today and how do we usually celebrate it? By making him man the grill, of course. I’m sure the gift he’ll enjoy most isn’t the ugly ties but the gift of silence and a drink, so make him (or anyone) a nice Michelada while sweating away at the grill.
Potatoes weren’t around too much growing up in a Chinese household. We were rice-based. We only had potatoes during Thanksgiving and Christmas and they were mashed. My mom would take the opportunity to grab a few cooked potatoes before they got smashed and use them for potato salad. My recipe is roughly hers’ give or take a few things.
This was a pleasant surprise. I wanted to try out making carnitas but didn’t want to commit to buying a huge piece of pork shoulder and a lot of lard and spending tons of time. I think the worst feeling when cooking something that takes that much commitment for the first time is when it doesn’t come out right and you gotta eat all of it. Since this recipe is on a smaller scale, it’s a nice little test before you take the plunge.
Nothing says spring like an abundance of cheap cucumbers. I fell victim to that supermarket marketing troupe “X for a $1” In my case it was 7 cucumbers for $1. Shopping tip: If it says 7 for $1, you don’t have to get 7 unless it tells you that you have to for the price. You could buy just 1 cucumber for $0.142857142857.
Everyone seems to be getting sick right now. My friends and family are all telling me how they caught a bug or know someone that’s just hacking their brains out at work. It got me thinking about this drink my mom used to give us to make us feel better when we got the case of the coughs.
A little thing about me. I don’t care for wasting food. Food is expensive and I hate throwing away what I could cook or eat. When I cut up a chicken, I end up cutting the carcass apart and putting it in a container along with the wing tips and neck in a container and freezing it for stock or broth later. It then dawned on me when I was washing and prepping some kale and was just about to throw away the stalks I thought, “I can save these for later.” Continue Reading