DARKEST BEST SUNDAE FANTASY for CACAO PRIETO
Not because I styled it, but I really want to blow this up and hang it over my bed on the wall. It's the type of image I would want to stare at, just because it makes you feel bad, but in a good/naughty way. Pure pleasure, 100%.
TIRAMISU for CACAO PRIETO
Tiramisu is a classic for a reason - it NEVER goes out of style. As much as I appreciate a good classic, it's fun to twist a little from time to time. This one is made with all organic 4-ingredient "nutella" spread, and man is it awesome. Finger lickin' delish.
PROFITEROLES for CACAO PRIETO
Ice cream + Chocolate + pâte à choux = Heaven on earth. Truly.
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SURF + TURF Adult version
We were trying to think of ways to make the old school feel of surf and turf a bit more femme, and a bit more sexy. Et voilà !
KOREAN BBQ STEAK SSäM
That juicy, mouthwatering meat. Savory Korean BBQ sauce all around. Fresh lettuce, and crunchy radish pickles to bring out that meaty flavor. Yeah, it is a BIG TIME crowd pleaser.
FLUFFIEST PANCAKES w/ BLUEBERRY SAUCE
I want to fall right into the fluffiest part of this pancake stack. That's all.
SPICY KOREAN BBQ WINGS for WE RUB YOU
I'm not even the most Korean Korean person, but can never say no to spicy Korean BBQ wings. In fact, I would assume that if any Korean person didn't dig this like I did, they would be from the North Korea or something. We Rub You also made it super E-Z to make too.
VANILLA CONE + SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE
I won't say anything. Because I know that words can't describe.
MYSTERY DRINK for BOTANICA BK
Nothing like a classic drink, that's a bit sweet, a bit bitter, and largely stiff. Botanica is the place for that.
DRINKS for BOTANICA BK
This is probably what heaven looks like from 9am - 5pm on a most given day for a lot of people. Need I say more?
THE CURE-ALL = CHICKEN CONGEE
If a homemade chicken congee can't cure what ails you, I don't know what to tell ya. This deeply soothing bowl could probably bring you back from the dead. After homemade pho, this is my absolute favorite. Like, I seriously couldn't be friends with you if you wouldn't eat this.
BBQ LANDING for WE RUB YOU
We've got Korean BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, shishito peppers, KIMCHI, ssam, pickled jalapeños, and gochujang. That's a good start right?
HEALTHY WINTER VEGGIES BIBIMBAP
Often times eating healthy vegetable dishes means boring. This delicious and healthy (yes, both!) bibimbap I created for We Rub You is chock full of nutrients and flavors. Quinoa, kale, red cabbage, mushroom, and carrots with sunny side up and sweet spicy gochujang sauce. The sauce is SO GOOD it will make you want to eat a bucket of kale. Trust me on it.
SMOKED SALMON + LEEK QUICHE
I had a leftover lox, some asparagus and dill. And all I could think about was quiche with a simple salad of greens and ripe tomatoes with grassy olive oil all over. The asparagus shaving add freshness to this unctuous and flaky pie. Truly comfort in a pie.
KIDS B DAY PARTY for HONEST TEA
Nothing but cute, fresh, and did I mention fresh??
CHUCK'S FAMOUS BROWNIES for GLWD
Holiday catalog pictures are always boring. I tried to make it a little less boring for God's Love We Deliver because I love them.
GRILLED BRANZINO, PANCETTA, LEMON, HERBS
This delicious recipe by Mikhail Baryshnikov is in the God's Love We Deliver's cookbook. It's simply delicious with hints of lemon, verbena, thyme and pancetta. You will finish it in about... 2 minutes.
MUSHROOM SAUSAGE PASTA
Pasta with creamy mushroom cheese sauce with Trois petits cochons' chicken sausage? Savory, satisfying, yet light and delightful... It melts you into that world of happiness where you never want to get out.
POULET RôTI, BROWN BUTTER FRENCH BREAKFAST RADISHES, ROASTED POTATOES
There is perhaps nothing like roasted chicken that embodies tradition and comfort. It's such a simple meal, yet satisfying in a sense that it feeds body and the soul. It made me sublimely happy, so I highly recommend you to try making the same at home. 100% Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back.
STEAK TACOS WITH CHIMICHURRI
Tacos are one of my all time favorite things to make and to eat. When it is a steak taco, I lose my $hit. It is so juicy, and meaty, and filling, and oh so so satisfying. Definitely my go-to meal to prepare for a small get together for my favorite peeps.
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE for CACAO PRIETO
Chocolate is unlike any. There isn't anything else you can have in place of chocolate. When I have a chocolate craving from time to time, this is EXACTLY what I want. Decadent, dark, and tender cake doused with unctuous dark chocolate ganache. And of course some sea salt. GAME OVER.
BROWN BUTTER, CANDIED BACON, PECAN, CHOCOLATE CHUNK
Words are not necessary to describe what this tastes like. It is as good as chocolate chunk cookies get. You will become a rockstar at the next whatever event you bring these to. Guaranteed.
Local, homemade yogurt + homemade granola + toasted coconut chips + blueberries + cherries + ceremonial grade matcha powder = ENERGY FOR DAYZZZZZ
WHAT SUMMER DREAMS ARE MADE OF
There is nothing like a good lobster boil in the summer. Steamy yet tender lobster meat, warm melted butter, that distinct salty flavor of Old Bay seasoning, grilled corn on the cob dusted with chili, fresh blueberry galette with a dollop of crème fraîche, and icy cold beer to wash it all down with. I'm telling you, these are what summer dreams are made of.
LA GALBI FOR WE RUB YOU
LA Galbi is very special type of meat that everyone goes gaga over. I know, because my friends go crazy over LA galbi bites. It's juicy, it's sweet, it's savory, it's MmMmmMmmm. We Rub You make this awesome sauce that takes all the work out for you so you can spend more time having fun with your guests. Worried about a party you are having? Worry no more!
Korean dumplings are called Mandoo. Typically it has ground pork or beef, crumbled tofu, chives, vermicelli noodles, ginger, and garlic. It not only fills your stomach, it fills your soul.
7 LAYER DIP FOR SUPERBOWL
The game day is all about chips and dips. Bust out your 7 layer dip and boom, you are a super star! MVP will be all yours.
CREAMPUFFS, CHOCOLATE SAUCE
I truly love the simple taste of pâte à choux. It's timeless and versatile. This version is with crème Chantilly and chocolate sauce, and it's light as feather. This treat will be sure to please your mouth as well as your eyes!
ICE CREAM CONES
If the image of ice cream doesn't make you happy, there must be something wrong with you, sorry to say. Ice cream scoops with nice feet around, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, whipped cream, sprinkles, and the cherry on top? Come on folks!
I think sprinkles and funfetti cakes are still the funnest of all cakes. I mean, how can you not feel festive looking at all the different colors? I guarantee, sprinkles cake will be sure to put an ear-to-ear smile on your guest of honor. Yay sprinkles!!
MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
Why not spice up regular brownies with spices and chili? It adds a hint of earthy heat to it, and yum, just yummy.
Earthy and savory, this ragu on freshly made pasta is simple yet sophisticated dish that will make everyone raise their eyebrow in pleasant surprise. Tired of regular pasta dishes? This is the answer.
What late summer has to offer. Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Eggplant, Oregano, Thyme, and Garlic baked into an earthy, gardeny delight. These veggies will show you how meaty they can be.
DARK CHOCOLATE PUDDING
From time to time, I get an intense dark chocolate cravings. There is something utterly satisfying and secretly sensual about the deep taste of chocolate. This chocolate pudding doesn't weigh your palate down with heavy cream and all, but gives you that honest chocolate flavor that you won't forget. I close my eyes and it's like I could still taste it on my tongue. Mmmmmmmmm.
MERINGUE WINTER WONDERLAND
This image makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, because it reminds me of pretty snowed in morning, sparkling and glistening under the early morning sun. Sweet yet light, these lovely meringues melt in your mouth as if it were whispering sweet nothings. Just so lovely.
HOLIDAY COOKIE BOX
Christmas time always reminds me of a holiday market in Germany. Nothing is more sacred than the festive array of sweet little bites. Vanillekipferl (vanilla crescent cookies), Haselnussmakronen (hazelnut macaroons), Chocolate crackle cookies, Brown butter linzer cookies, Decorated sugar and gingerbread cookies, Zimtsterne (cinnamon star cookies), along with cranberry dragée and dried orange slices together are more than enough to WOW your giftee. It's pure love.
NOODLES + DUMPLINGS for TWIN MARQUIS / CJ
Noodles and dumplings are in my DNA. But if they weren't, how could you say no to a delicious soup dumpling or satisfying bowl of noodle soup? Especially in the cold winter months in NYC.
HERITAGE TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving doesn't have to be about quantity. Make it about quality. This heritage turkey was raised ethically, and worth every penny. Start with a quality local ingredient, and feel the gratitude that comes from within. I love every bite of this turkey, and so did my guests.
GREENMARKET THANKSGIVING SPREAD
I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity - and that applies to Thanksgiving meals as well. I know it can be a daunting task to be responsible for a delicious Thanksgiving spread for friends and family. Not so much if you focus on the quality of the ingredients as opposed to the number of dishes you have to make. This simple spread was entirely powered by small farmers at the Union Square Greenmarket, and it couldn't have tasted any better! Stay simple and local and you will wow your friends and family that much easier.
BUDWEISER SUPERBOWL BURGERS
Game day burger better be loaded! Juicy patty, thick layer of cheddar cheese, avo, and eggs..... gotta eat like a champion, ya know?
BANH MI ON BANH MI
I'm obsessed with the Vietnamese pho, but I must say banh mi's are way up there with the noodles. This genius invention where the east meets west, flavors explode in a really good way. This Les Trois Petits Cochons' duck and country pâté banh mi will make you swoon in savory delight.
BUDWEISER SUPERBOWL SPREAD
The game day is all about fun foods right? This dreamy spread of fried chicken with spicy honey drizzled all over, hot and sweet sticky wings, 7 layer dips, and bottles of ice cold beer to wash it all down with.... now this will make it worth the game whether your favorite team wins or loses.
LEFTOVER TURKEY LETTUCE WRAP
Ok, now this is THE BEST recipe for using up leftover turkey. I've tried many different ways to eat up leftover turkey year after year, but this is my favorite, EVER. Shredded turkey tossed in sweet and tangy and spicy Korean BBQ marinade along with quick-pickled watermelon radish and crushed wild sesame, it will make your eyes roll in pure pleasure. Because it did to mine.
BROWNIE MISE EN PLACE
Who doesn't get excited by the prospect of having just baked brownies? Certainly not me.
DIY CHILI BOWL
This shot was created for Goodstock soups from Brooklyn who make delicious and healthy soups all from scratch everyday. This do it yourself style chili bar is a mega hit as a Sunday football lunch. On cold weekends, you will want nothing but to curl up in fuzzy socks and a bowl of this heartwarming chili with your loved ones.
EVERYTHING DUCK FOR LES TROIS PETITS COCHONS
Duck is one of my favorite proteins of all times. It is unique in its flavor and texture, and there is just nothing like it. Its fat is nutty and delicious, and it helps crisp up its skin. A table full of delicious duck dishes is what I consider luxury.
NATTO, OKRA, NAGAIMO, SEARED TUNA
Slimy trio of Natto, Okra, and grated Nagaimo are super super healthy for you (and delicious!!) One of my favorite lunches I ever made for myself.
BIRDS FROM HEAD TO TOE
In the pursuit of utilizing all parts of a poultry in a series for a Slate Magazine X Jaguar collaboration, we came up with these savory chicken feet in a consommé. I still love this visceral image of the soup.
BIRDS FROM HEAD TO TOE
In the pursuit of utilizing all parts of a poultry in a series for a Slate Magazine X Jaguar collaboration, we created this BBQ turkey wings because it's bigger the better right?
BIRDS FROM HEAD TO TOE
In the pursuit of utilizing all parts of a poultry in a series for a Slate Magazine X Jaguar collaboration, we created this chicken and vegetables terrine plus the egg in the middle which brings on the famous question - Chicken or the Egg?
BROWN BUTTER, LEMON, CAPER, SCALLOP
It's no secret brown butter and pasta marry so well. To the toasty, nuttiness of brown butter, add some zing and texture of lemony, crispy bread crumb mixture and brineyness of caper berries. With silky-soft scallops, your body will swoon with deliciousness that's a cut above. Mmm, my mouth is watering.
BRUNCH SPREAD FOR TROIS PETITS COCHONS
Who doesn't like a good brunch on weekends? Especially when they come with delicious cured meats.
AGLIO, OLIO, E PEPPERONCINO
My all time favorite pasta dish - nothing but really good quality olive oil, garlic, chili peppers, and lots of parsley!!! Simple, yet because it's so simple, it needs the perfect balance. Definitely one of my top 5.
I'm sorry. If you don't like freshly made, warm blueberry pancakes with a pat of butter and an honest pour of maple syrup, you are an a$$hole. Nothing is as easy and comforting as this favorite weekend morning treat. Remember, warm pancakes, and a guilty pour of maple syrup are the key.
FRIED EGG, FOIE GRAS, SALAMI
Dare you name a more satisfying breakfast ideas. Well, actually I may have a couple. But seriously, how can you not love this simple yet "haute cuisine" umami brekkie? I don't think I can be friends with you if you don't agree with me.
FAT KID SUNDAY FANTASY
A project I did for an interview once. It's actually a satire of what the reality of food media looks like, funny enough.
HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY POP TARTS
Imagine these delicious childhood breakfast favorite, but made all from scratch! These are bound to bring joy to your eyes and your tastebud!
SPELT BANANA BREAD
Nothing says home-y, cozy, warm like a good ole' homemade banana bread. Now, imagine that but with caramelized brown sugar banana jam and light milk chocolate butter cream. Heaven sent right?
CAKE BATTER + SPRINKLES
There is something so satisfying and exciting about a good cake batter and a generous pour of rainbow sprinkles. One of those images that make me happy just looking at it.
MUSHROOM TACOS + RAMP CHIMICHURRI
Tacos can be just as fun Vegetarian! Sautéed wild mushrooms and spicy ramp chimichurri together are the super sexy duo that even the meatiest lover couldn't resist.
BULGOGI CHIPOTLE QUESO DIP
Korean and Mexican food always mesh well together. In this crowd pleasing dip, I brought Bulgogi (Korean-style marinated beef) with chipotle peppers and cheese together to mind blowing deliciousness. Add a fun cocktail to it, and you've got no worries in the world. A slice of heaven when you need it.
I love nachos. But I really hate how you have to re-assemble just to make sure you have a bit of everything. So I decided to build individual bites that don't require you to work to eat. Because when you have nachos in front of you, all you should be thinking about is putting them in your mouth.
BACON, LETTUCE, TOMATO, CHEESE, EGG
What?! Best sandwich, like ever.
GRILLD PORK CHOP
This particular pork chop I get from the Union Square farmer's market has fat and skin still intact, and that gives a nutty, meaty, delightfulness every single time. My mouth started to water actually.
One of the reasons why summers are great is obviously it's also a great season for BBQ outdoors. Kick it up a notch with these tasty L.A. Galbi - if these won't make a great party, I don't know what will.
A Korean staple. Literally meaning mixed rice, this dish is so versatile, and so healthy. Tired of the same old sandwich or salad lunch? Your prayer has been answered with this dish.
BROWN BUTTER TROUT, X-PARMY PESTO POTATO SALAD
I got this fresh trout from a farmer at the Greenmarket in Union square, and when I asked him what the best way is to cook this fish, he suggested just simply pan frying it. So I added a little nuttiness to it, and did so with some hazelnutty brown butter. And as far as the potato salad is concerned, nothing is bad when extra parmesan is involved. 'Nuff said, huh.
BEET RHUBARB SHORTCAKE
Nothing like Rhubarb to celebrate spring and all that warmer, sunnier weather has to offer. Truly zest of the season, what is there not to like when it's also pretty in pink?
TIRAMISU FOR TWO
There is no way you can go wrong with tiramisu. Whether you have too much zabaglione or too much mascarpone cream in the recipe, it doesn't make a difference, because it will still be delicious either way. Super easy to make, and bound to make you happy, this precious dessert will get you everything you need.
STEWED PEPPER + CHICKEN
It's finally getting chilly out, and that means one thing - COMFORT FOOD! One pot meals are as easy as perfect for staying warm and cozy. This super easy one is comforting in a light way, not boeuf bourguignon way, and it is superb over a bed of rice. Secret ingredient here though is preserved lemon. It gives that pleasant "what was that?" in your mouth, and oh man. Just so good.
FRIED GREEN TOMATO SANDWICH
Old bay rémoulade, fried green tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and preserved lemon. It makes a simple and delicious, delicious lunch.
SAVORY KABOCHA SQUASH SOUP
Nothing says fall like delicious Kabocha squash! Made with roasted fennel and ginger then topped with chewy grilled pork jowl, this light yet filling and comforting soup will soothe your body and soul like no other.
LOBSTER ROLL, ROASTED CORN, WATERMELON
This Connecticut-style lobster roll is as luxurious as summer gets. Delicately steamed lobster meat are gently tossed in warm tarragon butter sauce, then mixed with quick-pickled shallots and chopped tarragon. I have nothing against mayo, but personally I think butter brings out the flavor of the lobster a little better. This was definitely one of the best lunches I ever made.
ITALIAN MEATBALL SUB
Nothing like juicy meat balls in a savory red sauce topped with cheese! This is totes a hungry (wo)man's lunch.
TUNA NIÇOISE SALAD MISE EN PLACE
Made with all seasonal ingredients from a farmer's market, this salad radiates life. A quick pointer: the beautiful piece of tuna is from Citarella on Upper West Side. They are consistently fresh!
TUNA NIÇOISE SALADE
Peppery salad greens, creamy potatoes, clean and savory tuna steak, sweet cherry tomatoes, nutty chickpeas, and "crispy" haricots verts. Oh my!
What better way to weather the cold than with these decadent, soul-warming, and refreshing brownies? I didn't think so.
MATCHA TEA COOKIES
These gorgeously-colored cookies are light and subtly perfumed, once you get a hang of it, you cannot stop.
These nutty macaroon thumb prints are not only easy to make, it is easy to eat. Perfect with a cup of freshly brewed tea.
CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES
These chewy-in-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside cookies need no explanation. With a glass of cold milk, it will bring out the kid in just about anyone.
Surprise your friends with this cookie sandwich at the next cookie swap. Delicious, interesting, and did I mention delicious?
FIG, RICOTTA, HONEYCOMB
This image takes me to an intimate picnic on a breezy summer evening by the Mediterranean coast. I imagine the bustle of the leaves, smell of the ocean, and a refreshing glass of sauvignon blanc shared with a good company. Now that is what I call life.
SABLÉ BRETON, CHAMOMILE
French butter is one of my favorite things in the world. It has that rich, buttery taste that can't be imitated. This sablé has that rich, caramely note of butter, and it's perfect for an afternoon snack. Together with a calming tisane of Chamomile, this treat is bound to put you in a better mood.
BEST SUMMER PIZZA EVER
Thin crust, sweet garlic confit spread, smoked mozzarella, Prosciutto de San Daniele, blistered and fresh cherry tomatoes, preserved lemon, and micro basil to top off. The sweetness from the blistered tomatoes, meatiness of smoked mozzarella, saltiness from the prosciutto, then that fresh citrus pop of preserved lemon comes through to cleanse the palate. My mouth is watering just writing about it. Ohhh...
Perfect for that day you need an instant boost of energy - chocolate shells are chewy with a nice egg-shell crunch, and loaded with bitter chocolate/chicory coffee ganache, and vanilla bourbon milk jam. It's seriously addicting, especially around 4pm.