The case for seaweed salad via Lucky Peach’s 101 Easy Asian Recipes.

“If you’re not already a seaweeder, at some point in the not terribly distant future, when we’ve burnt holes in the sky and there’s no snow left on the mountaintops, those of us who didn’t get rich in the fast-casual restaurant business before the collapse will be getting our protein from bugs or seaweed. I’d…

Chicken teriyaki as made by Ivan Orkin in Ivan Ramen.

Despite taking that unexpected break from this project back in July and August, I’m actually really, really close to my goal now of making something from all of my cookbooks. Per the spreadsheet I’ve been using to track my progress I’m now 93% of the way there, and I only have seven books left to…

Lucky Peach’s shrimp and chive dumplings.

During a trip to Philadelphia a few months ago we were staying at a hotel in Chinatown that was right by the convention center, giving us access to some pretty awesome food (including the Reading Terminal Market) and karaoke. Not two blocks away was a dim-sum spot that I had heard nothing but raves over,…

David Chang’s ginger scallion sauce.

Were I not fairly certain that doing this would elicit more than a few odd glances (and if it lasted more than a day or two), I would make an enormous batch of David Chang’s ginger scallion sauce, dole it out into quart-sized containers and give it to people as holiday gifts. While not nearly…

10.20.11: dinner (marinated hanger steak ssäm from momofuku)

I know, I know. We’re egregiously late in jumping on the David Chang/Momofuku bandwagon, but better late then never, right? This is what I’m chanting to myself as I write this post, feeling horribly out of date for never venturing even once to the East Village to try one of his Momofuku iterations, but in my…

07.11.11: Cobb Salad (Bachelor Chow 1)

Last week the Mrs. was outta town for work,  leaving me to my own devices. Said devices were less than thrilling, as E left me for the beginning of the work week only and save for some serendipitous short-notice primo sport seats, not much can go down without the wife in town on a Tuesday….

02.06.11: dinner (chicken wings with homemade barbecue sauce)

In order to understand what we were attempting here, I need to comment that my restaurant in the area is Dinosaur Barbecue. Without spending the next fourteen paragraphs waxing on about the merits and wonders of this place, I will simply say that if you want good, fun barbecue in NYC, look them up. I…

12.25.10: dinner (a low-key Christmas)

Christmas comes but once a year, luckily. Okay, I don’t mean that. But it’s hard when you’re young marrieds you can find yourself at the mercy of two families instead of one and the maneuvering gets… difficult. Since we just completed an odd-numbered year, we did Thanksgiving and Christmas day with my parents and Easter…