Quick Recipes

Quick recipes often become my favorites. They are the ones I revisit most often, the ones that have a tendency to become staples. I’m a believer that just because a recipe comes together quickly, doesn’t mean it's less special or delicious.

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Roasted Strawberries

Roasted Strawberries

A delicious argument for roasting strawberries - juices from the roasting berries combine with maple syrup, port adds a surprise hint of booziness, and the balsamic delivers a dark bass note.

Compound Butters - Adding Things to Butter to Make it Extra Awesome

Compound Butters - Adding Things to Butter to Make it Extra Awesome

Compound butters are a lazy cook's secret weapon. They're a way to add intense flavor to preparations without a whole lot of extra effort. I've included a few recent favorites here.

An Exceptional Ginger Carrot Dressing

An Exceptional Ginger Carrot Dressing

Blender dressings are great, in part, because they're fast. Everything into one container, puree, and you're set. This one is great - carrots, turmeric, coconut milk, shallot, and ginger come together into a dressing perfect for everything from green salads to grain salads, or as a brilliant finishing touch for sautéed, steamed, or simmered vegetables.

Lemongrass Turmeric Curry Paste

Lemongrass Turmeric Curry Paste

A bit about this favorite curry paste - it's vibrant, electric yellow in color, and intensely flavored. Made with a shallot base coupled with ginger, and garlic, turmeric, and serrano chiles, it's the sort of thing you can use to make a broth, or flare out simple preparations like scrambled eggs or fried rice.

Kimchi Soup

Kimchi Soup

A Kimchi Soup inspired by a bowl of fiesty, fiery, brothy cabbage soup I had years ago at Namu Gaji in San Francisco.

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Green Chile Whipped Goat Cheese

Green Chile Whipped Goat Cheese

This is the recipe I was working on when Sarah Lonsdale came to visit for an interview for Remodelista. Whipped goat cheese is simply combined with flecks of sautéed garlic and green chile resulting in an easy spread that pairs perfectly with a long list of things.

Heirloom Apple Salad

Heirloom Apple Salad

The sort of hearty salad I love - heirloom apples, shaved celery, and toasted nuts of your choosing. The dressing is crème fraîche spiked with rosemary, garlic and champagne vinegar

At The Studio: Dragonfruit Vodka Tonic

At The Studio: Dragonfruit Vodka Tonic

We mixed up this stunner of a cocktail to close out the week at the studio - vodka infused with dried dragonfruit as the base for vodka tonics. Pink overload!

Magic Ancho Chile Relish

Magic Ancho Chile Relish

This chile relish has been a staple this summer. it brings the fast magic - adding depth, raisiny-chile flavor, color, and dimension to all sorts of simple preparations. I'll list off a number of my favorites here.

Summer Melon Salad

Summer Melon Salad

A simple summer melon salad. Sweet chunks of melon combine with toasted almonds for crunch, serrano chiles and scallions counter the sweet, there's small dollops of crème fraîche, cilantro, and a wash of sake. A real summer refresher.

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