Casado with Cabbage Salad and Stewed Pork

Casado with Cabbage Salad and Stewed Pork

Casado is not so much a dish as it is a meal. In Costa Rica lunch is typically the largest meal of the day, and the casado plate is a popular option. The origins are a bit cloudy, as they often are, but the word…

Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto

If you have ever set foot in Costa Rica, it is a safe bet that you have eaten gallo pinto. This dish of simply seasoned rice and beans was served at every Costa Rican breakfast table I ever sat at, and with good reason. Gallo…

Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Thai beef salad is, in many ways, a perfect appetizer. It has thin slices of grilled beef resting on a bed of tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs, all rounded out with a spicy, tangy, salty, sweet, and explosively flavorful dressing. Padded out with a bit…

Stovetop Chicken Nachos

Stovetop Chicken Nachos

Growing up, chicken nachos were my absolute favorite food. There was a Mexican restaurant about a fifteen minute walk from my house, and my friend and I would head over there after school to gorge on those glorious plates of chips, chicken, and cheese. The…

Tex-Mex Risotto

Tex-Mex Risotto

This recipe came to me after I fell into an obsession with arroz con leche. Arroz con leche is, essentially, Mexican rice pudding. There are some variants where it is made with sweetened condensed milk, but I prefer the simpler and less sweet version of…

Salsa Blanca

Salsa Blanca

This sauce might strike some of you as a bit strange. In fact, it will likely strike almost all of you as a bit strange. When I first discovered what was actually in it, even I, a lifelong consumer of this sauce, found it quite…

The Plate Lunch (Huli Huli Chicken and Mac Salad)

The Plate Lunch (Huli Huli Chicken and Mac Salad)

The plate lunch is as Hawaiian as it gets. You can find them all over the place, and they always have the same formula: a meat, two scoops of rice, and one scoop of macaroni salad. Common meats include Hawaiian favorites like kalua pork, huli…

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi is one of those dishes that could only come about in Hawaii. It stands as an example of exactly what is so interesting, comforting, and delicious about Hawaiian food. In Hawaii, spam is a highly regarded food. Oahu is home to that famous…

How to: Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

How to: Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

There was a long period of my life where I was afraid to delve into Asian cuisines. It was not the strange ingredients or new flavors, no–it was simple ineptitude at cooking rice that kept me from exploring these amazing foods. Whenever I tried to…

Cháo – Vietnamese Rice Soup

Cháo – Vietnamese Rice Soup

In its simplest form, cháo (Vietnamese rice soup) is a soup made with broth, rice, and maybe a few pieces of ginger and scallion. I’ve heard it referred to as the Vietnamese equivalent to chicken noodle soup, and the similarities are certainly there: it is…