Chinese steamed Eggplant

This is a recipe I learned from my friend and mentor Andrew Hsieh. We made it together once at my house, and I’ve tried it a couple of times since, and I think… Continue reading


I first came into contact with Korean cooking in grad school, in Columbus, Ohio in the late 1980s. I worked on Sundays under the table, due to an arrangement made by my good… Continue reading

Cascabel Clementine Chicken Wings

In my last post, I mentioned making a sauce for chicken wings. I use this one for special occasions, and especially in the winter, when oranges are in season. I usually make it… Continue reading

Too Many Tomatoes II

With the harvest I have this year (see Too Many Tomatoes), I’ve had to look for various ways to process and preserve the massive quantities of my tomatoes this year. One method I’ve… Continue reading

Too Many Tomatoes

Every summer, there are a couple of things that grow incredibly well, and produce like crazy. Early in the summer came the flood of beans; now I’m dealing with almost too many tomatoes.… Continue reading

Shrimp Risotto with Fennel and Shallots

I’ve been shopping at La Tapatia in Des Moines for years, and almost every time I go there, I walk by the butcher counter, which runs almost the whole length of the back wall, and… Continue reading

The Bean Yurt

Part of my obsession with beans has to do with the structures I build for them and any other vining vegetable–cucumbers, squash, melons, and gourds to name a few.  I’ve loved figuring out… Continue reading

On Beans (part I)

I started growing beans years ago, after trying some amazing  haricots vert that my friend and first garden mentor John grew in his plot at Buckeye Village, family housing at Ohio State. Lightly… Continue reading

Fresh Herbs

If you’re in Iowa, you can grow almost any herb imaginable. It’s easy, and the soil here grows some of the nicest basil, dill, cilantro, thyme, sage, mint, parsley, chives, garlic chives, marjoram,… Continue reading

Smoked Trout

Every summer I travel to Montana to see my family–and to fish for trout. We have some good spots, and this year we had tremendous luck. In the smaller streams, we generally catch… Continue reading