Aw Shucks
       
     
Tafelspitz
       
     
My Take on Salade Niçoise
       
     
Tandoori Challenge
       
     
Tai Pei Wonton Soup
       
     
Double Mint Salad
       
     
Friendly Womack's Fried Chicken
       
     
Salsa de Gayo
       
     
Poke
       
     
Pasta alla Primavera
       
     
Stetson Salad
       
     
Kimchee Tacos
       
     
Udon
       
     
A Love Supreme
       
     
Aw Shucks
       
     
Aw Shucks

My first go at shucking an oyster. I bought 24 of these beauties in Oysterville, WA. It's where I should've been born.

Tafelspitz
       
     
Tafelspitz

This Austrian comfort food is perfect for rainy days. Watch your weeping eyes, the green apple horseradish packs a punch.

My Take on Salade Niçoise
       
     
My Take on Salade Niçoise

The best salad of all time. I added roasted beets and green cured olives to mix it up. The fingerling potatoes were blanched and then roasted for just a few minutes in duck fat.

Tandoori Challenge
       
     
Tandoori Challenge

My summer 2016 cooking challenge was to barbecue with recipes from around the globe. Yogurt marinated tandoori won hands down. I added red food dye like the restaurants do, but with enough paprika it's just as vibrant.

Tai Pei Wonton Soup
       
     
Tai Pei Wonton Soup

Soup and Otter Pops were my favorite foods to eat as a kid. I started making this from scratch a few years back. Asian markets have locally made wonton wrappers. The filling and folding of these sweet little dumplings is a relaxing way to end any day.

Double Mint Salad
       
     
Double Mint Salad

Blueberries, mint, basil, avocado, English cucumber, lemon vinaigrette, seal salt and fresh ground pepper tossed together.

Friendly Womack's Fried Chicken
       
     
Friendly Womack's Fried Chicken

Friendly Womack was a Gospel singer and brother to Bobby Womack. His fried chicken is off the hinges spicy, but with some scratch gravy it'll calm down. Here's the recipe and the amazing story of how it was found.

Salsa de Gayo
       
     
Salsa de Gayo

This summer I canned 2 gallons of salsa. There's a farmer's market near my home and I'm going to miss their tomatoes over the winter. I roasted a variety of peppers on my grill until the skins just slightly burned.

Poke
       
     
Poke

Poke should be simple: avocado, sushi grade Ahi, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil. I paired mine with another salad of invention: roasted cherries and almonds over spinach with lemon vinaigrette.

Pasta alla Primavera
       
     
Pasta alla Primavera

Le Cirque's famed recipe reminds me of meals I ate in hotels and airports in the 80's.

Stetson Salad
       
     
Stetson Salad

This salad changed my life. It's the state dish of Arizona. This isn't the traditional recipe, but even better.

Kimchee Tacos
       
     
Kimchee Tacos

Portable food is the best food. There's a few mercados in my neighborhood that sell tortillas hecho a mano.

Udon
       
     
Udon

Almost impossible to eat, but impossible to ignore, Udon is my favorite Japanese warm dish. The secret is all in the dashi.

A Love Supreme
       
     
A Love Supreme

This magnificent beast is the first hamburger I ever cooked.