Bacon Coconut Noodle

Bacon Coconut Noodle

There is always something great about making that first dish in your new kitchen. Learning the new space, finding out things that are great and not so great about it. Realizing things that you forgot to move or get at the store and making quick changes to the dish based on that. I made these bacon coconut noodles as the first dish at the place I moved into a few days ago and I am absolutely loving it. The kitchen and the noodles.

Chicken Tikka Masala Spring Rolls

Chicken Tikka Masala Spring Rolls

My entire cooking career, I have been on the lookout for these thinner spring roll wrappers. There is a bit of confusion with nomenclature on google, and in the grocery store, I could only ever find thick egg roll wrappers, wonton wrappers, or summer roll wrappers. Finally one day I asked an employee at an Asian market and he lead me to the freezer section! This is where I had gone wrong my whole life! The other wrappers are in the aisles or the refrigerator, but the nice thin spring roll wrappers are in the freezer. This was a whole new world to me and I instantly came up with some fun spring roll ideas, starting with this chicken tikka variety.

Arepa Burger

Arepa Burger

My friend who can’t eat wheat was really craving burgers the other night and a burger patty on a plate or in a lettuce wrap would just not do. I’ve always had arepas in the back of my head as an idea for a gluten free version of bread. But traditional arepas are too thin and brittle to give you that nice pillowy bread texture for your burger. Instead I made more of a thick pancake batter with the arepa flour and used that for the burger bun. It was such a success, I’d suggest you give it a try next time you’re cooking gluten free.

Cheesy Elote Corn Bake

Cheesy Elote Corn Bake

I’ve had a few really good versions of elote lately. You know, the Mexican street corn that is smothered in mayo and cotija cheese? When made right, with fresh summer corn, and cooked perfectly, elote can be a magical addictive treat that lingers in your taste buds memory for days. I decided to try and capture some of the elote flavors in this baked corn dish. Serve this as a side at your next cookout and it will be the talk of the party.