Beef

Thai-Style Beef Noodle Soup

thai beef noodle soup

I’ve developed a love for Southeast Asian food a couple years ago. As I started trying out broths, curries, marinades and desserts in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, I realized that their cooking is all about freshness and balance. The commonly…

Ancho Chile Short Rib Capellini

short rib

Ever since I made these short ribs three years ago, I have yet to find better short ribs anywhere. They are tender, perfectly spiced, and delicious with or on just about anything! These short ribs are braised in a mixture…

A Better Banh Mi with Sriracha Meatballs

meatball bahn mi

This banh mi may not be your traditional pork and pâté banh mi, but who needs that when you have Asian mini meatballs, pickled carrots and radishes, fresh cilantro, jalapeño slices, and Sriracha mayonnaise all coming together beautifully in a fresh crusty…

Tri-tip, Santa-Maria Style

santa maria tritip

The next time you visit your local butcher, try to find the flawless and irresistible tri-tip. Buy it and make it Santa Maria style! It’s easy, and the beef turns out perfectly juicy and tender. It’s a bit difficult to…

Quick and Easy Bison Risotto

bison risotto

Cold days call for stews, soups and… risotto. This is a quick and easy risotto with bison, garlic, arugula, fresh grana padano cheese, and chicken broth, thickened and made creamier with an egg and some milk. Bison is a great protein to add…

Saucy Swedish Meatballs

swedish meatballs

Remember those days when you used to stroll through Ikea for a new cabinet or chair and inevitably wander into the cafeteria because you caught a whiff of Swedish meatballs? Okay maybe that was just me. But that was my…

Braised Oxtail Noodle Soup

oxtail soup

I grew up on oxtail soups and they are definitely one of my favorite soups to make, and to eat. If you haven’t had oxtails before, please don’t get deterred by the name. This cut of meat is incredibly flavorful,…

Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak

Octopus a la Plancha / Peter Michael Chardonnay

It all started when the President of my company, Steve, recommended the chef’s Michelin-starred and namesake restaurant Michael Mina when I was preparing for a trip to Las Vegas. We went and enjoyed the tasting menu, which included the famous Ahi Tuna…

Summertime Tri-tip Mediterranean Plate

Tri-tip

It’s summertime! = It’s tri-tip time! This is going to sound somewhat vain, but this is one of the best Mediterranean plates I’ve ever had in a long time. Garlic and sriracha marinated tri-tip roast with pita, hummus, and a light…