Monthly Archives: August 2011

mandu carnitas

mandu carnitas, f** yeah!

I love mandu (korean pot-stickers). I love taquitos (aka flautas, aka pulled pork roll ups that are deep fried). Put the two together, and you’ve got mandu carnitas. And they are bea-u-tiful. Beautiful.

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kimbap

kimbap

Kimbap is a Korean dish that looks a lot like a sushi roll. (“Kim” is the Korean word for the seaweed wrapper, and “bap” translates to rice.) And much like a sushi roll, the rice gets rolled with various fillings. But unlike its Japanese cousin, Korean kimbap managed to retain it’s humble roots. Because while you may occasionally come across kimbap topped with something fancy like salmon roe, it’s usually kept pretty simple. And you will certainly never find it with anything douche-y like wasabi mayonnaise.┬áKimbap, as far as I can tell, is the Korean cultural equivalent of the bologna sandwich.

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Tomato Tart

tomato tart

Growing up in New Jersey, I learned to associate late August with wonderful tomatoes. Jersey tomatoes. They’re great. But even though I can’t seem to get them out in Chicago, I still love to eat tomatoes this time of year. For this tomato tart, I kind of slapped together two recipes: a cheese-les tomato tart by Chuck Hughes and a focaccia by Anne Burrell.

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Country Style Rib Sliders

country style ribs

For the actual day of the Chicago Air and Water Show, our rooftop can get pretty crowded. This means that getting time on the communal grills can be annoying. So since it was just my wife and I for the Saturday of the Air and Water Show, I thought we would skip the grill line altogether and slow cook something. I wanted a pork shoulder, but I couldn’t find one at Trader Joe’s or the local independent grocery store in my neighborhood. So I went with Country Style Ribs, which are literally the next best thing.

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Grilled Eggplant Salad

grilled eggplant salad

The class I teach usually takes up my Friday afternoons, but over the summer, I like to take Friday afternoons off, work permitting. So far, work has permitted me to take off only one summer Friday afternoon. And with my class already starting up again next week, thereby ending my summer, I decided to take the whole Friday off, which worked out because the Chicago Air and Water Show was putting on their full dress rehearsal.

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Kofuzi Rolls

kofuzi roll main ingredient

Last week, the Question of the Day asked you to describe a sandwich that would be named after you. And so, I responded with a sandwich version of the sushi maki that I started making about ten years ago, called Vegan Surprise. The sandwich version switches out the rice and nori with ciabatta, but otherwise is exactly the same.

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Pregnancy “Sushi” – zucchini and salmon

"sushi"

I like to eat sushi. But pregnant women cannot eat sushi. So to compromise, I cooked it.

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