Years ago I volunteered as a cooking instructor at Olivewood Gardens in National City, teaching young kids how to cook. So, when I decided to write a story for the San Diego Union-Tribune's food section recently on teaching cooking to children, I turned to Olivewood Gardens for resources and the reasons why parents should encourage their kids to participate in preparing family meals. I got a lot of great tips--and recipes--which I've shared in this new piece, which was published on March 13, 2018.
This week my story on preparing curries from around the world was published by the San Diego Union-Tribune's food section. I got a chance to share the story of Bruce Jackson and Momoko Jackson of Pacific Beach's World Curry--and share three of Bruce's recipes: Bali Beef, Tikka Masala, and Mussaman. He also offered some insightful tips for getting the most flavor from the ingredients. All of this was captured by Eduardo Contreras' magnificent photos.
The second installment of my four-part series on eating well with diabetes was published this week in UT-San Diego. This piece addresses the complex and often confounding issue of carbohydrates. Carbs play a significant role in our body's well being, but the key is to eat the right kinds in the right portion--especially if you're living with Type 2 diabetes.
I've done my best to carefully explain how this all works, and included a couple of recipes that feature some especially delicious whole grains--wheat berries and freekah. Try these and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to transition away from boring white rice and pasta.
I'm so tickled to announce that I have a big feature in this month's Sunset Magazine. The editors asked me to go up to Los Angeles and experience Koreatown's food with Chef Debbie Lee of Food Network Star. The result is a 10-page spread that includes a Korean food 101 and lots of gorgeous photos. Debbie was a superb guide through the complexities and joy of Korean food and I thoroughly enjoyed her very modern take on Korean food at her place, Ahn-Joo in Glendale. If you're in L.A., check it out -- and try some of the places we went in Koreatown!
I'm part of the BlogHer network, which is collaborating with Gourmet Live. I was asked by them to suggest the best restaurant in San Diego to hold a party -- which would appear on gourmet.com. My write up is one of 10 around the country just published and now live on the site. Take a look to see what I recommended. And if you have any of your own suggestions, please leave a comment.
I'm happy to say that my first story for Saveur Magazine has just been published. "Green Gold" is the featured "Source" piece and highlights the magnificent avocado oil produced in San Diego County by Cid da Silva under the name Bella Vado Avocado Oil. This has been a very long time coming and it's so gratifying to finally see it in print.