I love mushrooms. I love their unique flavor and texture, and even how they are grown. Recently, I discovered that my favorite Asian grocery store is carrying some amazing Japanese-variety mushrooms – King Trumpet (AKA King Oyster), white and brown beech (AKA Shimeji – pictured below), and Maitake mushrooms. And, I’ve been eating them like … Continued
It’s my birthday! The day that inspired a story that led to the name Maoomba. When I was a child, my father called me Maoomba-goomba Queen of the Jungle. As if Stormy wasn’t unusual enough, right? The interesting thing, is that it wasn’t just a name; it was the title of my story – the story he … Continued
It’s been unseasonably warm in Salt Lake so far this winter…I was able to go out without so much as a sweater until this week. But the white ground following a recent and brief snow fall already has me yearning for a summery day. Until that day comes, in-season pomegranates and persimmons are the perfect way to punctuate my … Continued
I love my local Mexican market. Last week, they had gorgeous persimmons and California Pomegranates 3 for a dollar. They are such a rare sight and usually so expensive, I couldn’t help myself – I had to get three. Then they sat on the counter for a week, slowly drying out. This weekend I took action … Continued
Every once in a while, I roast a whole chicken. When the bird has been cared for (free range, organic), it results in a succulent, elegant meal that tastes delicious, is good for you, and lets you enjoy the entire chicken instead of just its parts. But what do you do with a whole bird? … Continued
Pumpkin season is upon us, and so is the time of year when most people start making pie, pumpkin bars, and other seasonal goodies. The thing that most people don’t do, though, is make their own pie filling from fresh pumpkins. If you’ve ever wanted to try, now is the time. It is super easy, … Continued
It was a bittersweet weekend around our household. We lost a dear furry friend, but also spent days surrounded by loving friends and family – much of that time was spent cooking and eating. Food is comfort. Food is love. And, preparing food is therapy. So I got my hands dirty cleaning sweated Hatch chiles … Continued
When it starts to get hot outside, I find myself eating lighter and cooler meals. Spring rolls filled with all-fresh ingredients are probably one of my favorite dishes to turn to. In this month’s demonstration video, I show you how to use stiff rice paper wrappers and to wrap spring rolls tightly so they don’t fall apart as you eat them.