Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes Dairy Free

I’m packing my bags for the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in Chicago, where I’ll be doing a demo featuring gluten-free Asian cooking. (This is the first time I’m traveling with knives. Can’t wait to see how that turns out!) When I teach these types of classes, I generally have two goals in mind: teaching people how to make the foods they really miss (pot stickers) and convincing the audience that cooking Asian food at home is actually fun. I know it can seem intimidating, but if you keep a few pantry staples on-hand (wheat-free […]

Savory Sauteéd Oat Cakes

Makes : 4 servings (16 oat cakes) | Appetizers/Snacks , Main Dishes Vegetarian

I love oats. Their flavor conveys a mild earthy sweetness with a chewy, satisfying texture, versatile enough to star in both sweet and savory dishes. Oats are naturally gluten free, yet more often than not they’re cross-contaminated during processing or storage. I kind of thought this was bunk; I mean how cross-contaminated could they possibly be? But as it turns out, I always react poorly when I eat regular oats, showing the exact same symptoms I have when I ingest gluten. Since I’m so sensitive, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to tolerate certified gluten-free […]

Turkey Picadillo

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes Dairy Free

Admittedly, posting a recipe for turkey leftovers the day before Thanksgiving may be jumping the gun a little. But if I wait until next week to write about turkey leftovers, yours will likely be gone. (Mine will.) I always plan on cooking more turkey than we need on Thanksgiving; the leftovers are a big part of the experience. After that first turkey sandwich, though (and that’s dependent on procuring some really great gluten-free bread), I find myself looking for something slightly more creative. I have my perennial leftover favorites: turkey and pepper-Jack burritos on corn […]

Roasted Halibut with Green Olive Relish

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes Dairy Free

Living in Portland, I feel a touch of panic when raindrops fall in September. It’s not part of the deal. Traditionally September is one of our finest months–sunshine and 60s–and one we all deserve in preparation for the rainy season. The past week has been a bit dark, but I’m determined (and hopeful) that summer will come back for an encore performance, no matter how brief. Since my cooking style always fluctuates with the seasons, I’ve been tempted to break out a big heavy pot and start braising. But I can’t, not yet. So I […]

Linguine with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Makes : 2 or 3 servings | Main Dishes Vegetarian

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks (months? year-and-a-half??) culminating with yesterday’s release of my book, “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen” and the launch party tonight. The book writing experience has been a whirlwind of activity, mostly fun, but certainly stressful at times. There’s stress at our dinner table, for instance, when I just need to tweak that chicken curry recipe one last time (was this #9? 10?) instead of serving something the kids might like a little more. This week I decided to cook easy summer foods that I wanted to cook, not that I […]

Grilled Pork-and-Rice-Noodle Salad

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes Dairy Free

For the past month or so, stories of record-breaking heat waves across the country have dominated the news headlines. Although we’ve been spared from much of it here in the Pacific NW (in fact, many people tire of us complaining that it’s not warm enough), I got a glimpse of some pretty oppressive heat during my summer travels. There were moments of our week-long trip to New York City (my old stomping ground and very favorite restaurant city) when I barely even wanted to eat! Almost no dish would have been light enough to counteract […]