Melting Pot I: The Diverse Dish that Is Gumbo, and a Recipe for Seafood Gumbo

There are three key elements to the best gumbo–an excellent seafood stock, a solid brick roux, and quality ingredients to go into it–fresh seafood when possible, okra in season, and so on. While you may sometimes have to make due with frozen or out-of-season ingredients, the stock, roux, and giving the gumbo the time it needs to develop flavor will still always give you incredible results.

Smoky Seafood Chowder

This rich, briny, creamy, slightly smoky seafood chowder is also easy to put together, and is a sure-fire way to impress dinner guests.

Kimchi Jjigae with Kanikama and Tofu

A Korean classic, kimchi jjigae is one of my favorite ways to consume kimchi. In this recipe, the broth is umami-rich and spicy, and the texture of the tofu and kanikama (imitation crab) are light but satisfying, harmonizing with the mildly crunchy kimchi.

Into Something Rich and Strange IV: Three Takes on Umami-Rich Seafood Stocks

Seafood stock, like bone broth, is a unique mix of of seemingly strange ingredients, a devotion to wasting nothing, and a rich result. Packed with umami, seafood stocks are fast to make, use few ingredients, and those ingredients are ones that are not only cheap, but would normally be thrown away or disregarded by our modern Western food culture.

Seasonal Minestrone

Celebrate the freshness of seasonal herbs and produce with this simple, flexible recipe! The acidity from the wine and the fresh, subtle flavors of the herbs gives it a real depth of flavor and the lightness of the final dish make it appetizing even in hot weather.

Nettle Soup with Beef Tongue, Chives, and Croutons

Earthy, velvety nettle purée and hearty bites of potato, luscious beef tongue, and crispy croutons come together to make the ultimate spring-time soup. The best part? You can forage the purple dead nettle right from your own yard.

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with Crème Fraiche

As Spring approaches, and with it, the opportunity to forage for morels and other wild mushrooms, I want to share my recipe for a wild mushroom soup. Creamy and velvety, yet brightened up by a dollop of crème fraiche and topped with a crispy mushroom, it’s a self-indulgent treat to tide you over until winter passes.

Kandaulos I: A Recipe for Souvlaki’s More Provocative Predecessor

Souvlaki is a traditional dish that is almost synonymous with Greece itself, yet it may have emerged from a much older, Lydian delicacy. Read on to find out why your favorite skewered food’s predecessor carried cultural stakes that go beyond what you might have imagined–and how you can cook a version that recovers what it may have been like to dine on the original.