Grains and Pasta

Stalking the Wild Morel for Stuffed Morels!

Stalking the Wild Morel for Stuffed Morels!

I’ve always been intrigued by the hollow shape of the morel, and decided that I wanted to make stuffed morels, if I did find any. I toyed with ideas for fillings, and settled on one that is so simple that it makes perfect sense. A saute of shiitakes, another intense mushroom in their own right, would make a dense, woodsy puree that I could stuff into that cavity. Then, each mushroom would explode with over-the-top mushroomy-ness when you took a bite.I’ve always been intrigued by the hollow shape of the morel, and decided that I wanted to make stuffed morels, if I did find any. I toyed with ideas for fillings, and settled on one that is so simple that it makes perfect sense. A saute of shiitakes, another intense mushroom in their own right, would make a dense, woodsy puree that I could stuff into that cavity. Then, each mushroom would explode with over-the-top mushroomy-ness when you took a bite.

Make Taco Rice for a Japanese-Mexican Bowl

Make Taco Rice for a Japanese-Mexican Bowl

Take two foods we love, put them in the same bowl, and you have Taco Rice. It may sound like an American invention, like the Korean Taco, or the Pizza Bagel, but it's not. No, this delicious bowl-ification of the tender rice we love in sushi and the spicy filling we...

Eat Curry, Feel Better, Try Fonio

Eat Curry, Feel Better, Try Fonio

Butternut Squash Curry is Comfort Food Sometimes you just need comfort. A gentle, easy Butternut Squash Curry is just the ticket. Tender, sweet squash cubes, bathed in just enough coconut milk and spice to make it creamy will make you feel warmed and nourished from...

Make Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi for a Colorful Bowl of Comfort

Make Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi for a Colorful Bowl of Comfort

Gnocchi are pillows of joy. I've been teaching gnocchi-making classes for over 10 years, to sold out crowds. People just love the idea of making their own gnocchi, and we all get to roll up our sleeves and make mountains of tender dumplings. What few people realize...

Celebrate Valentine’s With Brilliant Beet Handrolls

Celebrate Valentine’s With Brilliant Beet Handrolls

  Valentine's Day Sushi! Valentine's Day always calls out for a splash of red on the plate. Crimson hearts and ruby red beets just go together. So, for a heart-healthy flash of red, try my Pickled Beet Handrolls. There is pink pickled ginger, pink tofu, and curly...

Roast Rainbow Carrots to Pour Over Wild Rice for a Colorful Meal

Roast Rainbow Carrots to Pour Over Wild Rice for a Colorful Meal

I've spent many hours of my life contemplating the phenomenal success of certain foods, and the seeming failure of others to break through. You might think, " well, oh, of course the winner is the most delicious, right?"It may in fact be a delicious food. But I fear...

Roast Your Tomatoes for Effortless Pastas and More

Roast Your Tomatoes for Effortless Pastas and More

After a summer of watchful waiting, watering, and wondering, the tomato harvest is finally here. The cherry tomatoes came first, giving us the taste we craved, as we hovered over the green tomatoes hanging heavily on the vine. Now I can stroll out to my tomato garden...

Gochujang Makes an Easy Bowl Pop

Gochujang Makes an Easy Bowl Pop

As the author of a whole book on bowl food, I've explored bowl cuisine in all its forms. But I have to give all respect to the OG of bowl food, the folks who created Bibimbap. Yes, Korean cooks made a feast in a bowl long before American hippies started piling up...

Beautiful Buckwheat, Brazil Nuts, and a Great Breakfast

Beautiful Buckwheat, Brazil Nuts, and a Great Breakfast

Have you ever had two separate experiences, and as they percolated in your mind, the combination inspired something else entirely? That's exactly what happened to me at last month's Grain Gathering, and my inspiration was buckwheat. Buckwheat is Beautiful As I wrote...

Cross-Pollinating Ideas at the Grain Gathering

Cross-Pollinating Ideas at the Grain Gathering

Some people take time off at the end of July to visit a white sand beach. But there's no barley at the beach. Instead, at 3;45 am, I found myself driving in darkness, about an hour North of Seattle, navigating country roads to get to an experimental grain field before...

Cook Kale on the Grill, For an Easy Pasta Meal

Cook Kale on the Grill, For an Easy Pasta Meal

I have big news! I finally bought a new grill. Yup, just a run of the mill, under $200 number. No bells, no whistles, no LED lights or motorized spit. Because, really, I don't need anything fancy. Just heavy grates and consistent heat. It took me some time, after...

Sushiritos, Make Fusion Cool Again!

Sushiritos, Make Fusion Cool Again!

Is Fusion Wrong? Fusion cooking had a heyday, back in the 90's. It was all good until it went too far, until monstrous hybrid experiments roamed the land. We all tried to walk the line between cool-fusion and con-fusion food. Strange combos became all too common. Soon...

Need Comfort Food? Noodles with Peanut Sauce Hits the Spot

Need Comfort Food? Noodles with Peanut Sauce Hits the Spot

Some Days You Need Comfort Food Sometimes the World is a hard place. There's nothing like a trying day to send me to the refuge of my kitchen, looking for something that will make me feel better. And if you ask me, comfort food is a bowl of noodles with ever so...

Get into Whole Grains Month with a Granite Grain Bowl!

Get into Whole Grains Month with a Granite Grain Bowl!

Have you heard? It's National Whole Grains Month. I started early, and posted last week with a FREE COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY, so click here to enter to win, and check out Sweet Potato Toast on Toast. The whole month of September you can be on the lookout for whole grain...

Whole Wheat Bao with Black Bean Tofu, The Steamed Bun for Everyone

Whole Wheat Bao with Black Bean Tofu, The Steamed Bun for Everyone

Bao are hot right now. At least if you pay attention to all the chatter about places like Momofuku in NYC. Bao are simply Chinese steamed buns, and they come in many forms. The folded bao that they serve at places like Momofuku are made with a fluffy, sweet white...

Ochazuke-Japanese Rice and Tea Bowls

Ochazuke-Japanese Rice and Tea Bowls

Long before Chipotle offered a taco bowl, Panera introduced Broth Bowls, or bloggers lit up the pages of pinterest with snaps of acai bowls, there was Ochazuke. Ochazuke, the great bowl of food that may have started it all. Ochazuke is a traditional Japanese dish,...

Maple, Avocado and Berry Breakfast Bowl

Maple, Avocado and Berry Breakfast Bowl

I'm living the bowl life, these days, as my new book, Great Bowls of Food, has just launched. It's exciting, as the book has had a nice review in the Star Tribune, I've talked about it on the radio, and I have many more TV, radio and podcast appearances lined up. The...

Roasted Ramps and Red Rice in Ramp and Hazelnut Pesto

Roasted Ramps and Red Rice in Ramp and Hazelnut Pesto

The world can be divided into two camps. Folks who look forward to ramp season like it's Christmas morning, the Superbowl and the premiere of Game of Thrones all rolled into one, and the opposing group, who say, "What are roasted ramps?" You though I might go...

Miso Soup For Breakfast-One Way to Eat Your Oats

Miso Soup For Breakfast-One Way to Eat Your Oats

It's funny, how memories come floating to the surface when you taste something that triggers them. Like when I took a sip of miso broth the other day. Years ago, I worked with a guy who was partying hard by night, and baking bread by day. He'd limp in, pale and shaky,...

Playing with Purple Corn in Cornbread, Grits, and Chips!

Playing with Purple Corn in Cornbread, Grits, and Chips!

It's funny how you find out about things. In October I attended a conference of the American Cereal Chemists International. Let's just call it "grain nerd heaven." Cereal chemists from all over the world were sharing technology and research, and there was an exhibit...

Roasted Squash and Whole Wheat Pasta, Perfect for Fall

Roasted Squash and Whole Wheat Pasta, Perfect for Fall

Everybody loves pasta. October is National Pasta Month, as if we needed any more reasons to love our noodles. But for many people, the default setting is white flour spaghetti, macaroni, or lasagna noodles. Perhaps you are one of the people who tried whole wheat pasta...

My New Book, The Whole Grain Promise is Here!

My New Book, The Whole Grain Promise is Here!

I'm so proud to announce that my seventh book, The Whole Grain Promise, More Than 100 Delicious Recipes To Jumpstart a Healthier Diet (Running Press, $19.95), hits bookstore shelves on October 6. If you haven't noticed, whole grains are at the core of my cooking. I...