Vietnamese Pork Pintxo with Shrimp Fried Rice

I love and miss Vietnamese food more than anything else on this island, except for maybe Alaskan salmon or dungeness crab. The barbeque pork that you get in bun cha sometimes, or bahn mi, is sweet and aromatic. Put it on spicy fried rice with fresh herbs, serve it with cold glass noodles and nuoc cham with mint …

Pozole Verde (green chile, roast pork & tomatillo stew)

This is a recipe I make at the restaurant. It'll feed twenty or more, but you can easily scale it down to make a small batch (cut it in half! or quarter!). The Hatch chile harvest starts next month and I always get homsick for AZ around that time. Big black monsoons, the smell of …

Weekend Cooking Fun Continued: Black Bean Soup, Collard Greens, and More Bread

Whenever I start making bread I can't stop myself. There's no reason for me to have four loaves of bread in the house. Baking, especially bread, is a meditation. This second batch is organic whole wheat, and I used molasses instead of sugar or honey. The taste difference is amazing. Sweet and nutty with an …

Smoked duck breast

I've been having fun curing and smoking the Berkshire bellies. They've been coming out delicious--a little bit sweet with a bit of smoke, a black pepper bite, and a nice marble-y crunchy slice after we par-bake then crisp it on a griddle. Of course I want to see what else we can throw in the …

Huevos Rancheros

Our huevos rancheros. I fry two corn tortillas in hot clarified butter, but without crisping them up too much. Flip them, then crack two eggs on top and throw it in the oven (400 degrees) until the whites are solid and yolk still runny. Serve on top of a ladle full of Rancho Gordo pintos, …

Grilled fish in coconut-cilantro broth

This is a popular dish at Casa Isleña because it's light and fresh, salty and sweet and spicy. The fish must be fresh: I've used dorado, yellowfin tuna, king mackerel, wahoo, swordfish. I've served it with basmati rice, turkish pilaf, or just in a bowl with toasted baguette and the broth. It doesn't matter much …