Thanksgiving Pizza (aka pumpkin, figs, walnuts, blue cheese, dough-what’s not to love?)

I have a feeling I’m about to get very long-winded here.  Bear with me. No, this isn’t Thanksgiving pizza of the sort you order because the would-be-centerpiece-to-the-meal ends up a blackened poultry carcass covered in fire extinguisher foam. No, this is the kind of pizza you make if you were trying to skip the turkey … Continue reading


Dinner Chez Dumm: Doufu in Vietnamese Caramel Sauce-A Recipe

Last night’s dinner was tasty but with room for improvement. Ever since I was reunited last month with Andrea Nguyen’s cookbook, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, I’ve had Vietnamese food on my mind. This cookbook is gorgeous, comprehensive, and intense. Andrea is a very debone-your-own-chicken and grow-your-own-lemongrass kind of home cook and … Continue reading


Peanut Butter Noodles: A Recipe

If you didn’t know that this dish was a delicious and thrifty rift on an well-loved Shanghainese noodle dish, you might mistake it for something out of some Sandra Lee Goes to “Asia” cookbook. That’s a really big IF. IF you didn’t know that Chris’ mom invented this dish as a teenager in a small New … Continue reading