Miso mushroom pasta

  • 7 ounces dried spaghetti or other noodle pasta
  • 12-16 oz mushrooms
  • 1 leek or onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar, or white wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup pasta cooking water
  1. Cook pasta 1 minute short of al dente and reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water while doing the rest:
  2. Whip miso and butter together in a small bowl until airy and combined
  3. Sauté leek/onion until lightly browned
  4. Add mushroom and sauté until browned, toss with vinegar when done
  5. Add some oil and sauté garlic, mix with mushrooms
  6. Add miso butter and heavy cream — make sure pasta is ready before you do this
  7. When combined, add pasta and stir over low heat for 2-4 more minutes. Add some pasta water if needed to combine
  8. Serve with furikake

Instant Pot Sticky Rice

  • 1 cup glutinous rice
  1. Soak rice at least 6 hours or overnight
  2. Drain rice
  3. In Instantpot, put 1 cup water, steamer rack or basket, and a metal steam bowl. Add drained glutinous rice. Add 1/2-2/3 cup water until the surface of rice is covered.
  4. High pressure 12 minutes. Natural release 5-7 minutes. Fluff.

Skillet pasta

5 cups liquid :: 2.5 cups pasta

Liquid can be mix of wine, broth, cream.

Simmer over high for 10-12 mins.

Kale sauce

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
4 cloves garlic, smashed flat and peeled
1 Tbsp anchovy paste
1 pound kale, thick ribs removed
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 – 3/4 cup coarsely grated Parmigiano- Reggiano

  1. Put a large pot of generously salted water over high heat, and bring to a boil. In a small skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic, and cook until the garlic begins to sizzle. Reduce heat to low, and cook very gently until garlic is soft and begins to turn light gold, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. When water is boiling, add kale leaves, and cook until tender, but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Pull out the hot, dripping kale leaves with tongs, and put directly into a blender. (Don’t drain the pot; you’ll use that same boiling water to cook the pasta.) Add garlic and its oil, cheese, anchovy paste to the blender. Add a splash of hot water from the pot if you need some more liquid to get the blender going. Blend into a fine, thick green purée. Taste, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, then blend again.

Pot Roast in Instant Pot

2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut in half
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 small yellow or red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
3/4 cups dry red wine
1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2-3 fresh woody herb sprigs, such as a mix of thyme, sage and rosemary (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, rosemary or sage)
2 lb root vegetables, such as a mix of peeled carrots and parsnips, cut into 2-inch chunks

  1. Season the beef generously all over with about 1/2 Tbsp salt. Using the sauté setting, warm the oil in a 6- to 8-quart electric pressure cooker. Add one chunk of the beef and sear one side until deeply browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and sear other side. Remove beef and set aside.
  2. Add the onions and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in the wine, vinegar and 1/4 cup broth; season generously with black pepper and lightly with salt. Using a metal or wooden spoon or spatula, scrape up all the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Turn off the sauté setting. Add the herbs and nestle the beef into the liquid. Cook on high pressure for 45 min – 1 hr.
  3. Allow the pressure to reduce naturally for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually. Add the vegetables to the pot, tucking them below the liquid. Cook on high pressure until the beef and vegetables are both tender, an additional 4 minutes. Quick-release.
  4. If you’d prefer a thicker gravy, strain the cooking liquid and return it to the pot. Using the sauté function, bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, combine 2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp flour in a small bowl and knead it together with your fingers until it is uniform, almost like a dough. Once the liquid is boiling, drop the butter-flour mixture into the pot, whisking well to combine. Let it bubble until it is lightly thickened, about 5 minutes, then drizzle some gravy over the pot roast and vegetables, and top with drained, pickled onions. Serve extra gravy on the side.

Japanese Milk Bread – bread machine

Bread starter

  • 1/6 cup (23 grams) bread flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water

Make the starter: In a small heavy pot, whisk flour, milk and 1/4 cup water together until smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook, stirring often, until thickened but still pourable, about 7-9 minutes (it will thicken more as it cools). When it’s ready, the spoon will leave tracks on the bottom of the pot. Scrape into a measuring cup and lightly cover the surface with plastic wrap. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Bread ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 4 tablespoons/60 grams unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened at room temperature

Add bread starter, egg, warm milk, softened pieces of butter into bread machine. Spoon dry ingredients on top. Set to regular bread, light crust.


Base hummus

  • 1 15-oz. can cooked chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 c. chickpea liquid -OR- 1/4 c. extra virgin oil olive -OR- 1/4 c. lemon juice -OR- any mix of these
  • Big pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper powder (optional)
  • 2 large cloves garlic (minced) or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 heaping Tbsp tahini or 1 tsp sesame oil

Blend together in food processor until smooth.

Optional add-ins, blend with the hummus:

  • 1 roasted beet (375*F, 1 hour, wrapped in tin foil).
  • 2 whole roasted red bell peppers (halved, broil 5-10 minutes skin side up, put in bowl covered with tight lid for 10-15 mins, gently peel away charred skin).
  • Use roasted garlic or add 1-2 Tbsp. garlic powder.
  • 2 very ripe avocados.
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed pumpkin, sweet potato, or butternut squash (pressure cook in Instant Pot 3-4 min until very soft), add 1 tsp paprika to hummus.
  • Black bean – swap out chickpea for black bean can. Add 1/2 tsp. ground coriander.

Tahini Parsley Sauce

For roasted vegetables

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup minced parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Healthy pinch of salt and pepper

Stir together until well mixed.