CHEF JOHN HOWIE'S BLOG

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Special Wine Dinner At Seastar With La Spinetta’s Giorgio Rivetti

By Chef John Howie | January 10, 2017

Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar is excited to host a special dinner with winemaker Giorgio Rivetti. Rivetti is from La Spinetta in Tuscany, Italy, and joins us for a special four course meal on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30pm. This will be a very unique opportunity to experience wine and food like you never have before.…

COOKING WITH CHEF JOHN HOWIE DUNGENESS CRAB AND SWEET CORN BISQUE

COOKING WITH CHEF JOHN HOWIE: DUNGENESS CRAB AND SWEET CORN BISQUE

By Nabanita Dutt | January 10, 2017

What could possibly be more comforting in cold, January weather than a smooth, creamy, seafoody bisque? One of Chef John Howie’s favorite recipes straight out of his cookbook Passion & Palate, this soup is seeped in the Pacific Northwestern aroma of fresh dungeness crab, texturized with pureed sweet corn. “The only thing better than bisque…

Chef John Howie Answers How To Choose The Perfect Wood For Plank Cooking

CHEF JOHN HOWIE ANSWERS: HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT WOOD FOR PLANK COOKING

By Nabanita Dutt | January 7, 2017

A lot of beginners are confused by the sheer variety of wood available for plank cooking in the market. Cedar, Alder, Black Cherry, Sugar Maple, Hickory, Mesquite etc. — each with their own unique oils and aroma. Since the food you cook on a plank will be in direct contact with the wood and picking…

Inspirational Food Quotes

FASCINATING FOOD QUOTES WE LOVE TO SHARE

By Nabanita Dutt | December 30, 2016

• “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart…” ― Erma Bombeck     • “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook…” ― Julia Child     • “No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the…

LIST OF TRENDY HOT SAUCES YOU HAVE TO STOCK UP ON

INFERNO IN A BOTTLE: LIST OF TRENDY HOT SAUCES YOU HAVE TO STOCK UP ON

By Nabanita Dutt | December 27, 2016

For a spice junkie born with the red devil on my tongue, it was a day to remember when a tiny Thai restaurant in Ithaca, NY, offered me – not “4 Star Hot” or “5 Star Hot” on the 1-to-5 scale, but a mind-numbing, coma-inducing “Bangkok Hot”. It was indeed the kind of satisfying heat…

Bacon Sandwich is cure for a hangover

THE ULTIMATE CURE FOR HANGOVER? BACON SANDWICH!

By Nabanita Dutt | December 22, 2016

It’s the party season of the year when hangovers are a daily occurrence and you’re probably wishing you had an extra, drinking head to take out to social engagements every evening. Tums and aspirin and Alka Seltzer are all very well, but when you’re feeling like the inner lining of your stomach has been corroded…

WHY STEAKHOUSE SIDE DISHES HAVE BECOME CELEBRITIES OF THE AMERICAN FOOD SCENE

By Nabanita Dutt | December 17, 2016

What do you call “comfort foods” that are so richly and deliciously “comforting”, you ought be going through a tragedy of epic proportions to deserve even a mouthful of it? You call them “steakhouse sides” – a quintessentially American array of vegetable add-ons that come with a mammoth steak, and

3 ways to make turmeric latte golden milk

3 WAYS TO MAKE TURMERIC LATTE – THE HEALTHY AND HUGELY TRENDY COFFEE ALTERNATIVE

By Nabanita Dutt | December 13, 2016

  After coconut oil, ghee and homemade yoghurt, the next super ingredient we’re borrowing from the South Asian pantry is turmeric. You may have heard of turmeric – or haldi as the Indians call it – as the cure-all spice that fixes everything from a pimple to common cold.

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5 NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS (WITH ACCOMPANYING RECIPES) YOU CAN START THIS YEAR

By Nabanita Dutt | December 9, 2016

It’s hard to think of Christmas and not think of traditions. It’s the magic string that ties all the nostalgic pleasures of the season into one blissful bundle. The smell of pine and spiced apple in the air, the loops of fairy lights and popcorn garlands, Grandma’s special Christmas

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AVOID THESE 6 POPULAR THAI DISHES IF YOU’RE TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY

By Nabanita Dutt | December 9, 2016

No question. Thai cuisine can be a pretty healthy restaurant meal choice – if you’re choosing carefully. We’re so conditioned to believe that all stir-fry dishes are healthy, and all Thai people are slim, we don’t go looking for the excess calorie loaders that typically hide in a Thai menu, waiting to upset our weight…