Family Meal?

What is family meal anyway? A family meal or staff meal is a group meal that a restaurant serves its staff outside of peak business hours. Dishes are generally quick to make, filling, and above all, delicious! Typically the meal is served to the entire staff at once, with all staff being treated like “Family” 🙂 I remember days when I would get to work early…

Chinese Noodles with Tomato Egg Sauce

西红柿鸡蛋面 (xī hóng shì jī dàn miàn) Since Chinese New Year is fast approaching, I felt like it is time to share my all-time favorite recipe/dish I’ve had after living in China. This humble dish was one of the most eye-opening things I’ve had, ever. Noodles with tomato and egg sauce. But why? It is…

Avocado Kiwi Smoothie

I recently went on a short trip to Portland Oregon for this winter break between semesters. The large part of it I spent sampling the local food and beverage scene which I found to be really unique in its own west coastal way. Something I wasn’t expecting was a gem of a diner in the…

Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa Approved: 230g Unsalted butter (Melted but not hot) 180g Brown sugar 100g Powdered sugar 18g Vanilla extract 100g Egg 420g AP flour 8g(2tsp) Baking soda 300g Chocolate chips Method: Put melted butter in KitchenAid with a paddle attachment. Add brown sugar, caster sugar, vanilla and egg to butter. Mix on medium setting for 1…

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Who doesn’t love peanut butter cookies? 450g     Softened Butter 400g     Brown Sugar 400g     Sugar 450g     Peanut Butter (Either smooth or chunky works) 200g     Eggs (Whisked) 650g     AP Flour 25g       Baking Soda 6g          Salt 13g    …

Pie Dough (Pate Brisee)

With the holiday season here, it’s the perfect time for warm pies 🙂 Try this one: 340g (12oz)         Sifted AP Flour 4g (1 tsp)              Salt 230g (8oz)           Cold Butter (Cut into Small Cubes) 60g (1/4cup)       Very Cold…

Homemade Creme Fraiche

You ever go to the grocery store and see how much a 1/4 pint of creme fraiche costs? Like $7!!! Well there’s a better way. Make it yourself. Here’s how. Take the cream you use for your morning coffee and the buttermilk you use for your pancakes. Combine the two and before you know it,…

Easily the Best Kitchen Tool

When you are cooking or baking, a scale will give you the confidence of a professional chef through accurate and consistent ingredient measurements. Measuring ingredients by volume using cups and tablespoons can be inconsistent. You can easily over-pack a cup of flour by 25% when you scoop flour directly out of the bag, which is…

Family Meals Done Well

The philosophy at Uchi is spot on in regards to family meal. Photo credit: Michael Browning

Perfect Roasted Chicken

Quick – Filling – Tasty! The holy trinity of staff meals. Unsurprisingly, roasted chicken is probably one of the most common dishes made for hungry workers. Here is a tried and true recipe that never disappoints 🙂 Brine:  1gallon    Hot Water 1cup        Kosher Salt (Optional) 12ea        Bay Leaves…