Bowl of Cooling Yogurt -
Evan Kleiman

When it's really hot and appetite flags a cooling bowl of yogurt can be all you need.  This combination, taken from the Persian kitchen is halfway between Mast-o-Khiar the cucumber-yogurt dip that accompanies many dishes and an Ash-e-Mast or yogurt soup. In my version I use full fat Indian yogurt ...read more

Adventures in Japanese Cooking: Udon -
Evan Kleiman

My Japanese cooking adventure continues.  It's lovely to have someone to cook for every night, especially someone as sweet and encouraging as my student roommate Miku. Given the heat I figured that she might appreciate a bowl of cold udon.  Now that my pantry is stocked with Japanese basics it's ...read more

nigella's chocolate gingerbread
Super Easy Chocolate Gingerbread -
Evan Kleiman

Several years ago,  2004 in fact,  I became obsessed with Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Gingerbread from her cookbook Feast.  I made it once then another thirty times.  Why?  It's a perfect foolproof cake with holiday flavor that is dead simple, not just to make but to serve.  At Angeli we ended ...read more

Maple Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie -
Evan Kleiman

It's KCRW Pie Contest season.  Our 8th, if you can believe it.  It takes a village to put the day together for the thousands who show up to appreciate and gorge on pie so this year we reached out to sponsors.  We found a perfect one. Universal Pictures came on board ...read more

making ravioli
Meat Ravioli from Leftovers -
Evan Kleiman

I'm sure that tucking a bit of leftover food into a sheet of pasta aka ravioli had its origins in creating abundance from very little.  They are the perfect food to use up leftovers.  You just need two things.  Some fresh egg pasta in your freezer and some good stuff that you ...read more