About youthfoodblog

Hi, I am Chris, a 16-year-old foodie in California. I have a strong interest in exploring healthy eating, culinary innovation, and food culture. I hope this blog will bring you comfort, joy and fun in celebrating the wonders of food.

Braised Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Braising is a cooking technique that combines searing and cooking in a liquid. Usually it works well with tougher meats and is a easy way to create a flavorful dish. I decided to braise beef short ribs!

Ingredients:

Bone in short ribs, tomato paste, bacon, mixed herbs, bay leaves, mirepoix, beef broth, red wine (don’t worry, I didn’t drink any!), flour

Procedure:

take out of oven, should be tender

Plating time!

One of the reasons I like this recipe is that you do not need to be too precise with the temperatures, and it will always come out perfectly cooked. It is also very versatile with easy changes, for instance, it is just as good with soy sauce, five spice, sesame oil, and brown sugar instead of red wine/tomato/herbs for Asian style short ribs. Or add curry paste and coconut milk–Thai or Jamaican spices? How about Mexican dried chipotles with a dark chocolate mole? The possibilities are endless!

My Favorite Food Shows

I enjoy watching lots of food-related shows, ranging from crazy reality TV (I’ll admit it, despite it’s lack of culinary depth, Cutthroat Kitchen is sometimes fun to watch!) to cooking shows to more serious documentaries…as long as they involve food, I’ll watch it! Through watching these shows, I’m often inspired and amazed by chefs who share their creations that represent who they are. Here are some of my favorite food shows: Continue reading

Exploring a Healthy Way to Make Blondies

While we all enjoy the rich, creamy taste of desserts, most of us are concerned with their fatty and sugary ingredients. Can we replace the traditional ingredients of a dessert with more healthy ones while keeping the delicate and delicious taste of the dessert?  

Today, I tried two different approaches to make blondies: Continue reading

Four Reasons I Love to Visit the Farmers Market

It’s Sunday again. Strolling on a street filled with stands of savory produce on a sunny Sunday is always a good idea. At the farmers market, I can pick up fresh produce at a bargain price and get tasty and healthy ingredients for cooking. But aside from taste and health considerations, there are more why I love to visit the farmers market.  Continue reading

Restoring the Good Old Flavors in Tomatoes — A New Technology

TomatoesWhile reading the online ScienceDaily today, I came across a piece of interesting food news: scientists at University of Florida have discovered the key to restoring great tomato flavor. According to the news release, during the past 50 years or so, commercial tomatoes have gradually lost their original tasty flavors. To put the flavors back to tomatoes, scientists have studied the DNA in a tomato gene (called “alleles”), identified the chemical combinations for better tomato flavors, and used genetic analysis to replace alleles in modern tomato varieties so that they can be more flavorful.  Continue reading

Juggling Academics and Appetite — A Few Tips

We all have experienced that hungry moment: After long hours of homework, you suddenly crave a snack — something handy, tasty, and ideally, somewhat healthy.

Here are a few tips and suggestions for quick snacks that will boost your energy and satisfy your appetite during stressful times:  Continue reading

Juxtaposition

Same ingredients, different looks Same taste, different expressions

Same ingredients, different looks
Same taste, different expressions

When I made a cupcake with mango, raspberry, nasturtium, and matcha, I happened to have some extra ingredients. I had an idea.

Using the same ingredients, I made the dessert on the left side of the plate. Suddenly, the ingredients that made up the cupcake became vivid and vibrant.

There are countless ways to combine ingredients. There are endless possibilities to explore creativity, even with the same resources. And many times, a little ingenuity will lead to surprisingly transformative results, just like the juxtaposition on this plate shows.

Wish you a creative 2017!