Psycho Cooker

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Psycho Eats LA: Hide Sushi

Hide Sushi (pronounced “hee-day”) epitomizes the alchemy of a simple dish when it is made with the freshest ingredients, and executed by an expert hand.   Hide is located on Sawtelle, a few blocks off of Olympic, in what some refer to as “Little Osaka.”  This tiny culinary district consists of about 3 blocks packed with Asian restaurants, mostly Japanese.  Many of these restaurants provide authentic fare with a modern spin, but Hide is purely traditional, and has been open for decades.  I have been wanting to eat at Hide for months, and I finally had the opportunity over the weekend.  […]

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Hot and Sour Soup

I have a horrible personality.  Of my many horrible traits, I am obsessive.  I become obsessed with foods, routines, TV shows, activities, websites, etc.; then I indulge until I cannot take it anymore.  Sometimes, these obsessions last for years.  For example, I have been eating a turkey sandwich for lunch at work/school for the last five years.  I vary the bread, condiments, and toppings, but it’s a turkey sandwich no matter how many different variations of mustard I purchase.  How is it possible that I can endure, let alone enjoy, such a way of being?  I also have a wide […]

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Okonomiyaki

You may recall that I have been on a bit of a cabbage jag in my cooking.  I have been scouring the internet for hearty recipes that embolden cabbage to play the starring role it deserves.  This post proudly documents a worthy, cabbage-centric recipe.  The best part is I didn’t have to search for it;  it found me.  Here you have a unique, yet accessible spin on a cabbage-y weeknight dinner.  If you’re in a cooking rut, this one might just get your juices flowing.  It was fun to make, tasty, and inexpensive.  If that isn’t a winning combination, I’m […]

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup with Chard

Being in a new environment with so many tempting cuisines, I haven’t been cooking quite as much as I used to.  I also am sharing a kitchen for the first time in my adult life, and I am still figuring out my culinary stride in that setting.  While I do still cook, I tend to go with quick recipes in my repertoire, instead of breaking new ground.  However, last week I made a new recipe for dinner, and it served as a delightful reminder of how much I enjoy that process.  It was a new recipe (I’ll post about it […]

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Psycho on the Road: Date Shakes at Shields (Indio, CA)

Phoenix has been a longtime hub for my family. My uncle moved there before I was born, so it was the regular vacation destination for my immediate family. With my aunt in California, it also proved to be a good meeting place for my extended family. Traditions and travel routines have morphed over the years, but Phoenix continues to be a spot that draws in both my immediate and extended family members. Coming from Michigan, my nuclear family always flew, but my aunt and her family (the Kayes) in Los Angeles were able to drive. They made those drives sound […]

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