Spicy Barbecue Tofu

Tofu tends to get a bad rap. If it's not prepared properly it can feel like eating an old sponge and taste of absolutely nothing. On the other hand, when treated well, tofu can be a scrumptious treat for the senses as well as powerful nourishment for the body.

I first fell in love with tofu through my local Chinese takeout. They have deep fried tofu with sauteed vegetables. Deep fried tofu has the perfect chewy exterior and pillowy soft center. It tastes of all the vegetables, oil and soy sauce from the wok.

I've experimented with cooking tofu at home. I don't really deep fry. But there are other great ways to prepare tofu as a main protein. I like to broil it. I use a classic meat eaters method to give it flavor. I brush it with a glaze before and mid cooking. It works brilliantly both in terms of flavor and texture.

It's totally vegan.

1 package extra firm tofu
4 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce
2 tbls sriracha
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp…

Corn Pico de Gallo

This is a riff on pico de gallo, but not a straight up version. It uses basil rather than cilantro. It also has the addition of corn, which creates a really pleasing textural component. It's not a salsa though. It's crisper and and less runny than your typical salsa would be. It borrows from mexican, french and italian influences. But for the most part, it's simply a celebration of the great flavors summer fruits and vegetables have to offer

1-2 ears fire roasted corn, 1 1/2 cups
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 vine tomato, diced
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, minced

3 tbls hot sauce
1/4 cup olive oil

2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
10 basil leaves, sliced thinly

Cook the corn dehusked over the flame of your gas burner on your stovetop until gently charred. Use tongs to turn it and get an even char. If you don't have a gas stovetop, you can cook it on an outdoor grill.

Cut the cooked corn off the cobs.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl that has a cover. Mix thoroughly, but gently. Chill for a while in the fridge before serving.