Emily Han

Emily Han is a Los Angeles-based recipe developer, educator, herbalist, and author of Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home. For recipes and classes, check out her personal site.
All the Different Types of Paprika — Plus How to Use Them
They each have their own distinct flavor.
May 17, 2024
The Best Substitute for Lime Juice (Plus 6 More Options)
No, it’s not just lemons.
Apr 24, 2024
Homemade Vanilla Extract Is Easier than You Think
Homemade vanilla extract takes just two ingredients — vanilla beans and alcohol (like vodka) — and you can be as straightforward or creative as you like. Though it does take a bit of patience as you wait for the alcohol to extract the flavor from the beans, the delicious results are well worth it. It’s super easy to make and you only need two ingredients! Homemade vanilla extract is the perfect gift for friends and family who love to bake.
Mar 27, 2024
How To Clean a Cast-Iron Skillet in 4 Easy Steps
It's a lot easier than you might think.
Oct 6, 2023
My Mother-In-Law's Kimchi Is Perfect for Beginners
It tastes good with everything.
Sep 26, 2023
All the Cool Things You Can Do With Banana Leaves
Around the world, wherever bananas grow, cooks have devised ways to use the giant leaves, wrapping them around foods both savory and sweet. A parcel made from banana leaves seals in moisture and flavor and infuses the contents with a subtle, grassy aroma. From Latin American to Asian dishes, here are 9 clever and beautiful ways to cook with the versatile leaves.Banana leaves are simply the giant, waxy leaves the grow on a banana plant. They are harvested for culinary use and for decoration.
Sep 20, 2023
How to Make Harissa Paste at Home
Move over, ketchup and Sriracha! When it comes to versatile red condiments, harissa is my absolute favorite. This Tunisian chile sauce is a fantastic shortcut to spice up a meal and can be used with everything from meat to vegetables, couscous, roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, as a dip for bread … the list is truly endless. Making them is easy; you can blend the chiles into a thick paste with garlic, olive oil, and aromatic spices.
Sep 10, 2023
Spread This Jammy Zucchini Butter on All Your Summer Sandwiches
It's a great little staple to have in your summer cooking repertoire.
Aug 31, 2023
Brown Rice Congee with Shiitake Mushrooms and Greens
Congee, jook, okayu. Asian-style rice porridge has many names and countless variations, but in every instance it is a simple, comforting dish for breakfast or any time of day. This extra nutritious version includes brown rice, shiitake mushroomsginger. I grew up with the Vietnamese version, called cháo, which my parents made using white rice and lots of water in a big, simmering pot. (It can also be made in a rice cooker or slow cooker.
Aug 31, 2023
Che Bap (Vietnamese Sweet Corn Pudding)
One of my most enduring childhood memories is watching my bà nội, or grandmother, shaving corn – the clean, confident stroke of her knife, and the tumble of sweet, juicy kernels released from the cob. If we were lucky, she’d stir the kernels into a pot of coconut milk with tapioca pearls to make chè, a delectable Vietnamese pudding. I can think of few better treats than chè on a summer afternoon.
Aug 28, 2023
Here's the Difference Between Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream, and Cream of Coconut
First things first: They're not always interchangeable!
Aug 27, 2023
Better Than It Sounds: Vietnamese Egg Soda (Soda Sua Hot Ga)
You’ve heard, perhaps, of raw eggs in cocktails (Ramos gin fizz, eggnog), but in soda?! Yes, and it’s better than it sounds. Soda sữa hột gà, or Vietnamese egg soda, may seem odd, but it’s surprisingly refreshing. Made from egg yolk, sweetened condensed milk, and club soda, it tastes like a rich, custardy ice cream soda.
Aug 23, 2023
How To Make Herb-Infused Honey
If you peek inside my cupboards, you’ll see countless little jars of herb and honey concoctions that are both delicious and healing. Making herb-infused honey has become one of my favorite ways to use leftover sprigs of thyme from cooking dinner, a handful of wild mint found while foraging, or the buds of an edible flower bouquet. There are five steps in making herb-infused honey.
Aug 17, 2023
7 Ways To Eat Sugar Snap Peas This Spring
The other day we had to choose between a bunch of asparagus and a bag of sugar snap peas from our CSA. Most everyone picked the asparagus but we couldn’t resist the snap peas! Sweet, crunchy, and delicious raw or cooked (or pickled or roasted!), they are one of the most wonderful foods of spring.Here are 7 very different way to eat sugar snap peas. How do you like to prepare them.
Aug 16, 2023
How to Get Rid of Grain Weevils In Your Pantry
One Saturday morning, years ago, we awoke to a rather horrifying sight: hundreds of little brown bugs pouring out of the pantry cupboard and across the kitchen floor. We’ve encountered ants, pantry moths, and grain beetles, but this was a new one for us. We did some research and learned that our new guests were grain weevils (aka wheat weevils). Grain weevils are pantry insects and before they multiply, learn how you can prevent them from invading your pantry.
Aug 1, 2023
25 Spice Mixes From Around the World
From ras el hanout to herbes de provence, herb and spice mixes are essential to many cuisines around the world. Bringing these blends into your own kitchen can lend authenticity to international dishes and provide creative inspiration for your everyday cooking. Ready for this trip across the globe? No passport required! Berbere Berbere – A heady combination of spicy, bitter, and sweet spices used in Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Jul 25, 2023
How To Make Flavored Salts
From the ingredients you use to the foods you put them on, flavored salts are wide open to your imagination. Start with a flaky salt, add herbs, spices, or other ingredients, and you have a quick, unique way to season everything from sliced tomatoes to chocolate cakes. They make wonderful edible gifts, too. Here’s a step-by-step recipe with basic ratios to get you started, plus tips for how to use seasoned salts, and a few of our favorite ingredient combinations.
Jul 25, 2023
Hot Spiced Drink from Indonesia: Bandrek
From our recent posts, we know that many of you love masala chai as much as we do. Here’s another aromatic, spiced beverage to try. Indonesian bandrek doesn’t contain tea, but it features many of the same ingredients, such as cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Simmer a pot of this on the stove, and your house will smell amazing. (It’s also an excellent sore throat soother!)Bandrek comes from the Sundanese people of Java.
Jul 25, 2023
Lemon Balm Tea
Are you looking for a little boost this time of year? If you’re looking for a tea that calms your nerves and lifts your mood, have this lemon balm tea. It’s made with a blend of herbs including oatstraw, rose hips, lavender, orange peel, and lemon balm, a cheery plant with a long history of raising our spirits. Sipping this tea will surely brighten those dreary days.
Jul 6, 2023
How To Brew Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is often described as being between green tea and black tea, so it makes sense that steeping techniques usually fall somewhere in the middle, too. Oolong tea comes in different oxidation levels and leaf shapes, so there is no one-size-fits-all method for steeping. This is also a wonderful tea for re-steeping, and you can discover new aromas and flavors with each new infusion. Oolong tea is often steeped in an Asian-style gaiwan or a clay Yixing teapot.
Jun 30, 2023
Vietnamese-Inspired Rice Crisps
Sometimes, in the midst of cooking, a what if? can lead you towards an entirely new path. That’s what happened when I set out to make Vietnamese summer rolls wrapped in sheets of rice paper. “Can you fry rice paper?” my partner wondered as he eyed the translucent round sheets. “Let’s experiment,” I gamely replied.
Jun 30, 2023
How To Make Sprouted Grains
Now that we’re up to speed on sprouted grains and their nutritional and culinary benefits, let’s take a look at how to actually make them at home. Sprouted grains, like wheat berries and rice, are super simple to make. They don’t require any major equipment, and they are also fun for both adults and kids to make. The grains are first soaked in water and then rinsed, drained, and kept moist inside a jar for a period of one to five days.
Jun 19, 2023
Korean-Style Steamed Eggs
You’ve had eggs boiled, fried, poached, and scrambled … but how about steamed? Silky, savory Asian-style steamed eggs are a real treat at any meal. Different variations are used in China, Japan, and Korea, and I’ll share a recipe for making Korean-style steamed eggs or gyeran jjim. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When steamed, the eggs set into the loveliest custard with the texture of silken tofu.
Jun 17, 2023
How to Make Beet Kvass
Have you ever tried beet kvass? Earthy, salty, sour, and sweet, this jewel-toned lacto-fermented beverage is full of probiotic goodness. Plus it’s ridiculously easy and affordable to brew right on your kitchen counter. Making beet kvass is similar to the process of making sauerkraut, traditional dill pickles, and kimchi.
Jun 14, 2023
Fire Cider
Have you heard of fire cider? The first time I encountered this traditional folk recipe, I have to admit I was terrified. Horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, hot peppers, and spices infused in apple cider vinegar? To drink? It took me years before I tried it, but you can be braver than me. It’s worth it! Plus you can use fire cider in so many ways — from cold cure to cooking to cocktails. Hot, pungent, sour, and sweet, fire cider is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Jun 4, 2023
A Beginner's Guide to Kimbap — Korea's Iconic Finger Food
It’s infinitely customizable.
Jun 2, 2023
15 Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Have With a Meal
From simple tricks to store-bought sips, we have you covered when it comes to non-alcoholic drink ideas. Most of these beverages aren’t too sweet, making them perfect to serve alongside food.• 12 Noon to Midnight – Light, refreshing, and not too sweet• Cascal• Grown-Up Soda (GUS), Vignette Wine Country Soda, DRY Soda Co.What are your favorite non-alcoholic drinks to have with a meal?Related: Ideas for Fun Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks?
May 25, 2023
10 Pretty Radish Appetizers
Crisp, jewel-toned radishes make pretty appetizers for just about any entertaining occasion – dinner parties, picnics, brunches, cocktail parties. Here are 10 different ways to serve them, from little bites to dips and spreads. Most of these recipes come together very quickly, too!
May 25, 2023
Salvadoran Pupusas con Curtido (Masa Cakes with Cabbage Slaw)
More than a decade after experiencing my first pupusa, I can still remember my wide-eyed joy as I bit into the thick, stuffed tortilla. Why had I never eaten one before, and how soon could I have another? As I learned, the best part about El Salvador’s national dish isn’t just the warm, savory masa filled with melty cheese (or meat or beans), but its brilliant accompaniment called curtido.
May 16, 2023
Smart Tip: Get Corn Off the Cob Using a Bundt Pan
Behold, a potentially life-changing video from Saveur that helps you get corn off the cob quickly and easily and makes excellent use of a multi-tasting bundt pan! I can’t believe I missed this video when it came out last year, but it’s never too late to learn a brilliant kitchen trick. As shown in the video, a bundt pan helps hold the cob in place and neatly catches corn kernels and milk as you shave them to use in salads, dessert, juice, and more.
May 3, 2023
What’s the Difference? Flat-leaf and Curly-leaf Parsley
Oftentimes recipes will specify the use of flat-leaf or Italian parsley. Can you substitute curly leaves for flat, and vice versa? What’s the difference beyond appearance?Used to perk up dishes with its fresh green flavor and color, parsley can be much more than a garnish. The two main cultivars of this herb are curly parsley (Petroselinum crispum) with ruffled leaves and Italian parsley (Petroselinum crispum neapolitanum) with flat leaves.
May 3, 2023
How To Cook Fluffy, Tasty Quinoa
This method is foolproof.
Apr 7, 2023
How to Use Radish Greens for Zero-Waste Deliciousness
Making our springy asparagus, radish, and mint salad or tossing radishes with farro and goat cheese? Or maybe you’re slicing a few to dip into salted butter on a crudités platter. Whatever you’re making, don’t toss those radish greens! You can eat them. That’s right. If you’ve always chucked the tops into the compost or the garbage you may be curious enough to give them a try. Here are 6 ways you can use radish greens.
Mar 1, 2023
The Best Place to Store Eggplant Is Not in the Refrigerator
I just received two plump eggplants in my CSA box, and as I was sticking them in the refrigerator, I suddenly questioned whether this was the right move. Remember that tip for how to store cucumbers? Turns out eggplant is similar. Until now, my go-to storage spot for eggplant has always been in the refrigerator — either the crisper drawer or bottom shelf, depending on the size.
Dec 14, 2022
Don’t Have Espresso Powder? Try These Substitutes.
Espresso powder and instant espresso provide nuanced flavors in rich, chocolatey baked goods. Learn the best swaps here.
Nov 17, 2022
Edible Weeds: Ground Ivy
Gill-over-the-ground, Creeping Charlie, Catsfoot, Run-away-robin, Hedge maids, Alehoof, Tunhoof … these are just a few of the names given to ground ivy, a member of the mint family found in moist shady areas, along hedgerows and buildings, and creeping through gardens and lawns. Though often considered a weed, the plant’s aromatic leaves have played an important role in culinary history.
Oct 1, 2022