Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Indy wishes blogging offered more nomz to snack on - Photos by Wasabi Prime

Greetings! If you've found this page, you'll no doubt be wondering the same thing my parents are, which is just what the heck is Wasabi Prime? Although they would most likely phrase it something along the lines of, "Is this like the Twitter or that MySpacebook-thing?" No, I'm sure you're well aware this is a foodie-themed blog, and the curiosity that led you to this page compels you to ask the real question, which is, there's a hojillion blogs out there, and a good chunk of them are foodie-related -- why the hell should I waste valuable goof-off time at work reading this one?

I'm not a chef, just a home cook prone to moments of compulsive cooking. When not blogging, I'm a freelance graphic designer (peek at my work at, food writer, recipe developer and sometimes food photographer. I've never officially been involved in the food service industry, even managing to duck the bullet of waiting tables. Growing up, I was the pickiest eater in the world (scrambled eggs and hotdogs, no lie), but over time, I developed an earnest appreciation for food. Working on this blog has been a rediscovery of the role food has held in life, both present and past. Food is not just fuel. It's the centerpiece in family gatherings, the passing-down of tradition in timeworn recipe books, and the shared revelry enjoyed with friends. Food is memory and it has an uncanny ability to weave its way into our collective lives and create new connections for memories yet to be made, and that is a journey worth taking, no?

Maudlin flourishes aside, Wasabi Prime is as much about the earthy luxury of a rare truffle, as it is the guilty pleasure of macaroni and cheese from a box. Yeah, the funky orange cheese powder -- don't pretend like you don't know what I'm saying. It's also about the ingenuity of being resourceful in the kitchen. The phrase "MacGyver Cooking" is one that is often thrown about, so don't be surprised if a meat loaf magically turns into a non-lethal pipe bomb. I have stacks of cookbooks and collect a paperstorm of recipies from gorgeous magazines, but I'm the first to admit I'm a "pinch o' this" and a "smidge o' that" kind of cook -- aka, a lazy one, fraught with substitutions. But I'm working on it! More recipes are being added as I try to stick to better habits of writing things down and -- Heaven help me -- following directions, for once.

So, sit back, grab a bag of Funyuns and a glass of aged port, and see what Wasabi Prime serves up. Feel free to email me directly at wasabiprime at hotmail dot com, if you feel so inclined. I'm always happy to hear from readers and discuss writing or photography projects. It's way more fun than fielding yet another offer for cheap erectile dysfunction medication for the penis I don't have. Cheers.

* Side note, for I also write a style/art blog called the Jaunty Magpie, if you wish to take a peek... merci!

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  1. Hi Denise! Just wanted to let you know that I am giving you the "One Lovely Blog" Award. :)

  2. I just discovered you and am loving your blog!


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