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Miso-Marinated Beef Skewers from Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen, Cookbook Giveaway!

I love a good party. Friends and appetizers, bubbly drinks and a spread of desserts. I’m continually inspired by and excited about new cookbooks, but the past month has been a particularly fruitful one. First, there was Sprouted Kitchen, then Jerusalem, then What Katie Ate, and now, my friend Aida has come out with a cookbook, nay, a TOME that may just be your new cooking bible. You see, Aida has been in the food biz for quite a while, and her flavor profiles are very much in line with mine. She loves bold ingredients, is inspired by California, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, among other places. She’s methodical and relentless when it comes to recipe testing to perfection.

Aida’s new book, Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen, is a a treat for every cook, whether beginner or advanced. Beyond the straightforward recipes, which include dishes like Romaine Salad with Cornbread + Whiskey Onions, Indian Burritos, and Peruvian Skirt Steak Saute, Aida packed her book with endless helpful tips, ‘riffs,’ ‘recipes within recipes,’ recipe takeaways, pantry pointers, knife skills, and everything in between. The first day I sat down with the book, I picked up a number of new ideas for ways to waste less food and the proper way to store leftovers.

Suffice it to say, this is a cookbook you want to own. When Aida asked me to join a virtual dinner party to celebrate the launch of her book, I jumped right in. I had a hard time settling on which recipe I’d share with you first, but decided that these Miso-Marinated Beef Skewers with Shisito Peppers were a good introduction. I feel this recipe demonstrates Aida’s sensibility and creativity, combining flavors you may not expect. I love a good miso glaze, but tend to associate it with seafood. Here, it’s used as a marinade for beef which you can grill on an indoor or outdoor grill. You can use any seasonal veggies you’d like, but I loved Aida’s suggestion for shishito peppers, a mild Japanese pepper similar to padróns. I imagine the marinade would be delicious with tofu as well. Our beautiful bamboo skewers were gifted by AHeirloom (we also have their California cutting board).

Cookbook Giveaway!

Lastly, thanks to Chronicle Books, we’re giving away a copy of Aida’s book to one lucky duck reader! Just leave a comment on this post, letting us know why you deserve to win. We’ll randomly select and announce one winner on Monday at 12 pm PST on our Facebook page.

Miso-Marinated Beef and Charred Shishito Pepper Skewers
*serves four
adapted from Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen

For the miso marinade:

1/4 cup of white miso paste
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons of brown rice vinegar
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil
6 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of water

For the skewers:

2 pounds of sirloin or New York strip steak, trimmed of extra fat and cut into large cubes
1 pint of shishito peppers
1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil
kosher salt
freshly-ground pepper

1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside 1/4 cup of marinade and toss the meat in the remaining mixture. Transfer to a container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to use (up to 24 hours).
2. Thread the meat on metal or wooden skewers (if using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them for at least 20 minutes prior to grilling so they don’t burn).
3. Toss peppers with sesame oil, salt and pepper. If using an indoor grill to prepare the meat, heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high and cook peppers until charred. You can also spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and broil until charred. Otherwise, thread them on skewers and grill alongside the meat, basting with reserved marinade.
4. To prepare the meat, lightly oil an indoor grill pan and heat over medium-high. Grill skewers, turning occasionally, until charred.

Musical Pairings: Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes + Miso-Marinated Beef and Charred Shishito Pepper Skewers

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Posted by Kasey


Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • gail

    thanks for this giveaway! i’d love to win bc i love cookbooks

  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Thanks for the support, Kasey! And I couldn’t ask for a better pairing than Flying Lotus — definitely one of my favorites.

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  • Jess O’Toole

    There are those shishito peppers I love so much! The recipe looks simple but packed with some great flavors (love toasted sesame oil with beef). I look forward to checking out the book.

  • Kim Fenton

    Yum. I deserve to win this cookbook because now my mouth is watering and I would love to flip through the rest of the book to see more delicious recipes.

  • Nicole

    I “deserve” to win because I need a new cookbook that has recipes containing meat in it!

  • Nicole

    This recipe looks incredible! I was thumbing through the cookbook at a new shop in my hometown and I am SO kicking myself for not purchasing it right then and there. The cake Tracy made, too? Wow. Love the pretty skewers, Kasey!

  • tara

    Oh man those look amazing. I don’t know that I deserve to win, but I want to win! I love winning!

  • April

    So excited for this giveaway! I just started taking cooking classes and am learning to cook so this giveaway is perfect for me ;) can’t wait to see who wins!

  • Megan

    Recipe looks delish! I deserve to win because I NEED this cookbook because I want to “Become a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook.” ;)

  • betafan7

    Ooooh, this recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. I would love to get my hands on this cookbook, I am obsessed with learning new recipes, new techniques and trying out great new flavors! Also why I have been a Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box subscriber since day one! :-)

  • Leena R.

    This looks amazing….can’t wait to try it out!!

  • Kelli

    Pick me, pick me. I LOVE Aida’s recipes. My favorite evening is hosting a dinner party…this cookbook will be the perfect addition to my library of favorite recipes.

  • sarah kieffer

    Lovely! I keep hearing such good things about this book. I don’t know if I deserve to win, but I’d sure like to. :)

  • Steel Springs

    This looks like a delicious recipe. I’d love to win the cookbook. I don’t know if I “deserve” to win it, but with a new baby on the way I need all of the kitchen inspiration that I can get.

  • Darrin J. Schröeder

    I’m a mid-40s single guy who needs to step up his cooking skills a couple of notches in order to be good dating material! Aida’s cookbook would help tremendously :)

  • christina nguyen

    would love a copy!

  • d’Auria

    I’m on a tight budget to buy our first home with my Man and we eat in every day! I need this!

  • Molly

    I love that I have to say why I deserve to win. I feel so incredibly cheeky coming up with a good reason, but how about I think Aida is terrific and I would love to have her cookbook on my shelf.

  • Ashley

    Aida’s cookbook will be the perfect complement to anyone’s collection! I would love to add it to my small, graduate student funded shelf!


    Total comment from someone admiring your mad skills!

  • Kate Zimmermann

    I don’t necessarily deserve to win but I would like to step it up a notch in the kitchen and I would love to own this cookbook! Aida is awesome!

  • Deb

    Well, I am recently unemployed and bored. Been cooking up a storm thanks to all of this extra time and job-search anxiety, so would really relish a new book to dive into. Keep up the awesome blog, by the way. Music + food really does = nirvana.

  • Nina Henz

    I would love to try those skewers and Indian burritos sound like they are totally my kind of food :) I love to cook with spices, herbs and exciting flavors!

  • Christina

    I would love to win this cookbook just because I love Aida and also, if I’m not eating, then I’m thinking about what I’m going to cook/bake next!

  • erin @ yummy supper

    Kasey, I was just peeking at Aida’s book at my local book shop the other night. It looks packed with good stuff! Your beef looks delish and those skewers are awesome.
    Hope you are well and that your belly is growing happily!

  • Jenni Sevenich

    Not sure if this means I “deserve” to win, but I need a real reference book with pictures, easy recipes, and that will motivate me to shake things up in the kitchen! Those skewers look delish.

  • Kasey

    It’s really fabulous, Erin. Aren’t the skewers beautiful? I love them. The belly is growing…thanks for checking in :) xo

  • Kasey

    I’m excited to try the Indian burritos, too!

  • Kasey

    Thanks, Deb!

  • Kasey

    Thanks, Sally!

  • Kasey

    Her book is definitely perfect for you!

  • Kasey

    Yay! We’ve got a new baby on the way, too, and I’m hoping Aida’s book helps keep us inspired :)

  • Kasey

    Everyone deserves to win ;)

  • Kasey

    Thank you so much for your support of TK and the Pairings Box! Always awesome to hear from a longtime subscriber.

  • Kasey

    I haven’t actually tried the beef/sesame oil combination, but I LOVE it!

  • Kasey

    You’re very welcome, Aida! Loving your book. And glad you liked the Flying Lotus pairing!

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