Turkish Chickpea and Potato Stew with Baharat – Recipe

I’m obsessed with baharat lately. Baharat is a spice mixture that is popular throughout North Africa, the Levant and the Middle East. Most versions include black pepper, cumin, coriander, cloves and cinnamon. The Turkish variety usually adds dried mint and savory. Like anything else in food, every village and maybe every cook has their own …

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Coconut Rice with Black Beans, Plantains, and Mango Salsa – Recipe

At my house, we eat food in styles from all over the world, but rice is far and away our most popular substrate. I’m always experimenting with new ways to cook rice as well as new things to serve with it.

Today’s dish is Caribbean inspired, with coconut milk-scented rice, black beans, plantains, avocado, mango, and a …

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Double Crust Pizza with Broccoli Raab, Ricotta and Caramelized Onions – Recipe

The inspiration for this pizza came from Mario Batali's Sfincione Di Patate, a beautiful Sicilian double-crust pizza with a potato-bread dough that he filled with ricotta and salami. Skipping the pig (of course), I opted to make something a bit thicker, with a deep pile of richly caramelized onions, wilted bitter greens, and a generous …

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Seared Watermelon with Flavors of Summer – Yes, That’s Vegetarian – Recipe

A few days ago I was surfing my RSS reader for a few minutes before bed, when this post from Alex and Aki hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve seen compressed watermelon before, but I don’t think I’ve ever given any thought to searing it. Genius. I had to try this immediately, and fortunately …

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Three Easy Banchan (Korean Side Dishes) – Recipes

No Korean meal is complete without a selection of at least a few  - the small side dishes that are served in the middle of the table for everyone to enjoy. Banchan are usually chilled or at room temperature

There are hundreds of different banchan recipes, many of which can be whipped up in just a …

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Biscuits, Big Johns and Broccoli in Black Bean Sauce (A Very Fine Morning)

Fridays I often have some time alone with Mini-Me. Today we seem to have had an all food morning. This is good, we’re getting her up to speed young! First thing after she woke up, we made our favorite biscuits. Properly nourished and ready for adventure we headed off to Big John’s (aka Pacific …

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Mushroom Risotto with Asparagus and Fava Beans – Recipe, Including Pressure Cooker Variation

This risotto packs a powerful mushroom intensity. I finely chop a whole pound of mushrooms in a food processor, then saute them in olive oil until they give up all of their liquid and develop deep flavor. This is similar to the French method for mushroom Then the mushrooms are cooked along with the rice. …

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