The Dirt Candy Cookbook – Review

The Dirt Candy Cookbook

Amanda Cohen is a bad-ass chef. I had the terrific experience of staging (interning) with her for a few days last year. You should read about that first.

Short-version: Amanda owns and runs the tiny, edgy, imaginative and incredibly cool Dirt Candy in New York’s East Village. As far as I know, she’s the only vegetarian …

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Potatoes with Crispy Curry Leaves – Recipe


How is this for confusing? Curry powder is not made from curry leaves. Good Indian cooks tend to mix spices for individual dishes, although there are some mixtures that are fairly standardized, like garam masala. In the west, some truly awful, unbalanced spice mixtures go by the name of curry powder and should be roundly …

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Red Winter Minestrone with Winter Greens Pesto

Red Winter Minestrone with Winter Greens Pesto

If you are a dedicated locavore, or farmer’s market shopper, or year-round CSA subscriber, you are all too familiar with this issue: depending on where you live, there are several loooong months of the year where the main local vegetables available are the hearty dark leafy greens and root vegetables. You are going to need …

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Why You Need an Instant-Read Kitchen Thermometer

Digital Kitchen Thermometer

An instant-read thermometer might seem like one of those kitchen gadgets you don’t really need. Most of us cook by the seat of our pants anyhow, right? Maybe it seems a little too “cheffy?” But I think you’ll find that if you get one, even a basic $12 model like I have pictured above, you’ll …

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Savory Cardoon Flan – Recipe

Savory Cardoon Flan

Cardoon: Looks like celery, tastes like artichoke.

Oxbow Farm is one of my favorite local farms. They are at several of our Seattle area farmer’s markets, and have a great educational center out in Carnation that is fantastic for taking city kids on field trips to learn where their veggies come from.  Last time we were out there, …

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Fresh Fettuccine with Broccoli Raab in a Lemony Tomato Sauce – Recipe

From May through October, we have a farmer's market on my day off, just a couple of blocks from my house. Our regular ritual is to swing by in the afternoon, select what looks great, then walk home and figure out what to cook with our bounty.

If I don't have another plan, I'll often …

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Onion Pakora – Recipe

Onion Pakora

Pakora are a classic Indian snack food or appetizer, made by coating just about any vegetable (or sometimes fruit) with a chickpea flour batter and deep frying. They can be made from whole slices of vegetable or smaller pieces spooned together, and the batter can be thick or thin, crispy or puffy. I’ve seen pakora made …

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