Nishino – Let Me Count The Ways

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Snacky Pants and I just got back from a lovely date-night dinner at Nishino, which is our very favorite Japanese restaurant in Seattle. (My wife is still deciding what nickname she wants to go by on the blog. So …

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Knives for the Vegetarian Kitchen, Part 1

If you love to cook, you are probably going to fall in love with knives. I’ve had many of them over the years, but I’ve pretty well settled on the set above. I’ll walk you through them and tell you what they are and what I like about them. I think a vegetarian kitchen has …

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Review: Duck Soup Inn, San Juan Island, WA

Last weekend we were up on San Juan Island in Puget Sound with my wife’s folks and a couple of their friends. At the (very fine) farmer’s market in Friday Harbor on Saturday morning, one of our crew bought a few zucchini blossoms and the woman in line behind her bought all the rest that …

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Heirloom Caprese and a Grilled Zucchini and Tofu

I don’t think anyone needs a recipe for these, just use your best olive oil for the caprese and your best balsamic and parmesan for the zucchini and tofu. I really need plain white plates for these to look right. The caprese was inspired by that beautiful tomato, and I realized a good if obvious …

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Grilled Peaches with Ras Al Hanout and Ginger Beer Reduction

This sounds fancy but is actually a slam dunk to make, especially if you use a packaged spice mixture. The combination of sweet, pungent and spicy is pretty addictive. You could serve it as an appetizer or as part of a light dinner with a salad or a meze. It seems like it would enjoy …

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Making Mozarella at Home

I’ve made ricotta and yogurt cheese a few times at home, but I’ve never tried to do anything that involved (vegetable) rennet before. I had read that mozzarella was fairly tractable, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Casting about google for recipes turned up New England Cheesemaking Supply which sells rennet, citric acid …

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Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos – Recipe

Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos

I‘ve had the good fortune to travel to Austin a couple of times in the last year or so, and it is always good fun. Like Portland, Milwaukee, or Brooklyn, it is a place where people understand that work is important, but having a beer and a bite with friends, listening to music, or just …

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