Black Rice Fritters with Turnips and Horseradish Cream – Recipe

Black Rice Cakes with Roasted Turnips and Horseradish Cream

Although black rice is an Asian ingredient, I think it reminded me in some oblique way of pumpernickel, which inspired me to deploy a favorite set of Eastern European flavors: caraway, horseradish, mustard. Those are a natural fit with the baby turnips I’d brought home from the farmer’s market.

I make lots of little pan fried …

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Red Rice and Avocado with Crispy Burdock Chips – Recipe

Red Rice and Avocado Terrine

Here’s another dish I made with those amazing Reed avocados from ChefShop. It looks a little bit fancy, but is very easy to do – just layers of red rice, avocado, shaved red pepper, baby lettuces, burdock chips, and gomashio, flavored with a sesame/miso/yuzu dressing.

Burdock root is a popular vegetable in Japanese and Korean cuisine. …

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Fair Trade Month – And A Fair Trade Gift Box Giveaway

Fair Trade Giveaway

Fair trade is the idea of marketing products with a primary goal of improving the lives of the those who grow (and sometimes process) the raw materials. I knew that it involved paying ethical, above-market prices for the food, instead of pressuring poor communities to produce food as cheaply as possible.  I didn’t realize the …

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Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa – Recipe

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Many years ago. Gulp. More than two decades ago, when I lived in the Bay Area, I would visit friends in the Mission District of San Francisco and inevitably eat at one of the great neighborhood taquerias. Many of them keep little jars of an avocado-based salsa on the tables, to add a little creamy …

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The Joy of a Proper Spatula

LamsonSharp Slotted Turner

Most spatulas suck.

This spatula, from LamsonSharp, emphatically does not suck.

It has a thin leading edge, so it slips right under your food without mauling it or ruining the crust. It is strong and flexible. It has nice, wide slots that allow oil or sauces to remain behind in the pan. It has a nice curve …

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Wacky Chana Chaat – Spicy Chickpea Snack – Recipe

Wacky Chaat

Chaat is a whole family of amazing snack foods from India that are served by street vendors and informal restaurants. Chaat can be anything from aloo tiki (potato fritters – there’s a recipe in my book) to pani puri (little crispy hollow crackers that you poke a hole in, fill with a potato and chickpea …

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Quickie Amba (Pickled Mango Condiment) – Recipe

Quickie Amba Pickled Mango Condiment

A few weeks ago, I visited Shauna and Dan on Vashon to shoot a video about the sabich recipe in my cookbook. Sabich is an absurdly delicious Iraqi-Jewish eggplant sandwich with fried eggplant, Israeli salad, hummus, tahina, hardboiled egg, cucumber pickle, and amba. Since those guys are gluten-free, we ate it as a salad instead, which I …

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