Rye Piroshki with Roasted Onions, Caraway, and Swiss Cheese – Recipe

Rye Piroshky with Roasted Onions and Swiss Cheese

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Piroshki (not to be confused with pierogi) are individual yeast buns that are popular in Russia and all over Eastern Europe. They can be filled with anything from potatoes and cabbage to cottage cheese and jam. In Seattle, we …

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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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No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream – Experimental Recipe

I love my ice cream maker, but we have a problem. It is the type that doesn't have its own cooling system. Instead, you have to pre-freeze the bowl for 24 hours. I just don't have enough room to keep it in the freezer all the time, so in order to use it, I have …

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Basic Baked Custard Recipe – An Easy, Comforting Dessert with Many Options

Basic Baked Custard

A simple custard, baked in ramekins, is one of those recipes that every cook should have in their arsenal. It isn’t at all hard to make, but there are a few ways you can go wrong that leave you with grainy bowls of scrambled eggs instead of the silky-smooth result you are looking for. Follow the …

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The Missing Images

Persimmon Parsley Olive Salad

When I cook from a recipe, I love to see a photo so I know what target I’m aiming for. So I thought I should share with you photos for all of the dishes that didn’t get an image in the cookbook. Click on any photo to see it full size. Enjoy!

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King Oyster Mushroom with Roasted Cherries and Sage – No, That Isn’t Meat – Thought Process

King Oyster Mushroom with Roasted Cherries and Sage

I‘m often asked “where do you get your inspiration for the recipes?” I love this question because it gives me a chance to talk about all of the different places that ideas come from, but often in generalities. So today, I thought it might be interesting to focus on the specifics of how a particular …

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Swiss Chard with Garlic and Yogurt – Recipe

Swiss Chard with Garlic and Yogurt

Meze is the Mediterranean tradition of a meal made of several small plates. My family especially loves to eat meze-style in the summer, when no-one feels like heating up the kitchen or eating a heavy dinner. To make a nice meze, you can make a couple of items from scratch (maybe tabbouleh or this warm grape …

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