Corn Nut Butter – Recipe Work in Progress

Corn Nut Butter

Yep. Corn Nuts, ground up into a “nut” butter.

I’ve had freeze-dried corn ground into powder many times, and I know Christina Tosi uses that to make her famous corn cookies. I was in Chicago yesterday to do a taping at WGN, and managed to get a drink at Grant Achatz’ The Aviary. One of the …

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Orecchiette with Garlic Scapes, Ricotta, and Gremolata – Recipe

Orecchiette with Garlic Scapes, Ricotta, and Gremolata

Unlike tender green garlic, garlic scapes are the firmer central flowering stem of the garlic plant. When fully cooked, they have a texture similar to asparagus, and a sweet flavor like slow-roasted garlic. In the past I’ve made the mistake of not trimming off enough of the hardest part and/or not cooking them fully, and …

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Apple Crostata with Breadcrumb Streusel – Recipe for #pieday

Apple Crostata with Breadcrumb Streusel

I love pie as much as the next person, but often I can’t be bothered with the decorative aspect of making a nicely crimped edge, latticework, etc. (Where by “can’t be bothered” I mean “I’m completely incompetent at”.) That’s where crostata comes in. It is fussless pie, made on a baking sheet instead of in …

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Ginger and Black Pepper Rice Pilaf – Recipe

Ginger and Black Pepper Basmati Rice

Flavoring your basmati rice is an easy way to add variety to an Indian menu. The possibilities are endless. Today’s version, with ample quantities of grated ginger root and freshly ground pepper is one of my favorites.

You don’t need a special ginger grating tool. Just use the same microplane you already use for cheese, chocolate …

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Sugar High Friday – Mysterious Cupcakes

When I heard that Fanny was hosting Sugar High Friday and devoting it to cupcakes, I knew  immediately that I’d participate. I first met Fanny when she commented on these Caramelized Pear Cupcakes with Blue Cheese Frosting that I published only a few weeks after I started this blog and we’ve been pals ever …

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Saffron Chickpea Stew with Grilled Porcini Mushrooms – Recipe

Grilled Porcini with Chickpea Stew

First of all, let me say that this stew is well worth making even if you can’t find fresh porcini mushrooms. I can only get them in Seattle for a few weeks a year, and they are quite expensive. You could serve the same stew with morels or crimini mushrooms (either of which you would …

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Green Garlic and Mint Potato Salad – Recipe

Green Garlic and Mint Potato Salad

Green garlic is one of those wonderful farmer’s market ingredients. At least in my neck of the woods, you don’t often see it at grocery stores, but it is as at every market in the early summer months, where it overlaps with last year’s storage potatoes. Green garlic is simply the shoot of an immature …

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