Blueberry Buckle – Video Recipe

Raspberry Blueberry Buckle

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I‘ve written about buckles a couple of times in this space: the original raspberry-blueberry buckle that got me started making them, and a peach and sour cream variation that I made on vacation in hot, hot eastern Washington last …

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Kinoko Gohan (Japanese Mushroom Rice) – Recipe

Kinoko Gohan (Japanese Mushroom Rice)

Kinoko Gohan is classic, soothing Japanese comfort food. It has strong associations as a fall dish, but the typical mushrooms used in it are mostly cultivated and therefore available year round. Of course if you have access to seasonal, wild harvested maitake or matsutake, for example, then you’ll be making something truly special.

One way to …

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Maple Pudding with Spiced Pecans – Video Recipe

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I‘m a big fan of making pudding at home. It really is only slightly more work than using the stuff from a box, and you are rewarded with a wider choice in flavors and the ability to use higher quality ingredients. This maple-flavored version is a nice change of pace, and you can make the …

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So You Want to Stage (Intern) at a Restaurant

So… you are a middle manager in charge of filing reports in triplicate, but you are a good home cook, watch Top Chef and read Lucky Peach, and secretly fantasize about giving up your day job to work in a kitchen. You probably know enough to know that the restaurant world has a place for …

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Book Tour Update – With Pictures!

Cooking at CHOW

I’m in the middle of a two week swing around the country to introduce my cookbook. It has been just an incredible trip so far. In the past week I’ve been to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, DC, and now I’ve just landed in Boston and already done one signing. Everyone has been so kind …

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Polenta with Peperonata – Recipe

Polenta with Pepperonata

Peperonata is one of the most luscious things you can make from humble ingredients. First you slowly roast bell peppers, then stew them with sofrito and onions until you’ve got a meltingly rich sauce that goes anywhere from antipasto to panini, and it is phenomenal over polenta.

If you aren’t familiar with sofrito, it is simply …

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Brown Butter Cornbread – Video Recipe

Video Recipe for Brown Butter Cornbread

The brown butter cornbread recipe in my book is one I come back to over and over again, whenever a bowl of vegetarian chili or black bean soup is on the menu. The brown butter flavor somehow amplifies the taste of the corn. I use an easy trick that is popular in modernist kitchens for …

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