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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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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Poha (Flattened Rice) with Coconut and Cashews – Recipe

Poha with Coconut and Cashews

Poha is simply rice that has been flattened. It is a popular food in India, used in a whole range of dishes. In fact, I’d been eating it for years on thalis without really quite realizing what it was. It has become something of a minor obsession for me lately, because it cooks very quickly, …

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Asparagus With Nori Butter – Recipe

I’m in the middle of a two-week stage at Canlis, a terrific fine-dining restaurant in Seattle. [The stage is over now, and I’ve written a little about what I learned.] One of the many delicious items on Chef Franey’s menu is an asparagus with sauce gribiche. At Canlis we use much more classical French technique …

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How to Cut Mint Chiffonade (Tiny Ribbons) – Video

How to Cut Mint Chiffonade

I’m crazy about mint, though I’m a lot more likely to use it in savory dishes than add it superfluously to a dessert plate. It brings a fresh, slightly surprising element to dishes like Pappardelle with Eggplant Ragu or these Fava Beans with Potatoes and Saffron Rice.

Have you ever wondered how chefs make those neat, …

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Banana, Buttermilk and Brown Sugar Muffins (Triple B Muffins) – Recipe

Banana, Buttermilk and Brown Sugar Muffins

Bumble downstairs on a Saturday morning. Brew strong coffee. Look in fridge. See buttermilk left over from making Brown Butter Cornbread. Sounds like muffins to me.

Usually when I bake with bananas I either mash them or cube them and caramelize for extra flavor, but today I went a different route. If we have bananas that …

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