Red Lentil and Kabocha Squash Soup with Harissa Oil – Sneak Peek Recipe From The Cookbook

Red Lentil and Kabocha Squash Soup with Harissa Oil

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This is a great soup to serve when there are kids at the table, because it is quite mild if you leave the harissa oil off their portions. With the garnish, the flavors come alive, and you’ll want to …

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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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Sopes with Plantain, Zucchini and Two Sauces – Recipe

Sopes with Plantains and Two Sauces

In Mexico, there are a whole class of dishes called that are generally thought of as street food, though they may also be offered in smaller sizes as appetizers at restaurants. Most (all?) antojitos include a corn masa component, which may be thick or thin, topped, rolled or stuff, baked or fried, and can include …

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Tteokbokki – Spicy Korean Rice Cake Stew

Dduk Boki

Tteok (also transliterated as ddeok, duk, dduk and so forth) is a type of Korean rice cake that you can buy frozen at any Korean grocer or better general Asian grocers. The two most common shapes you will find are flat ovals, and cylinders about 1/4″ in diameter. You can see a package of the …

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Saag with Collard Greens, Kale and Spinach – Recipe

Saag with Collards and Kale (Indian style long-cooked greens)

It is a depressing fact that 99% of Indian restaurants in America serve the same darn 10 items. Which is a crying shame because there must be 10,000 other terrific dishes that you’ll only get to try if you make them yourself (or have an Indian friend that wants to hook you up with the …

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Kala Chana (Black Chickpea Curry) – A Guest Post from Amee of Rabbit Food Rocks

Kala Chana (Curried Black Chickpeas)

When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I’d ask mom what’s for dinner, and she would reply “rotli, daal, bhath, shaak” (which translates to the mundane Indian weeknight meal of “flatbread, lentil soup, rice, and side vegetable”). Sounds interesting or exotic to others, but this is actually quite dreadful to the Indian-American kid. …

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Kasha Pilaf with Dates, Pistachios and Baharat – Recipe

Kasha Pilaf with Baharat, Dates and Pistachios

I originally made this pilaf to stuff in cabbage rolls, inspired by this lovely post from Give Recipe. My version of the stuffed cabbage was good, but the sauce I came up with didn’t knock it out of the park for me. The pilaf, on the other hand, I just loved. I made way too …

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