Mandu – Korean-Style Potstickers with Ssamjang / Kochujang Sauce – Recipe

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I never grow tired of potstickers, but I thought it might be time to branch out from my standard recipe. My friend Hsiao-Ching had told me about about a sauce from the Momofuku cookbook involving kochujang, ssamjang (two standard Korean …

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Braised Baby Artichokes with Fennel and Cherry Tomatoes – Recipe

Baby artichokes love, love, love to be braised. It gives them the opportunity to develop multiple levels of flavor: the browned flavors from an initial sear, the mellow sweetness of the tender artichoke heart, and slow infusion with aromatics. 

Artichokes are mostly associated with Mediterranean flavors, and I didn't see any reason to swim against that …

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Interview with Mark Bitterman, Leading Expert on Culinary Salts

 

I've been fascinated with the wide variety of salts available for cooking and especially finishing your dishes for years. After I wrote about the importance of salt, I learned of The Meadow, a shop in Portland, Oregon that carries a large and beautifully curated selection. I visited their brick & mortar store …

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Spicy and Seedy Indian Potatoes – Recipe

 

Indian food as served in American restaurants is so driven by saucy curries that we miss out on all of the delicious dry-fried spicy vegetables. This version below, with potatoes, might not be precisely traditional in either flavors or technique, but it is delicious and you could easily serve it with any Indian …

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Crisp Polenta Cakes with Braised Cabbage and Beans – Recipe

Cabbage doesn’t get enough respect in America. True, if it is boiled to death, it produces some of the worst sulfurous smells imaginable. I lived upstairs from the craziest, meanest, nicest old woman in Milwaukee (RIP, Angie!), and you could tell when she was cooking cabbage from a mile away. But braised with a …

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How to Plan a Vegetarian Meal by Answering Three Easy Questions

As a vegetarian, one of the things I hear all the time is “I’d like to eat less meat, but I just don’t know how to plan a vegetarian meal.” Without the familiar routine of building a plate with meat at the center, many perfectly competent cooks find themselves at a loss for how to make …

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Rings Of Saturn On Challah French Toast

“Rings of Saturn” – Saturn peach with French Toast

I recently learned that donut peaches and Saturn peaches are the same thing. I picked up some beautiful specimens at Central Market the other day, perfectly ripe and sweet. They lack the acid backbone of most other varieties. Pure, addictive, three-bite candy.

Of course those names got me …

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