Thai Tofu Salad (Yam Taohu) – Recipe

 

Thai salads () are tremendously refreshing, full of the bright flavors of herbs, citrus and chili peppers, balanced with salt and sweetness from either fruit or palm sugar. They are great with a beer, or as part of a complete meal with rice and a curry or noodle dish.

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Eggplant in Kaffir-Lime Scented Coconut Milk Curry – Recipe

Today's dish is a coconut milk-based curry, with some, but not all of the same ingredients you would find in a typical Thai green curry. I planned to serve it with two other quite spicy dishes (stay tuned, or join our new Facebook fan page for a hint), so I wanted this dish to be …

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Portland Pod People – A Food Cart Revolution

I’ve written previously about how Seattle is experiencing a resurgence of food carts. They have taken our culinary scene by storm, cooking up everything from Korean-Hawaiian tacos to poutine. What I didn’t understand until now is that comparing our food cart scene with Portland’s is like comparing a takeover of the middle-school student council with …

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Chard with Berbere – A Simple & Spicy Ethiopian-Style Side Dish – Recipe

 

Berbere, the quintessential Ethiopian spice mixture, is great to have in your pantry, because it can add complex spice and heat to any basic preparation of vegetables. Depending on the cook, in addition to the chiles it is likely to have ginger, cloves, coriander, allspice, and less familiar flavors like long pepper, ajwain, …

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Mesir Wat – Ethiopian Red Lentils – Recipe

I’ve loved Ethiopian food for years. The cuisine is very vegetarian friendly, with many dishes based on lentils, and various vegetable stews, all served with copious quantities of injera – a delicious, slightly sour and spongy flatbread which serves as both plate and eating utensil.

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Hummus Showdown – Abu Shukri vs. Taami

Hummus with Chickpeas and Falafel at Taami in Jerusalem

One of my very favorite days on our recent trip to Israel was the day that Sarina and I had stupendous hummus for a late breakfast and equally astounding hummus for lunch. In the morning we visited the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and …

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Things That Go Crunch In The Night – Making Your Food Pop, Part 4

– Chef Michel Richard, Happy in the Kitchen

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Salt
Acid
Fat
Crunch
A Telling Failure

I couldn’t agree more with Chef Richard. Properly crispy latkes, the well-browned cheese atop lasagna, a simple but crispy corn quesadilla, or good homemade breadcrumbs on a rich gratin are great favorites of mine.

And in contrast to those dry, shattering crunchy bits, there …

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