Nuevo León Style Tamales, Adapted to be Vegetarian – Recipe

Tamales have got to be one of my favorite things to make and eat. Sure, they are a bit of a production. Traditionally, you would have a group of friends and family for a tamale party (tamalada), working together to make a happy assembly line (with plenty of cervezas). So far, I’ve mostly made them …

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Roasted Cauliflower and White Bean Salad with Orange Olive Oil Dressing – Recipe

Roasted cauliflower is a staple side-dish in my house. We all love that caramelized flavor. And because cauliflower keeps quite well in the refrigerator, it works well with our lifestyle. We don’t always know how many times in a given week we’re going to get to prepare a full meal.

Simply roasting the cauliflower with olive …

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When It All Goes Wrong – Making Your Food Pop Part 5

So I came home with some kumquats, and, in the mood to just play with a fun ingredient, set about creating an .  I never meant it to be part of this series, but that’s how it worked out.

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Salt
Acid
Fat
Crunch
A Telling Failure

If you aren’t familiar with them, an amuse is just what it sounds …

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Stringozzi (or linguini) con funghi – Simple pasta with mushrooms – Recipe

Stringozzi con funghi (pasta with mushrooms)

Living in Seattle, we get some of the best wild mushrooms in the country at our markets, often within hours of being foraged. The bounty of morels, chanterelles, porcini, maitake, and dozens of other varieties is astonishing. Sometimes I forget how delicious cultivated button mushrooms can be.

This bag of beautiful …

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Spare The Fat, Spoil The Flavor – Making Your Food Pop, Part 3

I’m not the first person to observe that Americans have a crazy, conflicted relationship to fat. We love it, and eat far more of it than probably just about any other country in the world. God knows we have the obesity epidemic to show for it. At the same time, we fear it mightily, speaking …

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Gorditas with Roasted Mushrooms – Recipe

Gorditas with Roasted Mushrooms

Gorditas: thick, delicious homemade corn tortillas that are shallow fried then split and topped with whatever moves you. Close cousins to the arepa and the pupusa.

I’m not going to kid you, gorditas are a bit of a project. You have to make and shape the dough, then toast them on a dry skillet first, then …

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Brussels Sprout Gratin – With Heretical Technique – Recipe

Brussels sprouts are such a trendy ingredient, and we've all learned how terrific they are roasted or sauteed at high heat until caramelized and nutty-tasting. Still, sometimes it is good to look back to a more traditional technique. Dare I say it: French technique. Enter the gratin.

A gratin is basically anything (usually a vegetable) baked …

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