Pear-Caramel Ice Cream from The Perfect Scoop (by David Lebovitz) – Recipe and Cookbook Review

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Pear-caramel ice cream from

I bought The Perfect Scoop, only a few months after I started blogging, back in the fall of 2007. David Lebovitz was already well established as a food blogger, living in Paris. The idea that …

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Buckwheat-Buttermilk Pancakes – Recipe

Buckwheat pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes have a place in the American imagination, but rarely at the breakfast table. When you do occasionally find them at restaurants, the percentage of buckwheat flour is so low that you can hardly taste it. Which is a shame, because the warm, toasty, nutty flavor is delicious.

Buckwheat is widely enjoyed in other …

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A Few Of My Favorite Food Blogs, Part 1

The community of food bloggers is quite amazing. We’ve got professionals taking a break from their speed racks, newbies making their first stir-fry, vegans and carnivores, molecular gastronomists and hardcore traditionalists. I thought I’d start out the new year by sharing a few of the food blogs that I regularly read, whether it is for …

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Savory Churros and Morel “Hot Chocolate” – Recipe plus an Invite To Dinner

This is one of the dishes I’m working on for my next “underground” dinner party. Cafe Flora (where I previously interned) has graciously agreed to host this time. The menu I’m working on will be Spanish, with both traditional and modern elements. (If you are interested in attending the dinner on Tue. 1/27, there might …

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Jalapeno-Sorghum Butter – Recipe

Last weekend I was making a traditional Southern meal of collard greens, fried green tomatoes and red beans and rice, and I thought maybe I could use one item of flair to embellish it. My favorite brown butter cornbread fit the bill. Normally I like cornbread very pure, but this time I thought I'd gild …

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Can a Vegetarian Eat at Pike Street Fish Fry? Restaurant Review – Seattle, WA

Pike Street Fish Fry is the brainchild of Michael Hebb, most known in Seattle for his celebrated series of  One Pot underground dinners, and chef Monica Dimas, formerly of Le Pichet and Campagne. The Fish Fry opened to a lot of attention in April of '08, garnering notices in Food & Wine and Gourmet as …

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Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta Filling for a Crowd, using No-Boil Noodles

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta Filling

Vegetarian lasagna (aka veggie lasagna) might be a bit of a cliche, but everyone loves it, and it has the great advantages that you can do it ahead for a crowd, and it finishes in the oven, so you can concentrate on your guests.

I make mine without a …

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