Persimmon, Parsley and Olive Salad – Recipe

Salad of parsley, persimmon and black olives

Persimmons are excellent right now. I was casting about for something refreshing and vaguely Spanish to serve with this rich dish of fideos, and hit on the idea of using persimmons in a salad that I usually make with blood oranges later in the winter.

The two common varieties …

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Ilan’s Top Chef Fideos, Vegetarian Style – With A Review Of The Top Chef Cookbook

Ilan Hall's Top Chef Fideos

I'm an avid fan of Top Chef. Our family has a standing date to watch it on TiVO every week. Of the cooking reality shows (Next Food Network Star, Hell's Kitchen and so on), it is the only one that features people who can really cook, and spends most of the …

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Paella Cakes with Manchego and Candied Seville Orange Peel – Recipe

Paella Cakes with Manchego and Candied Seville Orange Peel

I made these paella cakes as the vegetarian entree for our big family Thanksgiving, and they were… fine. They didn’t hold up so well to reheating, and I didn’t have all of the flavor components in place. I had some of the rice left at home and …

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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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Bruschetta With Chanterelles and Brie

Chanterelle and Brie Bruschetta

My last few forays with chanterelle mushrooms have combined them with other big flavors. For this appetizer, I wanted to highlight the delicious, earthy, sweet, complex fungii themselves, adding mainly just some melted brie for richness. This would make a rather decadent appetizer to pass at a holiday party, preferably with an …

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Capsule Restaurant Reviews – Mainly In Seattle

For those of you in the Seattle area (or visitors to our fair city), I've started a page of capsule restaurant reviews. There is always a link over in the Categories side of the lefthand sidebar. I'll still put full reviews with photos in the main section of the blog, but if I just dash …

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Grapefruit Crudo – Recipe

Grapefruit crudo, avocado, chervil and capers – this isn’t tuna!

I was goofing around with cutting citrus fruits into cubes the other day, and the red grapefruit looked so much like tuna. Not that I eat tuna, but of course I see other people eat it at sushi restaurants. I tried slicing it vertically into slabs …

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