Recipe: Gougères – Cheesy Puffs of Goodness with Blue Cheese and Rosemary

Gougères with Blue Cheese and Rosemary

Goo what? Gougères, pronounced "goo-zherz". You make a simple choux paste (aka ) dough, mix in some cheese, and bake them. There is no chemical or yeast leavening, they rise from steam and the structure created from gluten and eggs. The same dough (minus the cheese) is used to make …

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Recipe: Pappardelle With Cauliflower and Zucchini

Pappardelle With Cauliflower and Zucchini

I find it fascinating how different types of Italian pasta seem to want different sauces. I don’t know how much of that is from their inherent properties or just repetitive association. I guess that is a nature vs. nurture question. Were these noodles born loving butter or did their momma teach …

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Asparagus and Tofu with Guilin Chili Sauce

I love to stir-fry asparagus. I most often serve it in a Chinese fermented black bean sauce. The slightly funky saltiness of the preserved beans seems to be a perfect complement to the sweet-bitter crispness of the vegetable.

I recently picked up my first jar of Guilin Chili Sauce, and as soon as I tasted …

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Recipe: Polenta With Asparagus And Olives

Polenta With Asparagus And Olives

This is a quick and easy meal you can throw together in 20 minutes if you have the ingredients in your pantry. The key is to use a polenta that is quick-cooking but not instant. The instant stuff has been parboiled and doesn’t taste too great.

My favorite is an organic …

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Recipe: Chewy Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes in life you just want a big, warm plate of chocolate-chip cookies, and sometimes you want oatmeal chocolate-chip. At least that’s what Sarina and her Mom tell me :).

I started with  this recipe from Panthera and applied my usual cookie tweaks (more salt, more chocolate, chill the dough) with good results. I …

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Recipe: Panko-Crusted Egg With Cherry Smoked Asparagus, Smoked Paprika, And Sherry Gastrique

Panko-Crusted Egg With Cherry Smoked Asparagus, Smoked Paprika, And Sherry Gastrique

This was the third course for my recent “underground” dinner party, and definitely my favorite. The panko-crusted egg was a late-night inspiration. I’ve been on a hunt for new ways to add crispy textures in unexpected places. The crunchy panko makes a really cool counterpoint …

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Recipe: Pickled Onions Make A Versatile Condiment

Adobo Tofu Taco with Pickled Onions

Pickled onions are one of my favorite condiments. I do this almost automatically if I find myself with half of an onion left on my cutting board from some other dish. It takes all of two minutes and then you have this little jar of tastiness waiting in your fridge …

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