Winter Green Dumplings in Shiitake Broth – Now Live At Cafe Flora

Winter Green Dumplings Shiitake Broth

Cafe Flora changes much of the menu seasonally, and every few months any of the employees can put up a dish for evaluation by the management team. I offered this dumpling entree and it just went on the menu a couple of nights ago. This is my first dish on a …

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100th Post Celebration

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Herbivoracious. When I started this blog, back in nineteen-ought-seven, my pal Burnsie, looking natty as always in his sateen knickers, offered me advice that every writer would do well to remember: "Just give the great unwashed a pair of oversized breasts and a happy ending, and they’ll ‘oink’ for …

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Carrot Love

We caught these romantic carrots in the act at Cafe Flora. I’m heartbroken to report that they were tragically separated and served with Portabella Wellingtons. Kind of a Romeo and Juliet story for the vegetable kingdom. Their love was never to be, but at least they had a last few minutes together on the prep …

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Brown Butter Cornbread – Video Recipe

Video Recipe for Brown Butter Cornbread

The brown butter cornbread recipe in my book is one I come back to over and over again, whenever a bowl of vegetarian chili or black bean soup is on the menu. The brown butter flavor somehow amplifies the taste of the corn. I use an easy trick that is popular in modernist kitchens for …

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Recipe: Pie Dough and Ganache Cookie Towers

Let’s consider the problem:

I have a bit of leftover flaky pie crust dough
I really want something chocolatey, but quick
I’m obsessed with circle cutters

Solution:

The cookies above. Recipe: Cut out pie dough with a successive series of cutters, starting at maybe 2.5 inches down to the smallest size you have. Bake til golden brown. Heat up a …

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Seattle Food Blogger Dinner (With Brief Review of Quinn’s Pub)

Tuesday night we had a gathering of a bunch of Seattle food bloggers at the relatively new Quinn’s Pub on Capitol Hill. I’d never met any of these folks before, so it was exciting for me to see everyone, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce you as well.

The night’s organizer was the …

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Recipe: Double Crust Mac and Cheese

Double Crust Mac and Cheese After Baking

Everyone knows that the best part of mac and cheese is the crunchy top, but it took Sally Schneider to do something about it. In The Improvisational Cook, Schneider makes the brilliant suggestion that you split your mac and cheese into two parts, baking half in …

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