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Grilled Eggplant with Arrabiata Fresca – Recipe

In the course of planning an Italian-oriented meal, it occurred to me that an arrabiata sauce has mostly the same ingredients that you would associate with a fresh Mexican-style salsa. Traditional arrabiata contains onion, garlic, tomatoes and fresh chili peppers. "Arrabiata" means "angry", referring to the heat from the chilis.

So it might be a bit …

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Cherry / Tomato

Just goofing off… what happens if you glue a cherry tomato to a cherry? In this case a Sun Gold tomato and a Rainier cherry. I tried to use an LM Pectin solution and plastic wrap to create the bond, and it only worked so-so, it wasn't as seamless or strong as I would have …

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Arancini Di Riso – Deep-Fried Risotto Balls – Recipe

Arancini. "Little oranges". Only these guys aren't quite so healthy as a piece of citrus. They are actually balls of risotto, stuffed with molten cheese, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried. What. Is. Not. To. Like?

Apparently in Sicily, where they originate, they can be filled with all sorts of things ranging from a slow-cooked …

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Butterscotch Pudding with Bittersweet Ganache and Caramelized White Chocolate Crispies – Recipe

Butterscotch Pudding with Chocolate Ganache and Caramelized White Chocolate Crispies

Okay, I’m not going to kid you. This pudding is over the top, and it is also a significant amount of work and mess if you make all 3 components. It is also ridiculously delicious. If you want to simplify it, you could skip the crispies or not caramelize the white chocolate used to make …

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Zucchini Carpaccio – Recipe


The general idea for this lightly cooked zucchini carpaccio came from Paul Bertolli's magnificient Cooking by Hand, which I've reviewed here. I was looking for a something fresh and summery to balance out an Italian menu. It makes an attractive and refreshing alternative to a typical salad. Do it when you have perfect, fresh from …

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Cheese Battered Onion Rings and Stout Chocolate Malt – Recipe

I don't eat onion rings nearly enough, considering how much I love them. I guess I'm eating in the wrong restaurants. In fact I think maybe onion rings could be the next big 15 minute trend in fine dining (unless I already missed that one while I was cooking my Cheerios sous vide).

Anyhow, I …

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Chevre with Sauteed Grapes and Fresh Herbs – Recipe

Chevre with Sauteed Grapes and Fresh Herbs

I love this appetizer because it comes together in minutes, tastes amazing, and the sauteed grapes provide an element of surprise and pleasure. It is a riff on a popular dish from Seattle's Osteria La Spiga, where they do it with Toma cheese wrapped in grape leaves. …

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