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Crispy Soba Noodle Pancakes with Scallions and Gochujang – Recipe

Last week I asked my friends "Tell the truth: isn't crispy the best part of any dish?", and got impassioned responses, ranging from "Of course. Crispy is carmelized", to  "Not if it's a gummy bear…" . For me, it is all about the crunch and those toasty flavors. So when I found I had lots …

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Boyikos (aka Boyos de Queso) – Sephardic Style Cheese Biscuits – The Greatest Snack with a Martini Ever – Recipe

Boyikos in their natural habitat

Savory, crispy, flaky, cheesy. Boyikos are little cheese biscuits or crackers that every good Sephardic grandmother makes. You should learn how too, because they are quick and easy, and I don’t think a Martini ever had a better companion. Bring these to a potluck and I bet you come home with …

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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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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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The Missing Images

Persimmon Parsley Olive Salad

When I cook from a recipe, I love to see a photo so I know what target I’m aiming for. So I thought I should share with you photos for all of the dishes that didn’t get an image in the cookbook. Click on any photo to see it full size. Enjoy!

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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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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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