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Crackers and Dips: More than Fifty Homemade Snacks – Cookbook Review

Crackers and Dips - Ivy Manning

There is much to be said for a good single-subject cookbook. As much as I value my collection of general cookbooks, I probably reach for the more specific tomes more than any other, because I know they will have both the recipes and inspiration I’m looking for, and more importantly, the detailed techniques I’m going …

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Vietnamese Salad Rolls (Gỏi cuốn) – Recipe

Vietnamese Salad Rolls Gỏi cuốn

I‘ve always loved Vietnamese Salad rolls (gỏi cuốn), and I’ve been making them off and on for decades, so I don’t know why I haven’t shared them with you guys before. If you haven’t had them, they are cool and refreshing, with a tender but slightly chewy rice paper wrapper surrounding thin rice noodles, lettuce, …

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Sunflower Butter Cookies – Recipe

Sunflower Butter Cookies

My wife, Sarina, is severely allergic to both peanuts and every kind of tree nut. Like, epipen and straight to the hospital allergic. This meant that she has never tasted a peanut butter cookie, and neither have my kids. It seemed to me that this was a grave injustice that needed to be rectified.

We long …

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Sesame-Flax Soda Bread – Recipe

Sesame-Flax Soda Bread

Now I know this title might sound like the worst hippie food I’ve ever posted, but hear me out – because you could be having fresh, delicious bread on your dinner table tonight with about 10 minutes of work.

I’m no whole-grain obsessive. In fact, I love white flour. Whole-grain breads have a coarser texture and …

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Sephardic Bikur Holim Bazaar – A Delicious Link to the Past

Repulgo - Pleating the Edge of a Travatho

I‘m Jewish, from the Ashkenazi tradition – the group you probably associate with Judaism, emanating from Eastern Europe. When you think of bagels and latkes and schmalz, you are thinking of Ashkenazi. The other major group of jews, called Sephardic, are from Southern Europe and North Africa. As I’ve mentioned before, I had the great …

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Rye Piroshki with Roasted Onions, Caraway, and Swiss Cheese – Recipe

Rye Piroshky with Roasted Onions and Swiss Cheese

Piroshki (not to be confused with pierogi) are individual yeast buns that are popular in Russia and all over Eastern Europe. They can be filled with anything from potatoes and cabbage to cottage cheese and jam. In Seattle, we have a shop called Piroshky Piroshky that does a really nice job with them. I used …

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Apple Crostata with Breadcrumb Streusel – Recipe for #pieday

Apple Crostata with Breadcrumb Streusel

I love pie as much as the next person, but often I can’t be bothered with the decorative aspect of making a nicely crimped edge, latticework, etc. (Where by “can’t be bothered” I mean “I’m completely incompetent at”.) That’s where crostata comes in. It is fussless pie, made on a baking sheet instead of in …

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