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Celery and Fennel Salad – Recipe

Compressed Celery Salad

So… something completely unexpected and exciting happened: the Herbivoracious cookbook was named a finalist for a James Beard Foundation book award, in the Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian category. I’ll be going to the awards ceremony in New York on May 3rd. Honestly, while winning would be a thrill, I’m mostly just delighted to be included, …

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Corned Beets – Recipe

Beets Cooked Pastrami Style

Corned beets. It started out more as a pun then anything else, but I figured beets cooked with the spices typically associated with corned beef would be good. Then I tried an iteration with the ChefSteps House Rub 01 and that was also fantastic.

In any case, it is the texture that makes these beets delightful. They …

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Shiitake Congee – And A Challenge!

Sous Vide Shiitake Congee

In the next paragraph, I’m going to use a potentially scary word. After all, it is French, and it also might make you think you are going to need expensive new kitchen gear to do it (you won’t). Please remain calm, because as you’ll see, I need your help.

And that word is: . (Fine, it …

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King Oyster Mushroom with Roasted Cherries and Sage – No, That Isn’t Meat – Thought Process

King Oyster Mushroom with Roasted Cherries and Sage

I‘m often asked “where do you get your inspiration for the recipes?” I love this question because it gives me a chance to talk about all of the different places that ideas come from, but often in generalities. So today, I thought it might be interesting to focus on the specifics of how a particular …

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Corn Nut Butter – Recipe Work in Progress

Corn Nut Butter

Yep. Corn Nuts, ground up into a “nut” butter.

I’ve had freeze-dried corn ground into powder many times, and I know Christina Tosi uses that to make her famous corn cookies. I was in Chicago yesterday to do a taping at WGN, and managed to get a drink at Grant Achatz’ The Aviary. One of the …

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Orecchiette with Garlic Scapes, Ricotta, and Gremolata – Recipe

Orecchiette with Garlic Scapes, Ricotta, and Gremolata

Unlike tender green garlic, garlic scapes are the firmer central flowering stem of the garlic plant. When fully cooked, they have a texture similar to asparagus, and a sweet flavor like slow-roasted garlic. In the past I’ve made the mistake of not trimming off enough of the hardest part and/or not cooking them fully, and …

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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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