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Shaved Summer Squash Composed Salad – Recipe

What if you picked the very best things from the last of your garden, or the farmer's market, and just barely manipulated them?

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy produce at its peak. I thinly shaved the summer squash, cucumber and Parmigiano-Reggiano with a vegetable peeler, quickly blanched the carrots so their texture …

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Recipe: Vegetarian Urad Dal Patties (Vada) with Black Pepper

Urad Dal Patties (Vada) with Black Pepper

Vada (also spelled Bada) are a species of Indian fritter or cake made with various types of lentils (dals). This particular dish is made with urad dal, which is readily available at any Indian market. While you are there, stock up on chana dal, toor dal, moong dal and …

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Enfrijoladas de Espinaca – Tortillas with Spinach in Black Bean Sauce – Recipe

This is my entry for the second Everyday Chef Challenge. Pacific Natural Foods invited me and four other bloggers to participate, and this time we were to use one of their creamy soups, and spinach.

After you check out this post, please jump over to their site and vote! It takes just a few seconds; …

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Compressed Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad with Shiso Infused Sake – Two Modern Techniques You Can Easily Use in a Home Kitchen – Recipe

Dave Arnold from the French Culinary Institute recently invented a technique for infusing just about anything (herbs, vegetables, chocolate, …) into booze, water or oil, using nothing fancier than a cream whipper. It is a genius idea because it takes two minutes, requires no special culinary talent, and produces beautifully clear, fresh, brightly flavored results.

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Island Style Sweet and Spicy Cabbage – Recipe

More than 20 years ago, I lived in an odd little shared house in Oakland, and one of the other renters was a guy named John, from one of the Caribbean islands. Sad to say, I can't recall which island (possibly Barbados?), but I do remember that he moonlighted in a steel drum band, and …

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Ethiopian Ful Medames – Fava Beans with Berbere and Tasty Garnishes – Recipe

Ful medames (pronounced fool mehdahmez) is one of my favorite foods. A big bowl of fava beans with lots of olive oil and garlic, it is eaten throughout the Middle East, mopping up with fresh pita. Filling, inexpensive, and nutritious. So imagine my joy a few years ago when I found out that one of …

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Tomato Jam With Rosemary and Saffron – Recipe

Tomato jam. Sounds kind of funny, right? But then when you think about it, a tomato is a fruit after all. Cook them down with sugar and seasonings and you get a piquant jam, though you might think of it more as a chutney.

Whatever you call it, this tomato jam is amazing on a grilled …

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