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Chopped Salad – Revisiting A Classic Recipe

Chopped salad is just exactly what it sounds like: a salad whose ingredients have all been cut down to a fairly uniform size, around 1/2" cubes. It works well as a side dish and it shines as one of the all time great entree salads when you want a lighter meal. It is easy to …

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Avocado, Grapefruit, Mango, Yuzu, Cilantro

Apparently these are among my favorite ingredients for late-night culinary experiments, probably because there is so much that can be done with them raw. By playing with different cuts, you can achieve suprising and pleasing textures. The flavors are so automatically compatible, it is hard to do anything wrong. 

This would work great as an appetizer …

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Gomashio – Japanese Sesame Seed and Salt Condiment – Recipe

 

I first learned about gomashio when my Mom was on a macrobiotic diet. The diet never stuck with me, but gomashio is simple and delicious whether or not it has any special healing powers.

What is gomashio (also spelled gomasio)? Simply toasted unhulled sesame seeds ground with sea salt in about a 10:1 …

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Pupusas De Queso – Salvadoran Cheese-Filled Tortillas – Recipe

Pupusas are El Salvador’s best known national delicacy. The concept is simple, just corn masa with a savory filling and flattened into a thick disc, then baked on a lightly-greased griddle or in a cast-iron skillet. Essentially like a quesadilla, though there is something different about the taste when the filling is cooked at the …

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Chermoula – The Most Delicious Sauce You’ve Never Tasted – Recipe

I hereby nominate chermoula as the “it” sauce for 2010. (I’m pretty sure last year it was chimichurri, and of course we all remember the pesto riots of 1986, and aioli threatening to flood Central Park in 2001.)

Chermoula is typically used as a marinade for fish in its North African home territory, but it …

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Spicy Mango Salad with Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese Spice Mixture) – Recipe

The seasoning for this mango salad was inspired by (or the very similar ), a spicy Japanese condiment of ground chili peppers with orange peel, sesame seed and other spices. I’ve always bought premade togarashi, but then it occurred to me that I could make my own for more control and fresher flavor.

I’ve …

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Dragonfruit, Dragon Fruit, Is That A Pitaya In Your Pocket?

… or are you just glad to see me? I’m glad to have made the acquaintance of this tropical fruit, known also as a Strawberry Pear, Nanettikafruit, Thanh Long, as well as the more common names of Dragonfruit (or Dragon Fruit), and Pitaya. Apparently it comes in several varieties and can be grown in many …

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