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The Wrath of Grapes; Grape Expectations; You Ungrapeful Bastard

Never stop playing with your food! This is one of my favorite kitchen creativity games. Take a single ingredient, and cut it as many ways as you can think of, then observe the way the cuts and textures change your perception. Then take it a step further and let those new perceptions suggest simple flavor …

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Black Bean Soup Recipe – With Mild and Intense Variations

 

Years ago I used to make a (supposedly Cuban) black bean soup that included a fair amount of orange juice. I have no idea how authentic that is; I think the recipe came from the Moosewood cookbook so it may well have been hippified. As far as I can remember, it tasted pretty good.

I …

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The Joy of a Proper Spatula

LamsonSharp Slotted Turner

Most spatulas suck.

This spatula, from LamsonSharp, emphatically does not suck.

It has a thin leading edge, so it slips right under your food without mauling it or ruining the crust. It is strong and flexible. It has nice, wide slots that allow oil or sauces to remain behind in the pan. It has a nice curve …

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Caramelized Caulifower Frittata – Recipe

  Caramelized Cauliflower Frittata

Cauliflower has a split personality. Boiled or steamed, it is kind of cabbagey, bland and slightly bitter. But roasted or sauteed until it has lots of dark brown caramelized spots all over, it becomes luscious and savory and altogether craveable. Deep fried, it is so good that my wife and I …

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Arroz a la Mexicana (aka Arroz Mexicano, Arroz Rojo, Spanish Rice) – Mexican Tomato Rice – Recipe

Arroz a la Mexicana (also known as Arroz Mexicano or Arroz Rojo) is the tomato-flavored rice that is commonly served with just about every Mexican meal in this country, and quite frequently in Mexico as well. It is also known as Spanish Rice, though I suspect that is more of a 1950s era American misnomer.

I …

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Vegetarian Ceviche – Recipe

Vegetarian ceviche

Traditional ceviche is raw or lightly cooked fish and shellfish, marinated in citrus juices. Variations of it are served throughout Latin America. Each country has its own special twists on the ingredients, sauce, or crispy accompaniments.

Obviously it isn't the same thing, but you can absolutely make a vegetarian dish that capitalizes on …

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Aji Amarillo Hot Sauce (from Peruvian Chile Peppers) – Recipe

I was unfamiliar with Aji Amarillo chile peppers, but when I saw these beautiful specimens from Terra Dolce at our co-cop, I was entranced and knew immediately they would be coming home with me. Searching the web, I learned that they are one of the most important ingredients in Peruvian cuisine. The fresh pepper is …

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