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Bocoles (Masa and Black Bean Cakes) with Spicy Yams – Recipe

 

Bocoloes are little pan-fried cake of masa and mashed black beans, typically served as an (appetizer). I learned about them from Diana Kennedy's magnificient My Mexico and thought that I could replace the pork filling with yams, increase the portion, and make an unusual and delicious vegetarian entree.

The cakes came out great; they …

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Homemade Guacamole – Now That Was Easy – Recipe

I’ve never understood why people buy pre-made guacamole. The store-bought stuff ranges from barely ok to green glue. The real thing takes all of five minutes to make and tastes spectacular. I’ll show you how. I usually make a four-avocado batch and it is just enough to satisfy four adults and a couple of munchkins, …

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Chocolate-Chunk Bread Pudding – Recipe

Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

I love to make sweet bread puddings with leftover challah or brioche, because they are already rich. Today’s version is filled with molten chunks of bittersweet chocolate. Let’s just say I find myself eating less challah on Friday night because I’m hoping there will be enough left to make this for dessert the next day.

The …

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Kinoko Gohan (Japanese Mushroom Rice) – Recipe

Kinoko Gohan (Japanese Mushroom Rice)

Kinoko Gohan is classic, soothing Japanese comfort food. It has strong associations as a fall dish, but the typical mushrooms used in it are mostly cultivated and therefore available year round. Of course if you have access to seasonal, wild harvested maitake or matsutake, for example, then you’ll be making something truly special.

One way to …

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Vegetarian Minestrone – Recipe

 

Homemade minestrone has got to be one of the best rainy day foods in the world. Living in Seattle we've got ample opportunity to test that theory. It is certainly miles beyond the canned version. Add a glass of wine and a couple of big garlicky croutons to soak up the broth, maybe a salad, …

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Vietnamese Vermicelli (Bun) with Ginger-Grapefruit Sauce – Recipe

Bun (pronounced, roughly, boon), when well made, is just about one of the greatest foods ever invented. Super-thin Vietnamese rice noodles are topped with a variety of cooked and fresh ingredients, lots of herbs, and a sweet and savory sauce to make a light, healthy and superbly delicious meal-in-a-bowl. Salad and entree in one package.

I'll …

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Summer Squash and Portobello Mushroom Vegetarian Lasagna – Recipe

My previous spinach and ricotta vegetarian lasagna recipe has consistently been one of the most popular on the site, so I thought I’d share another variation with you. This versions adds layers of thinly sliced summer squash (or zucchini) and portobello (aka portabella, portabello) mushrooms.

The key to making this lasagna great is that both vegetables …

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