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Tteokbokki – Spicy Korean Rice Cake Stew

Dduk Boki

Tteok (also transliterated as ddeok, duk, dduk and so forth) is a type of Korean rice cake that you can buy frozen at any Korean grocer or better general Asian grocers. The two most common shapes you will find are flat ovals, and cylinders about 1/4″ in diameter. You can see a package of the …

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Kala Chana (Black Chickpea Curry) – A Guest Post from Amee of Rabbit Food Rocks

Kala Chana (Curried Black Chickpeas)

When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I’d ask mom what’s for dinner, and she would reply “rotli, daal, bhath, shaak” (which translates to the mundane Indian weeknight meal of “flatbread, lentil soup, rice, and side vegetable”). Sounds interesting or exotic to others, but this is actually quite dreadful to the Indian-American kid. …

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Pan-Seared Pressed Tofu with Apples and Champagne Vinaigrette – Recipe

Seared Tofu and Apples with Champagne Vinaigrette

I stopped by Northwest Tofu the other day and came home with their beautiful pressed tofu, along with regular tofu (still warm) and fresh yuba. Casting about for a lunch I could throw together in just minutes, I tossed the pressed tofu in my skillet and rummaged around in the fridge to see what would could join the …

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Falafel In The Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

This was our first falafel in Jerusalem. Of course it came in a sandwich, but we took one apart to give to Mini-Me, and that makes for a more descriptive picture than the whole sandwich. Falafel over here is so much better than you normally find in America. The falafel itself is always fried to …

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Spicy Mama Lil’s Spaghetti alla Carbonara – Recipe

Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara with Mama Lil's Spicy Peppers

Spaghetti alla carbonara is one of those great Italian dishes that comes with multiple-choice apocryphal explanations for the name. Possibly it is in the style favored by a group of charcoal makers, or coal miners, or maybe it was named after the charcoal burner it was cooked on. In any case, the traditional version is …

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Beet Curry – Recipe

As unlikely as it may sound, the first time I ever ate beet curry was over a campfire in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I was dubious, but my girlfriend at the time had lived in Tamil Nadu for a year and knew what she was doing. Granted, everything tastes good around a campfire after an arduous …

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Polenta with Pan Roasted Porcini, Tomato Confit and Chevre – Recipe

Fresh porcini are one of nature's great treats. They are rather expensive unless you know how to forage for them, which I swear I'm going to learn someday … maybe from Langdon.

In the meantime, when I get my hands on a few porcini I like to feature them prominently in a dish. It seems a …

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