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King Oyster Mushroom with Roasted Cherries and Sage – No, That Isn’t Meat – Thought Process

King Oyster Mushroom with Roasted Cherries and Sage

I‘m often asked “where do you get your inspiration for the recipes?” I love this question because it gives me a chance to talk about all of the different places that ideas come from, but often in generalities. So today, I thought it might be interesting to focus on the specifics of how a particular …

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Harvest Vine – Basque Restaurant Review, Seattle, WA

Have you ever noticed that some great restaurants consistently put you in a certain mood? Harvest Vine, Seattle's great Basque restaurant always leaves me happy to be alive. Chef Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez himself has a larger-than-life personality, and whether he's there on a given night or not, it permeates the whole experience with a …

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Swiss Chard with Garlic and Yogurt – Recipe

Swiss Chard with Garlic and Yogurt

Meze is the Mediterranean tradition of a meal made of several small plates. My family especially loves to eat meze-style in the summer, when no-one feels like heating up the kitchen or eating a heavy dinner. To make a nice meze, you can make a couple of items from scratch (maybe tabbouleh or this warm grape …

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Thai Basil Eggplant – Recipe

Thai Basil Eggplant

The Thai basil situation can be a bit confusing. The herb known specifically as Thai basil, which is what I’ve used in this dish, has purplish stems and green leaves. There is another, significantly different herb called holy basil that is also much loved in Thailand, and it has purple leaves and is incredibly aromatic. …

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Cold Sorrel and Coconut Milk Soup – Recipe

Cold Sorrel and Coconut Soup

First, a quick bit of housekeeping. I recently moved the Herbivoracious email list over to a new, more robust provider. In the process, some of you received an email asking you to reconfirm your subscription. This kind of thing is easy to miss, especially if you are aren’t expecting them. So if you aren’t getting today’s …

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Corn Nut Butter – Recipe Work in Progress

Corn Nut Butter

Yep. Corn Nuts, ground up into a “nut” butter.

I’ve had freeze-dried corn ground into powder many times, and I know Christina Tosi uses that to make her famous corn cookies. I was in Chicago yesterday to do a taping at WGN, and managed to get a drink at Grant Achatz’ The Aviary. One of the …

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Orecchiette with Garlic Scapes, Ricotta, and Gremolata – Recipe

Orecchiette with Garlic Scapes, Ricotta, and Gremolata

Unlike tender green garlic, garlic scapes are the firmer central flowering stem of the garlic plant. When fully cooked, they have a texture similar to asparagus, and a sweet flavor like slow-roasted garlic. In the past I’ve made the mistake of not trimming off enough of the hardest part and/or not cooking them fully, and …

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