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Homemade Smoked Chile Con Limon (Mexican Sour and Spicy Condiment) – Recipe

If you've traveled in Mexico, or spent much time in Mexican neighborhoods in the United States, you've probably tasted fruit with a chile powder that is both tangy, spicy, and a little salty. It is amazing on mango and watermelon. This spice mix is known as chile con limon, or chile para fruta, and it …

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Larb Jackfruit – Laotian and Thai Salad – Recipe

Jackfruit is en fuego right now as a sort of vegan meat substitute for tacos, barbeque, etc. I'm not sure who first thought of the idea, but I learned about it from Clean Green Simple and the most-definitely-not-vegetarian-but-always-entertaining Chadzilla.

Jackfruit is an enormous fruit that is used throughout southeast Asia. When ripe, it has a relatively mild …

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Umami-Packed Vegetarian Broth – Recipe (Also Vegan)

I've been doing a lot of reading about modern methods for making stocks and broths lately. Modernist Cuisine has a detailed chapter devoted to producing them using both sous vide and pressure cooker methods. Dave Arnold at the French Culinary institute has written several great posts on the subject, and made me doubt my own …

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Stir-Fried Winged Beans (Kacang Botol) with Tomato and Garlic – Recipe

I ran into a vegetable I'd never seen before at a farm stand in Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the middle of a preposterous but amusing adventure that involved driving back and forth over the same stretch of coast approximately seventy-three times. These pods were about 8 inches long, with ruffled leaves, somewhat …

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Lightly Cooked Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta – Recipe

This bruschetta is the epitome of carefree cooking, made almost entirely by gathering good ingredients. Ripe, organic cherry tomatoes (maybe from your backyard?), ricotta (Calabro?), a bit of good olive oil, garlic and fresh basil. A nice artisan pain au levain brings chew and flavor to the party.

Generally I would do a bruschetta like this …

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Peach and Sour Cream Buckle – Recipe

Maybe someday you'll be on vacation.

And on the hot, hot days, every farm stand and farmer's market and U-Pick and roadside honor box will be packed with peaches, peaches so fragrant and ripe and sweet that they would melt into jam if you looked at them cross-eyed.

And after you've eaten as many Early Havens, Red …

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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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