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Crackers and Dips: More than Fifty Homemade Snacks – Cookbook Review

Crackers and Dips - Ivy Manning

There is much to be said for a good single-subject cookbook. As much as I value my collection of general cookbooks, I probably reach for the more specific tomes more than any other, because I know they will have both the recipes and inspiration I’m looking for, and more importantly, the detailed techniques I’m going …

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Kale Fried Rice for One – Infinitely Adaptable Recipe

Kale Fried Rice

This is the kind of thing I make for myself when I’m the only one around or the only one hungry. It only works with leftover rice that has sat in the fridge for at least a few hours, but in my house that is usually available. And of course, you can make it for …

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Lentil and Cucumber Salad – Perfect for Potlucks – Recipe

Lentil and Cucumber Salad

This salad is great to have in your back pocket for summer potlucks and picnics  (*). It is easy to make, light and healthy and packed with flavor that adults will love, but manageable for kids too.

In this kind of salad, cucumbers tend to leak a lot of juice, dilute the dessing, and make a …

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Chickpea and Saffron Pilaf with Crispy Onions – Recipe

Chickpea and Saffron Pilaf with Crispy Onions

The secret of this pilaf is using the flavorful oil leftover from making the crispy onions to saute the rice before adding any water. It adds a rich, savory background that makes the dish more satisfying.

I’ll happily eat this as a main course with nothing more than a last-minute squeeze of lemon, but it also …

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Make Your Own Kimchi – Recipe

Homemade Kimchi

I‘ve resisted making my own fermented foods for, well, decades at this point. I’m not sure exactly why – maybe a little fear that they might not be safe, or that the smell would be overpowering, or just a lack of patience to wait for them to mature. But lately I’ve fallen more and more …

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Vietnamese Salad Rolls (Gỏi cuốn) – Recipe

Vietnamese Salad Rolls Gỏi cuốn

I‘ve always loved Vietnamese Salad rolls (gỏi cuốn), and I’ve been making them off and on for decades, so I don’t know why I haven’t shared them with you guys before. If you haven’t had them, they are cool and refreshing, with a tender but slightly chewy rice paper wrapper surrounding thin rice noodles, lettuce, …

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Tempeh and Japanese Eggplant with Crispy Rice – Recipe

I'm not going to lie, this is a refrigerator cleanout party. I'm proud of it. I think a lot of folks are trying to reduce their waste these days, both because it is the right thing to do for the environment, and to stretch their food dollars a little farther.

Coincidentally, the same night I …

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