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Spanish Lentils and Mushrooms – Recipe

Have you ever noticed how mushrooms cut thickly and browned are a completely different experience to eat than when sliced thin and sauteed as normal? Instead of cooking all of the water out of them, the surface simply gets seared and the interior retains a chewy texture. Delicious.

For today's dish, I paired those mushrooms …

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Vegetarian Jap Chae – A Guest Recipe by Alice of Savory Sweet Life

When a friend and well respected blogger like Michael Natkin invites you to guest post for his amazing food blog, .  When I first started Savory Sweet Life, was one of the first blogs I frequently visited for inspiration, beautiful photos, and amazing vegetarian recipes.  Since then we’ve become friends.   Today, I am …

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Chopped Salad – Revisiting A Classic Recipe

Chopped salad is just exactly what it sounds like: a salad whose ingredients have all been cut down to a fairly uniform size, around 1/2″ cubes. It works well as a side dish and it shines as one of the all time great entree salads when you want a lighter meal. It is easy to …

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Avocado, Grapefruit, Mango, Yuzu, Cilantro

Apparently these are among my favorite ingredients for late-night culinary experiments, probably because there is so much that can be done with them raw. By playing with different cuts, you can achieve suprising and pleasing textures. The flavors are so automatically compatible, it is hard to do anything wrong. 

This would work great as an appetizer …

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Gomashio – Japanese Sesame Seed and Salt Condiment – Recipe


I first learned about gomashio when my Mom was on a macrobiotic diet. The diet never stuck with me, but gomashio is simple and delicious whether or not it has any special healing powers.

What is gomashio (also spelled gomasio)? Simply toasted unhulled sesame seeds ground with sea salt in about a 10:1 …

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“Lobster Mushroom” Spaghetti – Recipe

Spaghetti with lobster mushroom

I found this enormous lobster mushroom at our neighborhood co-op last week. You can see it in the picture at the bottom, next to my 8" chefs knife. It had "ears" but they broke off. The whole thing weighed just over a pound! That’s a big parasitic ascomycete. A say what? Well …

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Pupusas De Queso – Salvadoran Cheese-Filled Tortillas – Recipe

Pupusas are El Salvador’s best known national delicacy. The concept is simple, just corn masa with a savory filling and flattened into a thick disc, then baked on a lightly-greased griddle or in a cast-iron skillet. Essentially like a quesadilla, though there is something different about the taste when the filling is cooked at the …

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