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Using Dry Ice to Carry Scent – A Culinary Fog

It is a popular device in modern restaurants to serve clouds of perfumed smoke as a way to enhance a dish, adding another layer of sensory experience. Smoke can be produced with a small smoking gun, or expensive paraphenalia, and served to the diner along with the rest of the food under an enclosure. …

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Vegetarian Potstickers (Gyoza) – Recipe

The first rule of potstickers is that you can never make enough potstickers. At least in my family, we fight over the last few like seagulls over a spilled bag of kettle corn.

If you haven't had them, potstickers are Chinese or Japanese pan-fried dumplings with a savory filling, dipped in a soy, vinegar and sesame …

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One-Bowl Banana Muffins – Great For Baking With Kids – Recipe

I wasn't planning to write a post about these banana muffins. They were just something me and the kiddos were whipping up on a Saturday morning. Pretty much every food blogger and their Great Aunt Estelle has published a banana muffin recipe, so why would I? Two reasons: (1) they were unusually delicious (B) I …

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Spicy Mango Salad with Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese Spice Mixture) – Recipe

The seasoning for this mango salad was inspired by (or the very similar ), a spicy Japanese condiment of ground chili peppers with orange peel, sesame seed and other spices. I’ve always bought premade togarashi, but then it occurred to me that I could make my own for more control and fresher flavor.

I’ve …

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Thai Tofu Salad (Yam Taohu) – Recipe

 

Thai salads () are tremendously refreshing, full of the bright flavors of herbs, citrus and chili peppers, balanced with salt and sweetness from either fruit or palm sugar. They are great with a beer, or as part of a complete meal with rice and a curry or noodle dish.

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Eggplant in Kaffir-Lime Scented Coconut Milk Curry – Recipe

Today's dish is a coconut milk-based curry, with some, but not all of the same ingredients you would find in a typical Thai green curry. I planned to serve it with two other quite spicy dishes (stay tuned, or join our new Facebook fan page for a hint), so I wanted this dish to be …

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Chard with Berbere – A Simple & Spicy Ethiopian-Style Side Dish – Recipe

 

Berbere, the quintessential Ethiopian spice mixture, is great to have in your pantry, because it can add complex spice and heat to any basic preparation of vegetables. Depending on the cook, in addition to the chiles it is likely to have ginger, cloves, coriander, allspice, and less familiar flavors like long pepper, ajwain, …

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