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Kicking It Old School

I'm going to be traveling on and off for the next few weeks, and probably won't be able to post as much as usual. I've been doing this blog almost two years now, and since there are a lot more regular readers now than back in the day, I thought I might use this time …

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Recipe: Polenta with Blue Cheese, Grilled Fennel And Apples – Vegetarian

This was the entree we made for the recent Kavana Men Cook event. We’ve got a creamy polenta with lots of parmesan, topped with grilled fennel, grilled apples and blue cheese, and garnished with parsley, Maldon (aka the world’s greatest salt) , fennel pollen, and a spectacular apple balsamic vinegar from ChefShop.com.

One small regret …

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Whopper Cake – Book Review Plus Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

They had me at "traumatize". Whopper Cake, by Karma Wilson and Will Hillenbrand, is a great children's book. The story is of a Grandpa who wants to make a cake for his wife, but has a little bit of trouble following the recipe. It is just too tempting for him to scale it up a …

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Quinoa with Tahina Sauce, Tofu and Green Beans – High Protein, Tasty Hippie Food – Recipe

 

Glorious hippie food. No offense to any hippies out there! That's just what I call this kind of dish, when I throw together some components that don't really have any particular culinary heritage together, but they taste good in a healthy, satisfying way.

This dish is a prime example. Quinoa is from South America, tahina is …

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Triple Smoky Macaroni and Cheese – Recipe

 

The last time we talked about mac and cheese, it was this double-crust version which is pretty great and crunchy. But ever since a friend brought us a superb traditional mac to have in the freezer after our first kid came was born, I've had in mind to revisit the classic. The parts that I …

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with a Pumpkin Seed Topping – Recipe

Who doesn't love a good fruit crisp? They are a great way to use up excesses of seasonal fruits, and you can make the topping so easily that there is no need to wait for a special occasion. Strawberry + rhubarb is a great combination for this time of year, as the rhubarb is getting …

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Chevre with Sauteed Grapes and Fresh Herbs – Recipe

Chevre with Sauteed Grapes and Fresh Herbs

I love this appetizer because it comes together in minutes, tastes amazing, and the sauteed grapes provide an element of surprise and pleasure. It is a riff on a popular dish from Seattle's Osteria La Spiga, where they do it with Toma cheese wrapped in grape leaves. …

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