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Experimenting with Tapioca Maltodextrin – Recipe

I was in the mood for caramelized banana (not a rare event). So I ransacked the kitchen for ingredients that could head in a tropical direction, and this is what I came up with. It isn't a dish I'd call service-ready. The banana was good of course, and I liked the lime zest and long …

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Tteokbokki – Spicy Korean Rice Cake Stew

Dduk Boki

Tteok (also transliterated as ddeok, duk, dduk and so forth) is a type of Korean rice cake that you can buy frozen at any Korean grocer or better general Asian grocers. The two most common shapes you will find are flat ovals, and cylinders about 1/4″ in diameter. You can see a package of the …

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Kitchen Sink Spaghetti with Asparagus, Eggplant and Everything Else You Have in the House – Recipe

Any Italian grandmothers reading this should probably avert their eyes. I expect there to be a brigade of Nonna's with pitchforks outside my window at any moment. This pasta is about as far from traditional as you'll ever see me go. It has a dizzying array of intense flavors that could overwhelm your palate. Oh, …

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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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Crispy Soba Noodle Pancakes with Scallions and Gochujang – Recipe

Last week I asked my friends "Tell the truth: isn't crispy the best part of any dish?", and got impassioned responses, ranging from "Of course. Crispy is carmelized", to  "Not if it's a gummy bear…" . For me, it is all about the crunch and those toasty flavors. So when I found I had lots …

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Soba Noodle Soup in Shiitake Shoyu Broth with Asparagus, Leeks and Tofu – Recipe

I get a little jealous of meat eaters with their delicious looking Asian noodle soups. I wanted to create a very full flavored broth with lots of umami intensity. I made it with dried shiitakes, kombu, and the best shoyu I have ever tasted.

If you haven't had soba before, they are a Japanese noodle made …

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Fava Beans, Potatoes and Saffron Rice with Feta Cheese and Fresh Herbs – Recipe

I’m a fool for . Not foul like “and now I get to shoot free throws”.prounced “fool”, which is the word for fava beans throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Like most beans, the fresh and dried versions are radically different. Fresh favas are mild and sweet, tasting something like a cross between a …

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