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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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Bruschetta With Chanterelles and Brie

Chanterelle and Brie Bruschetta

My last few forays with chanterelle mushrooms have combined them with other big flavors. For this appetizer, I wanted to highlight the delicious, earthy, sweet, complex fungii themselves, adding mainly just some melted brie for richness. This would make a rather decadent appetizer to pass at a holiday party, preferably with an …

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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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Brown Butter Cornbread – Recipe

Brown Butter Cornbread

Since we talked about vegetarian chili last week, I’ve got to hook you up with the to go with it. It is moist without being cake-like with an intense corn flavor. The butter is browned before adding it to the batter, a genius trick I learned from The Recipe Girl. That contributes some of …

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Best Vegetarian Chili Recipe – Delicious, Easy, Healthy and (Optionally) Vegan

Vegetarian chili is one of the first veggie entrees that pop into people’s minds (along with vegetarian lasagna of course). It is a delicious, easy and very nutritious meal-in-a-bowl. Add some tortillas or brown-butter cornbread and a salad and you’ll feel like a king. It also can be made ahead; it just gets better over …

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Grape, Honey, Yogurt – Recipe

Driving home from work the other day, I was musing about whether I could make a plate with cheese and grapes swapping forms. I figured I could make an agar gel of the grapes and spherify a triple-cream cheese. I still like the idea, but I couldn't quite envision what other components it needed.

That got …

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