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Asparagus and Tofu with Guilin Chili Sauce

I love to stir-fry asparagus. I most often serve it in a Chinese fermented black bean sauce. The slightly funky saltiness of the preserved beans seems to be a perfect complement to the sweet-bitter crispness of the vegetable.

I recently picked up my first jar of Guilin Chili Sauce, and as soon as I tasted …

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Pan-Fried Potato Gnocchi with Arugula - Recipe

I made gnocchi the other day, and yes my daughter helped. We ate most of them with a simple tomato sauce. They were good but a bit on the heavy side. I haven't really mastered the art of ultra-light potato gnocchi. If you have a hot tip on how to achieve pillowy lightness, please share. …

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Challah French Toast Bread Pudding Goodness – Recipe

Challah French toast bread pudding

We’ve been more regular about celebrating Shabbat on Friday nights over the past year. My Friiday night menus rarely really go with challah though, so we often end up most of a loaf left over. This is no cause for sadness though, because challah (along with its …

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Vietnamese Lemongrass Green Beans and Tofu – Recipe

Vietnamese Lemongrass Green Beans and Tofu

More easy, weeknight-accessible goodness. Serve this with the Coconut Rice and a salad with a nice lime-based dressing and you are eating well tonight. The idea here is maximum flavor, provided by substantial quantities of lemongrass, ginger and garlic.

If you haven't worked with lemongrass before, you need to know …

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Easy Coconut Rice – Recipe

Coconut rice

If you like the flavor of coconut, this coconut rice is a killer side dish. It is about two minutes more work than normal rice, and it is a great change of pace because the rice goes from being the neutral canvas for other components to stealing the show. It uses both coconut …

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Braised Artichokes in a Tomato-Red Wine Sauce – Recipe

Braised Artichokes in Tomato-Red Wine Sauce

I was casting about the Whole Foods produce department for a side dish idea, and these huge “frost-kissed” artichokes caught my eye. Apparently when the temperature drops below 32, artichokes develop a slightly ugly “rash” on the outside, but their flavor grows nuttier and more concentrated. It might be a …

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The Joy of a Proper Spatula

LamsonSharp Slotted Turner

Most spatulas suck.

This spatula, from LamsonSharp, emphatically does not suck.

It has a thin leading edge, so it slips right under your food without mauling it or ruining the crust. It is strong and flexible. It has nice, wide slots that allow oil or sauces to remain behind in the pan. It has a nice curve …

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