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Ilan’s Top Chef Fideos, Vegetarian Style – With A Review Of The Top Chef Cookbook

Ilan Hall's Top Chef Fideos

I'm an avid fan of Top Chef. Our family has a standing date to watch it on TiVO every week. Of the cooking reality shows (Next Food Network Star, Hell's Kitchen and so on), it is the only one that features people who can really cook, and spends most of the …

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Paella Cakes with Manchego and Candied Seville Orange Peel – Recipe

Paella Cakes with Manchego and Candied Seville Orange Peel

I made these paella cakes as the vegetarian entree for our big family Thanksgiving, and they were… fine. They didn’t hold up so well to reheating, and I didn’t have all of the flavor components in place. I had some of the rice left at home and …

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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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Grapefruit Crudo – Recipe

Grapefruit crudo, avocado, chervil and capers – this isn’t tuna!

I was goofing around with cutting citrus fruits into cubes the other day, and the red grapefruit looked so much like tuna. Not that I eat tuna, but of course I see other people eat it at sushi restaurants. I tried slicing it vertically into slabs …

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Dessert Express – Cookbook Review With Chocolate-Chili Pudding Cake Recipe

Chocolate-Chili Pudding Cakes From Dessert Express

Lauren Chattman has a mission for her book Dessert Express. She wants something sweet, and she wants it now. She knows that a little treat at the end of a meal makes it satisfying, memorable, special… or just gives her that extra leverage to get the kids to do …

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7 Tips For Fast And Flavorful Pastas, Including A Recipe For Conchiglie With Chard And Smoked Mozzarella

Conchiglie Pasta with Swiss Chard and Smoked Mozzarella

This dish is kind of a blast from the past for me. Not the specific ingredients, but it is so much the way I cooked for most of my adult life. Nothing complicated, just a simple pasta mixed with a bunch of flavorful and harmonious ingredients. No real …

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Was Your Chocolate Made with Child Slave Labor?

There are questions I wish I didn't have to ask myself.

One of them arrived in my inbox yesterday, from Rachel Nussbaum, the rabbi of Kavana, a Jewish cooperative community that our family belongs to. Social justice is an important part of Kavana's mission, and the group that focuses on it has been learning about slavery and …

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