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Beer Battered Maitake Mushroom With Japanese Tartar Sauce – Recipe

Batter-fried maitake mushrooms with a cross-cultural tartar sauce

Maitake mushrooms are very common and much-loved in Japan. In the US they are often known as Hen of the Woods mushrooms (not to be confused with Chicken of the Woods, which is completely different – or Chicken of the Sea, for that matter). They are an easy …

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Vegetarian Pozole de Frijol – Quick and Hearty Soup with Hominy and Pinto Beans – Recipe

Vegetarian Pozole de FrijolPozole (also spelled posole) is a soup or stew made all over Mexico, dating back to pre-Columbian times. Vegetarian pozole is almost a non-sequitur, because the original is heavy on the pig, but this version is delicious and filling so I don’t think you will miss the meat. It makes a terrific …

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Peeled Cherry Tomato Salad With Pan Fried Goat Cheese

Peeled cherry tomatoes are the star of this show

Ever since I read Shuna’s post about peeling cherry tomatoes, the idea has been lodged in my mind, like a song you just have to sing to forget. Ok, specifically, it was this line:

It takes a certain amount of talent to make cherry tomatoes sound ribald! But …

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I Like You (Hospitality Under the Influence), by Amy Sedaris – Cookbook Review with Recipe for Greek Koulourakia Cookies

Koulourakis (Greek cookies with cardamom)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with her work (most famously Strangers With Candy), Amy Sedaris is crazy. Bug f’ing nuts. Mad as a hatter.

While most of us who came of age in the late 60’s and early 70’s raced away from the aesthetics and values of that time, Ms. …

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Irish Soda Bread – Recipe

Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is great to have in your arsenal. It it is leavened with baking soda and buttermilk instead of yeast, so you can go from conception to hot bread on the table in under an hour, with only a few minutes of active work. It adapts beautifully to being made …

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Easy Eggplant and Ricotta Rolls with Ajvar (or Tomato Sauce)

These little rolls of roasted eggplant with a ricotta filling and a simple sauce are minimal work and make a satisfying appetizer or side dish.

I sauced mine with ajvar, a mild spread of roasted red peppers that is popular throughout the Balkans. Ajvar is fairly easy to find at gourmet grocery stores (or from …

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Polenta With Sauteed Chard and Gorgonzola

As fall closes in on winter, the cold weather greens and warm, filling grains figure more in our cooking. A lazy weekend day meant I had time to make polenta the slow way instead of using the quick cooking (but not instant) de La Estancia brand. I followed Marcella Hazan's "no-stir" method, which really isn't …

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