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Sunflower Butter Cookies – Recipe

Sunflower Butter Cookies

My wife, Sarina, is severely allergic to both peanuts and every kind of tree nut. Like, epipen and straight to the hospital allergic. This meant that she has never tasted a peanut butter cookie, and neither have my kids. It seemed to me that this was a grave injustice that needed to be rectified.

We long …

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Sichuan Peppercorn Peanuts – A Snack That Wants A Beer

Sichuan Peppercorn Peanuts

The idea for these came from a packaged Japanese snack that I find totally addictive. It is easy to make at home, and then you can adjust the ratio of heat, orange zest, salt, and the tongue-numbing zing of the Sichuan peppercorn to your own preference. These guys pretty much have “snack with a beer” …

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Sesame-Flax Soda Bread – Recipe

Sesame-Flax Soda Bread

Now I know this title might sound like the worst hippie food I’ve ever posted, but hear me out – because you could be having fresh, delicious bread on your dinner table tonight with about 10 minutes of work.

I’m no whole-grain obsessive. In fact, I love white flour. Whole-grain breads have a coarser texture and …

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Porcini (Cèpes) Mushroom Crudo With Clementine Oil – Recipe

Porcini Crudo with Clementine Oil

Whenever I get my hands on a rare or expensive ingredient, I look for ways to feature it in a simple, pure form that shows off the natural beauty and flavor. These porcini are only available for a weeks a year, and cost a small fortune, at least here in the Seattle area. In Tuscany, …

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Black Rice Fritters with Chimichurri – a Hanukkah Friendly Entree Recipe

Black Rice Fritters with Chimichurri

It is traditional for Hanukkah to eat foods cooked in oil, but after a few days of killer latkes and bunuelos, I think we all feel the need to lighten things up a bit. These black rice fritters are pan fried, creating a crispy, satisfying chew, but without absorbing too much fat. The brightly flavored …

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Making Mozarella at Home

I’ve made ricotta and yogurt cheese a few times at home, but I’ve never tried to do anything that involved (vegetable) rennet before. I had read that mozzarella was fairly tractable, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Casting about google for recipes turned up New England Cheesemaking Supply which sells rennet, citric acid …

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Fried Artichokes with Orange-Olive Oil Emulsion – Recipe

Fried Artichokes with Orange Olive Oil Emulsion

The first time I had fried artichokes was at a little place in our neighborhood called Supreme; they went out of business shortly after we moved in, or I’d probably have the artichoke equivalent of a beer belly by now. Since then, I never pass up a chance to eat fried artichokes (including the classic …

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