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Otsu Noodles (Sesame Soba Noodle Salad) – Recipe

I’ve been making variations of this dish for years, but I always thought of them just as "how I like to make sesame noodles". But I just read this post on Heidi’s site (and the followup at Amateur Gourmet) and the light went on that  by "sesame noodles" people pretty much universally mean a dish …

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Recipe: Mujadara (Rice, Lentils and Caramelized Onion Pilaf)

Mujadara (Rice, Lentils and Caramelized Onion Pilaf)

Mujadara (also spelled Mujadarah, Megadarra or several other variations) is delicious, inexpensive, simple to make, and one of my wife’s favorite foods. Since she got us this beautiful new serving platter I felt a batch was overdue. It is simply a mixture of rice and perfectly cooked lentils, spiked …

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On The Mathematics of Bran Muffins

A truism that I hear repeated frequently that cooking is an art, while baking is more of a science which requires accuracy and following recipes to the letter. I don’t think that is necessarily true, I certainly improvise changes to baking recipes frequently and usually with good results. But I think there is an underlying …

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Review: Vegan Garden Vietnamese Restaurant, Seattle, WA

It is a strange sensation for me to be presented with a restaurant menu where I have 110 legitimate choices of what to eat. As a vegetarian I’m so used to having a choice of one or two appetizers and a single entree, it is bewildering to be faced with all of these options. At …

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Chocolate Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Filling And Chocolate Gelato

We have officially entered the Snacky Pants birthday celebration period, which extends approximately 30 days on either side of the actual anniversary of her entrance to this world. We’ve kicked in to high gear a bit earlier than usual owing to our rapidly approaching trip which will separate her from many of her usual admirers …

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Tofu In The Style Of Southeast Asian Steamed Fish (Vegetarian)

The tofu all seasoned and ready for wrapping

Imagine opening a present at the table, and being greeted with a rush of aromatic steam full of lemongrass and ginger that makes you close your eyes with pleasure.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% happy and proud to be vegetarian. I’m also an obsessive eater and cook. …

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Caramelized Pear “Cupcakes” With Blue Cheese Frosting

I was on my way out the door to work the other day and for some reason I said to Snacky Pants, "what would go with Blue Cheese Frosting?", and she gamely replied "pears of course". And then I was thinking of a great post (that I can’t seem to find) that Dana had over …

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