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Homemade Smoked Chile Con Limon (Mexican Sour and Spicy Condiment) – Recipe

If you've traveled in Mexico, or spent much time in Mexican neighborhoods in the United States, you've probably tasted fruit with a chile powder that is both tangy, spicy, and a little salty. It is amazing on mango and watermelon. This spice mix is known as chile con limon, or chile para fruta, and it …

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Smoked Pineapple and Tomatillo Salsa – Recipe

NOTE: I no longer recommend jury-rigged stovetop smoking. I’ve since learned that creating smoke in a low-oxygen sealed environment like this creates unnecessarily high levels of carcinogens. See my Smoked Tofu Buns recipe for a safer alternative if you don’t have your own method of smoking.

You might notice I’ve been on a bit of a …

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Coconut Rice with Black Beans, Plantains, and Mango Salsa – Recipe

At my house, we eat food in styles from all over the world, but rice is far and away our most popular substrate. I’m always experimenting with new ways to cook rice as well as new things to serve with it.

Today’s dish is Caribbean inspired, with coconut milk-scented rice, black beans, plantains, avocado, mango, and a …

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The Wrath of Grapes; Grape Expectations; You Ungrapeful Bastard

Never stop playing with your food! This is one of my favorite kitchen creativity games. Take a single ingredient, and cut it as many ways as you can think of, then observe the way the cuts and textures change your perception. Then take it a step further and let those new perceptions suggest simple flavor …

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Vegetarian Gravy (Guess the Secret Ingredient!) – Recipe

I don't go in for a lot of American-style comfort food, but who can resist a big plate of mashed potatoes and gravy? (Or biscuits and gravy, for that matter.) I always make this for Thanksgiving, but maybe for some of you folks this will be just in time for Christmas dinner.

I suppose the title …

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Tomato Jam With Rosemary and Saffron – Recipe

Tomato jam. Sounds kind of funny, right? But then when you think about it, a tomato is a fruit after all. Cook them down with sugar and seasonings and you get a piquant jam, though you might think of it more as a chutney.

Whatever you call it, this tomato jam is amazing on a grilled …

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Spicy Nori Popcorn Seasoning – Recipe

I apologize that it has been a little quiet here at the veg shed, and it probably will be hit and miss for the next few weeks, as family priorities and enjoying the summer take precedence over late night blogging sessions for a bit.

I think you'll enjoy this simple condiment for popcorn, whether you …

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