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Ginger and Black Pepper Rice Pilaf – Recipe

Ginger and Black Pepper Basmati Rice

Flavoring your basmati rice is an easy way to add variety to an Indian menu. The possibilities are endless. Today’s version, with ample quantities of grated ginger root and freshly ground pepper is one of my favorites.

You don’t need a special ginger grating tool. Just use the same microplane you already use for cheese, chocolate …

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Green Garlic and Mint Potato Salad – Recipe

Green Garlic and Mint Potato Salad

Green garlic is one of those wonderful farmer’s market ingredients. At least in my neck of the woods, you don’t often see it at grocery stores, but it is as at every market in the early summer months, where it overlaps with last year’s storage potatoes. Green garlic is simply the shoot of an immature …

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Alice’s Savory Sweet Life Cookbook – And Her Recipe for Roasted Carrots with Sage Brown Butter

Roasted Carrots with Sage Brown Butter from the Savory Sweet Life Cookbook

I first met Alice a few years back, when she was just starting her first blog, Savory Sweet Life. I knew right away that she wasn’t going to be one of these bloggers that start out with a burst of enthusiasm, and then tail off until they are only posting every three months, mostly about …

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Maple-Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms – Recipe

Maple Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms

When I was a kid, I would see my uncle Irv mix together his breakfast plate full of waffles, eggs, bacon and syrup, taking bites of everything together, and I thought it was horrifying. The idea of mixing sweet, smoky, savory and salty items together wasn’t something I would even consider. Now I realize he …

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Kinoko Gohan (Japanese Mushroom Rice) – Recipe

Kinoko Gohan (Japanese Mushroom Rice)

Kinoko Gohan is classic, soothing Japanese comfort food. It has strong associations as a fall dish, but the typical mushrooms used in it are mostly cultivated and therefore available year round. Of course if you have access to seasonal, wild harvested maitake or matsutake, for example, then you’ll be making something truly special.

One way to …

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Brown Butter Cornbread – Video Recipe

Video Recipe for Brown Butter Cornbread

The brown butter cornbread recipe in my book is one I come back to over and over again, whenever a bowl of vegetarian chili or black bean soup is on the menu. The brown butter flavor somehow amplifies the taste of the corn. I use an easy trick that is popular in modernist kitchens for …

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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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