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Spanish Lentils and Mushrooms – Recipe

Have you ever noticed how mushrooms cut thickly and browned are a completely different experience to eat than when sliced thin and sauteed as normal? Instead of cooking all of the water out of them, the surface simply gets seared and the interior retains a chewy texture. Delicious.

For today's dish, I paired those mushrooms …

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Vegetarian Jap Chae – A Guest Recipe by Alice of Savory Sweet Life

When a friend and well respected blogger like Michael Natkin invites you to guest post for his amazing food blog, .  When I first started Savory Sweet Life, was one of the first blogs I frequently visited for inspiration, beautiful photos, and amazing vegetarian recipes.  Since then we’ve become friends.   Today, I am …

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Chopped Salad – Revisiting A Classic Recipe

Chopped salad is just exactly what it sounds like: a salad whose ingredients have all been cut down to a fairly uniform size, around 1/2″ cubes. It works well as a side dish and it shines as one of the all time great entree salads when you want a lighter meal. It is easy to …

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Avocado, Grapefruit, Mango, Yuzu, Cilantro

Apparently these are among my favorite ingredients for late-night culinary experiments, probably because there is so much that can be done with them raw. By playing with different cuts, you can achieve suprising and pleasing textures. The flavors are so automatically compatible, it is hard to do anything wrong. 

This would work great as an appetizer …

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Gomashio – Japanese Sesame Seed and Salt Condiment – Recipe


I first learned about gomashio when my Mom was on a macrobiotic diet. The diet never stuck with me, but gomashio is simple and delicious whether or not it has any special healing powers.

What is gomashio (also spelled gomasio)? Simply toasted unhulled sesame seeds ground with sea salt in about a 10:1 …

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Battle of the Network Food Battles

Let’s stipulate up front that I know I shouldn’t be watching this garbage. In spite of that, my wife and I eagerly await all three shows each week. At least we have TiVO.

What garbage you ask? You were probably doing something intelligent like pruning your hedges while we watched the current crop of "reality" shows …

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Chermoula – The Most Delicious Sauce You’ve Never Tasted – Recipe

I hereby nominate chermoula as the “it” sauce for 2010. (I’m pretty sure last year it was chimichurri, and of course we all remember the pesto riots of 1986, and aioli threatening to flood Central Park in 2001.)

Chermoula is typically used as a marinade for fish in its North African home territory, but it …

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