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Fig Brulee with Balsamic Vinegar

I have to make this every year when fresh figs appear. If you have a blowtorch, it takes all of 30 seconds, looks really cool, and tastes great. Also delicious served over vanilla ice cream.

Fig Brulee with Balsamic Vinegar

2 ripe fresh figs
2 t. white sugar
1 t. fine aged balsamic vinegar

Cut the figs in half lengthwise. …

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Triple Smoky Macaroni and Cheese – Recipe

 

The last time we talked about mac and cheese, it was this double-crust version which is pretty great and crunchy. But ever since a friend brought us a superb traditional mac to have in the freezer after our first kid came was born, I've had in mind to revisit the classic. The parts that I …

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Grilled Peaches with Ras Al Hanout and Ginger Beer Reduction

This sounds fancy but is actually a slam dunk to make, especially if you use a packaged spice mixture. The combination of sweet, pungent and spicy is pretty addictive. You could serve it as an appetizer or as part of a light dinner with a salad or a meze. It seems like it would enjoy …

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Vietnamese Sandwiches (Including Seattle Reccomendations)

Banh Mi Chay – Vietnamese Tofu Sandwich

If you are already an afficionado of Vietnamese sandwiches, aka Banh Mi, you probably don't need to read any further. But if you haven't had them, you have been missing out on one of the all time delicious and cheap eats. My wife and I have …

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Mexican Panzanella Salad

The idea for this is based on a Rick Bayless recipe title, but I didn’t have it in front of me this weekend. Hmm, and actually looking at his chayote-based recipe now, they really have nothing in common. We were in Friday Harbor Washington, which is on San Juan Island in Puget Sound, on S’s …

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Cucumber, Zucchini & Mint Salad

This is a salad I made up  when a friend invited me to a barbecue with 45 minutes notice. The combination of cucumber and zucchini was a happy accident; if I’d been designing this recipe from scratch it probably would have been only one or the other, but I didn’t …

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