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Sichuan Peppercorn Peanuts – A Snack That Wants A Beer

Sichuan Peppercorn Peanuts

The idea for these came from a packaged Japanese snack that I find totally addictive. It is easy to make at home, and then you can adjust the ratio of heat, orange zest, salt, and the tongue-numbing zing of the Sichuan peppercorn to your own preference. These guys pretty much have “snack with a beer” …

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Make Sparkling Water or Soda at Home with SodaStream – Save Money and Help The Environment

I’m completely addicted to sparkling water, and so is my whole family. We go through quarts of the bubbly stuff every day, and believe me it was getting expensive! Even when we stepped down from imported to store brands, we were easily spending $30 per month, not to mention lugging it home from the grocery …

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Porcini (Cèpes) Mushroom Crudo With Clementine Oil – Recipe

Porcini Crudo with Clementine Oil

Whenever I get my hands on a rare or expensive ingredient, I look for ways to feature it in a simple, pure form that shows off the natural beauty and flavor. These porcini are only available for a weeks a year, and cost a small fortune, at least here in the Seattle area. In Tuscany, …

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Fried Artichokes with Orange-Olive Oil Emulsion – Recipe

Fried Artichokes with Orange Olive Oil Emulsion

The first time I had fried artichokes was at a little place in our neighborhood called Supreme; they went out of business shortly after we moved in, or I’d probably have the artichoke equivalent of a beer belly by now. Since then, I never pass up a chance to eat fried artichokes (including the classic …

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Vegan “Bacon” From King Oyster Mushrooms – Recipe

Vegetarian "Bacon" From King Oyster Mushrooms

Let me say for the record: I have no desire to eat bacon. I prefer for pigs to keep their own bellies and backsides. However, I’m not at all opposed to having good ways of adding crispy, salty, savory, smoky goodness to my meals.

I know I go on about king oyster mushrooms a lot. I …

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Harissa Potatoes – Recipe

Harissa Potatoes

This was absolutely an improvisation; I’d been traveling and had very few vegetables in the house on my return, but found a few waxy potatoes lying around along with a hunk of feta and a package of dill that was still good. That got me to thinking of Middle Eastern flavors and 15 minutes later …

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Red Winter Minestrone with Winter Greens Pesto

Red Winter Minestrone with Winter Greens Pesto

If you are a dedicated locavore, or farmer’s market shopper, or year-round CSA subscriber, you are all too familiar with this issue: depending on where you live, there are several loooong months of the year where the main local vegetables available are the hearty dark leafy greens and root vegetables. You are going to need …

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