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New Paella Pan from The Spanish Table

Vegetarian Paella

I just got a big new paella pan from The Spanish Table. Bought a large model that serves 10-12 because it is one of my dishes for dinner parties. I'm really planning on using this one on my Big Green Egg in warmer weather, but with close to a foot of snow on …

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Capsule Restaurant Reviews – Mainly In Seattle

For those of you in the Seattle area (or visitors to our fair city), I've started a page of capsule restaurant reviews. There is always a link over in the Categories side of the lefthand sidebar. I'll still put full reviews with photos in the main section of the blog, but if I just dash …

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What’s In My Pantry Part 1 – “Quick Reach” Liquids

I thought it might be fun to do an occasional post of what I've got stashed away in different parts of the kitchen.

This first batch are the items I keep right on the counter, for sauteeing, deglazing, making quick sauces, and adding little hits of flavor. I put the Frantoia in the middle because …

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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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Introduction to an Imaginary Cookbook, Part 1

Like most of us, my first culinary memories are inextricably linked with my Mom. This may seem an odd place to start in a vegetarian cookbook, but I’ll never forget her veal. It was lightly breaded with flour and egg, and pan fried. I couldn’t get enough, and I would wolf down my first piece …

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Is Molto Mario (Batali) Still The Best Cooking Show On TV?

You want to learn something valuable about cooking while vegging out in front of the tube? Got thirty minutes?  (Or twenty-two if you have TiVO.) In my opinion, the very best thing you can watch is reruns of Molto Mario on Food Network.

Now you might think: "dude, you are a vegetarian! Why would you watch …

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Some Amazing Chocolates To Try – Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon Wrap-Up

Guittard chocolates for baking (or, um, eating)

The first Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon was a resounding success! 20+ chocolate artisans showed up to offer samples and talk about their work. For only a $20 entrance fee and unlimited tasting, this was a fantastic bargain for anyone who lusts for cacao.

This year’s event was made slightly …

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