Knives for the Vegetarian Kitchen, Part 1

If you love to cook, you are probably going to fall in love with knives. I’ve had many of them over the years, but I’ve pretty well settled on the set above. I’ll walk you through them and tell you what they are and what I like about them. I think a vegetarian kitchen has …

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Review: Duck Soup Inn, San Juan Island, WA

Last weekend we were up on San Juan Island in Puget Sound with my wife’s folks and a couple of their friends. At the (very fine) farmer’s market in Friday Harbor on Saturday morning, one of our crew bought a few zucchini blossoms and the woman in line behind her bought all the rest that …

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Heirloom Caprese and a Grilled Zucchini and Tofu

I don’t think anyone needs a recipe for these, just use your best olive oil for the caprese and your best balsamic and parmesan for the zucchini and tofu. I really need plain white plates for these to look right. The caprese was inspired by that beautiful tomato, and I realized a good if obvious …

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Jack of All Cakes – A Guest Post from LemonPi

Today I'm happy to bring you a guest post from my friend Yu Ching, who writes the wonderful Lemonpi. I love her blog because whether she's making incredibly original desserts like a Parsnip and Cocoa Nib Cake or classics like Gâteau Breton, the recipes are rock solid and come with gorgeous photos. Take it away, Yu Ching…

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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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Making Mozarella at Home

I’ve made ricotta and yogurt cheese a few times at home, but I’ve never tried to do anything that involved (vegetable) rennet before. I had read that mozzarella was fairly tractable, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Casting about google for recipes turned up New England Cheesemaking Supply which sells rennet, citric acid …

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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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