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Chanterelle Tostadas – Recipe

Chanterelle Tostadas

These tostadas had a very simple inspiration: wildly inexpensive chanterelles. Although they grow prolifically in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve never learned how to hunt them, so I’m typically stuck paying retail when I want my fix – unless, I’m hanging around with my friend Lang, whose new book The Mushroom Hunters just came out. And …

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Skillet Street Food – Seattle, WA – Restaurant Review

Skillet Street Food in Seattle, WA

Skillet is easily the most talked about mobile restaurant in America. In many other countries, street food is a highly developed art form, but in America it has been left mainly to "roach coaches", hot dog stands, and (often fantastic) taco trucks. CIA-trained chef Josh Henderson and foodservice veteran Danny …

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Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos – Recipe

Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos

I‘ve had the good fortune to travel to Austin a couple of times in the last year or so, and it is always good fun. Like Portland, Milwaukee, or Brooklyn, it is a place where people understand that work is important, but having a beer and a bite with friends, listening to music, or just …

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Porcini, Potato, Apple – Recipe

Porcini, Potato, Apple

When you have beautiful ingredients like the fresh porcini mushrooms (aka cèpes or king bolete) that I found at Pike Place Market the other day, it isn’t necessary or desirable to do much to them. In this case, all that is needed is cook them through thoroughly  to concentrate the flavor and then brown their exterior, …

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Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream – Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream

The ultimate plan for this roasted pumpkin ice cream is a plated dessert with grilled mochi, miso butterscotch, and a black sesame crumble; I haven’t finished the other components yet, but thought I would go ahead and share the ice cream recipe with you. Because it is intended for a dessert with Japanese flavors, I …

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The Secret to Perfectly Roasted Green Beans – Recipe

Perfect Pan-Roasted Green Beans

The problem with roasted green beans, whether you do them in the oven or in a hot skillet, is to get those beautiful, caramelized brown spots on the surface of most of the beans without either over- or under-cooking the insides. Run the heat too high and you’ll burn the outside before the inside is …

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Mission Chinese Food-Style Tofu with Radish and Shiso – Recipe

Mission Chinese Style Tofu with Radish and Shiso

When my wife and I were in New York for the James Beard awards a few months ago, we were wandering around the Lower East Side, and I was hungry (as usual). We turned a corner, and I spotted Mission Chinese Food’s New York outpost and I knew my life was about to get a …

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