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Avocado, Grapefruit, Mango, Yuzu, Cilantro

Apparently these are among my favorite ingredients for late-night culinary experiments, probably because there is so much that can be done with them raw. By playing with different cuts, you can achieve suprising and pleasing textures. The flavors are so automatically compatible, it is hard to do anything wrong. 

This would work great as an appetizer …

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Roasted Potato and Asparagus Tacos with Kohlrabi Slaw – Recipe

Soft tacos in a Mexico City form factor: just a fistful of delicious ingredients in two soft, steamed corn tortillas. Perfect to pick up in one hand, and never put back down. I can enjoy other, overstuffed tacos that require a fork, but to me the street food version is best.

Today's tacos contain oven roasted …

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Gomashio – Japanese Sesame Seed and Salt Condiment – Recipe

 

I first learned about gomashio when my Mom was on a macrobiotic diet. The diet never stuck with me, but gomashio is simple and delicious whether or not it has any special healing powers.

What is gomashio (also spelled gomasio)? Simply toasted unhulled sesame seeds ground with sea salt in about a 10:1 …

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Pupusas De Queso – Salvadoran Cheese-Filled Tortillas – Recipe

Pupusas are El Salvador’s best known national delicacy. The concept is simple, just corn masa with a savory filling and flattened into a thick disc, then baked on a lightly-greased griddle or in a cast-iron skillet. Essentially like a quesadilla, though there is something different about the taste when the filling is cooked at the …

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Chermoula – The Most Delicious Sauce You’ve Never Tasted – Recipe

I hereby nominate chermoula as the “it” sauce for 2010. (I’m pretty sure last year it was chimichurri, and of course we all remember the pesto riots of 1986, and aioli threatening to flood Central Park in 2001.)

Chermoula is typically used as a marinade for fish in its North African home territory, but it …

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Spicy Mango Salad with Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese Spice Mixture) – Recipe

The seasoning for this mango salad was inspired by (or the very similar ), a spicy Japanese condiment of ground chili peppers with orange peel, sesame seed and other spices. I’ve always bought premade togarashi, but then it occurred to me that I could make my own for more control and fresher flavor.

I’ve …

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Thai Tofu Salad (Yam Taohu) – Recipe

 

Thai salads () are tremendously refreshing, full of the bright flavors of herbs, citrus and chili peppers, balanced with salt and sweetness from either fruit or palm sugar. They are great with a beer, or as part of a complete meal with rice and a curry or noodle dish.

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