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Sopes with Plantain, Zucchini and Two Sauces – Recipe

In Mexico, there are a whole class of dishes called that are generally thought of as street food, though they may also be offered in smaller sizes as appetizers at restaurants. Most (all?) antojitos include a corn masa component, which may be thick or thin, topped, rolled or stuff, baked or fried, and can include …

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Tteokbokki – Spicy Korean Rice Cake Stew

Tteok (also transliterated as ddeok, duk, dduk and so forth) is a type of Korean rice cake that you can buy frozen at any Korean grocer or better general Asian grocers. The two most common shapes you will find are flat ovals, and cylinders about 1/4″ in diameter. You can see a package of the …

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Kala Chana (Black Chickpea Curry) – A Guest Post from Amee of Rabbit Food Rocks

Kala Chana (Curried Black Chickpeas)

When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I’d ask mom what’s for dinner, and she would reply “rotli, daal, bhath, shaak” (which translates to the mundane Indian weeknight meal of “flatbread, lentil soup, rice, and side vegetable”). Sounds interesting or exotic to others, but this is actually quite dreadful to the Indian-American kid. …

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Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shiitakes and Smoked Paprika – Recipe

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shiitakes and Smoked Paprika

Brussels sprouts are oddly fashionable these past couple of years. They have two things going for them:

Underdog status. A lot of people hated them because they were boiled to death for much of the 20th century.
But they are actually delicious when prepared well.

Now we’ve caught on that they are wonderful when pan-fried, deep-fried, broiled, roasted or …

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Pan-Seared Pressed Tofu with Apples and Champagne Vinaigrette – Recipe

I stopped by Northwest Tofu the other day and came home with their beautiful pressed tofu, along with regular tofu (still warm) and fresh yuba. Casting about for a lunch I could throw together in just minutes, I tossed the pressed tofu in my skillet and rummaged around in the fridge to see what would could join the …

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Crispy Yuba (Tofu Skin) Rolls – Recipe

Crispy Yuba Rolls

Yuba is a thin skin of tofu that is a byproduct of making soymilk. It is pulled in sheets off the top of the pot of boiling soymilk, much like the skin that forms on a pot of simmering cow’s milk. It can be made at home, but I’ve never tried. I buy mine from …

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Pan-Fried Polenta with Chickpea Stew, King Oyster Mushrooms and Fig Puree

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of cooking a five-course dinner at Cafe Flora as a benefit for City Fruit, a wonderful organization here in the Seattle area that harvests thousands of pounds of fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste and donates that fruit to food banks and sell some of …

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