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Cucumber and Peach Salad

A delightful Bon Appetit summer side.

Serves 2

2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 large, ripe peach, pitted and thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lime
Flaky sea salt
Aleppo pepper

Combine.
Toss.
Eat.

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Pineapple Chow

A cousin to our delicious mango chow, courtesy of Caribbean Pot.

1 Large Pineapple (peel, cored, diced into pieces)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 jalapeno pepper (sliced thin)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (sliced thin)
3 large cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tablespoon cilantro (chopped fine)
5+ oranges (juice)
2 limes (juice)
1 small red onion (sliced thin)

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a glass jar - will keep for up to a week.

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Callaloo

  • 4 cups callaloo (amaranth) green, or substitute collard greens, rinsed well, chopped and tightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat, olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet or habanero pepper
  • Salt to taste
Callaloo
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Sourdough (discard) crackers

This is adapted from the https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/sourdough-crackers-recipe">King Arthur recipe

  • 1 cup (113g) King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup (227g) sourdough starter, unfed/discard
  • 4 T (57g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 T herbs (rosemary)
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • coarse / flakey salt (such as kosher or sea salt) for sprinkling on top

Mix together the flour, salt, sourdough starter, butter, and herbs to make a smooth (not sticky), cohesive dough.

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Sourdough Bread

This recipe is based off of the New York Times' "No-knead" Sourdough. Though as far as I can tell most sourdough is "no-knead" so… Anyhow, it is at least a straight-forward and "simple" (in the world of sourdough) recipes.

  • 3 ½ cups (475g) bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon/6 grams kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (180g) sourdough starter, “fed”

The Day before

Feed your starter to wake it up.

The night before

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.

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Sunomono-ish Cucumbers

Although not strictly necessary, the smashing of the cucumbers in this Bon Appetit recipe does yield a nice texture and, as Bon Appetit says, creates nooks and crannies for the marinade.

1 pound Persian or English hothouse cucumbers
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
3 scallions, sliced
4 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Red chili flakes

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Corn Pudding

A terribly delicious Midwestern staple. Recipe by way of my coworker Kat.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
1 small can green chiles (optional)
Pepper jack cheese (optional)

Corn Pudding
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Savory Bread Pudding

Courtesy of Cowgirl Creamery. Could easily be made vegetarian.

Ingredients
1 lb. Andouille Sausage - small diced
1 medium Onion - small diced
3 stalks Celery - small diced
1 lb. Cremini Mushrooms - small diced
1 Tbsp. Garlic - minced
2 Tbsp. Thyme - chopped
1 lb. Stale Bread - large diced
6 Eggs
2 cups Heavy Cream
1 cup Chicken Stock
4 oz. Cowgirl Creamery Crème Fraiche (plus more for serving)
8 oz. Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel - grated
Salt & Pepper - to taste
1/8 lb. Butter
1 bunch Chives - thinly sliced

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Aloo Chat

1 pound small Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed
1 small onion, chopped
2 serrano chile, seeds removed if desired, chopped
1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 can chickpeas, rinsed, patted dry
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons chaat masala
2 tablespoons prepared tamarind chutney, divided
pinch of sugar

1 cup raita yogurt

¼ cup sev or similar/fried noodles

Aloo chat
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Wheat sandwich bread

This recipe presumes a bread machine.

  • 1⅓ c water
  • ¼ c grains (fast-cooking better)
    ⅛ c gluten
    2 cups wheat flour
    1 c less ⅛ white flour
    2 T dry milk
    2 t salt
    3 T honey (use a T measure to make indents in the flour, pour in)
    3 T butter in small pieces
    just less than 2t yeast on top

Add ingredients in order - the gluten and flour will "float" on top of the water, make sure the grains you add are in the water to soak.

Bread
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Ceviche

Adapted from Bon Apetit, ~4 servings

Leche De Tigre

  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise

  • ½ small red onion, chopped

  • ½ cup bottled clam juice (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Purée first 4 ingredients and 4 large ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Add onion; pulse 3–4 times. Strain liquid into a medium bowl. Stir in clam juice, if desired; season with salt. Cover and chill.

Ceviche
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Pumpkin Recipes Galore

Some untried pumpkin-based recipes from one of our local farmer's market vendors.

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Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

Courtesy of the internet and tweaked to address some errant sweet potato purchases. The tweaked version was a big hit!

Fills a ~9x13 oval dish.

Base
1 pound purple or white sweet potatoes (about 2 medium)

Filling
2.5 pounds orange sweet potatoes (about 4-5 medium)
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk or heavy cream

Topping
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup melted butter

Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole
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Zucchini-Herb Fritters/Latkes With Garlic Yogurt

Garlic Yogurt
½ cup plain yogurt (not Greek)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 garlic clove, finely grated
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fritters And Assembly
2 small zucchini, ends trimmed
1 small russet potato, peeled
½ medium onion
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
1 garlic clove, finely grated
½ teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus more for serving

Zucchini Fritters
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Dill Cucumber Salad

A cool, refreshing side dish. Inspired by these two recipes, but mostly a notional recipe.

1 large English cucumber, sliced on a mandolin to 1/8" thick
1/2 small red onion, also sliced on a mandolin to 1/8" thick (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup mix of your favorite vinegars (I used mostly white vinegar + cider vinegar + red wine vinegar)

Dill Cucumber Salad
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Chile-Corn Custard Squares

A nice side for a BBQ, courtesy of Bon Appetit.

3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend or 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese mixed with 1/3 cup crumbled queso fresco, divided
1/2 cup sour cream (plus additional for garnish, optional)
1/2 cup canned creamed corn
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chiles

Chile Corn Custard
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes (more or less, depending on size) Skin-off or on per choice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Marshmallows

Do-ahead option: pre-roast the sweet potatoes: Wrap them in foil and bake them whole for 1 hour at 400 degrees before slicing them - this provides a softer texture.

Alternatively, slice the raw potatoes thin and add them directly to the casserole; this method results in a firmer texture.

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Poblano Rice

Cribbed from Marcela.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
2-3 poblano chiles, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth, plus more if needed
1 cup long grain rice

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium, heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Add the onions and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add the poblano chiles and saute, about 8 minutes.

Poblano Rice
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Butternut Squash Farrotto

  • ½ tablespoon cumin, divided
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoona fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves; 1 minced, 2 thinly sliced
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled butternut squash
  • 1 cup semi-pearled farro (can add in barley and other whole grains)
  • 1 tablespoons chopped Fresno chile or red jalapeño chile with seeds, divided
  • ½ cup 1/2-inch cubes red onion plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced
  • ½ 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Yogurt Sauce

Butternut squash farrotto
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Carrot Ricotta Tart

Via http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/carrot-tart-with-ricotta-and-herbs

2 cups ricotta
¼ cup heavy cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion, thinly sliced
4 large carrots (about 8 ounces), scrubbed, thinly sliced into coins
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 large egg, beaten to blend (optional)
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons small dill sprigs

Preheat oven to 425°. Whisk ricotta and cream in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper.

Carrot Ricotta Tart
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Green Sauce

This sauce was AWESOME, and I made it all by myself.

Makes about 1 cup:
2 cups unpacked parsley
1 cup unpacked mint
1 cup unpacked basil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon

Blend all ingredients, preferably with an immersion blender, until smooth.
If needed, add more oil (and/or vinegar, to taste) to help blend.
Alternatively, double (or triple!) the ingredients to make it easier to blend in a conventional blender. Trust me, you'll eat it all.

Green Sauce
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Caramelized Garlic Quiche

For Crust (enough for two crusts)
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

For Quiche:
5 large eggs
3 heads of garlic, cloves peeled
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
dash nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
2 cups baby spinach, lightly chopped
1 cup crème fraîche
½ cup milk

Crust

Caramelized Onion Quiche
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Fasolia

2 C snapped green beans (2 parts)
1 large carrot, stick-cut (1 part)
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp finely minced garlic
1 tsp finely minced ginger
1 tsp tomato paste

2 oz vegetable oil
¼ tsp black cardamom
¼ tsp corriander

jalapeno peppers, optional, to taste
salt to taste

Start with a hot (non-nonstick) skillet and 2 oz vegetable oil. Sauté the onions until caramelized.

Add finely mashed garlic, ginger and tomato paste, stir vigorously to combine.

Add a little water to prevent garlic from drying out. Add the carrots, stirring continuously. Add green beans.

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Gomen Wot

¼ lb. kale (or other hearty greens), stemmed and cut crosswise into ¼"-wide strips
1 yellow onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. niq'r kibbe spiced, clarified butter
½" piece ginger, peeled and minced
⅛ tsp. black cardamom seeds
⅛ tsp. ground fenugreek
⅛ tsp. nigella seeds
1 jalapeño, seeded, and minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
White wine vinegar, to taste

Heat butter in a 6-qt. pot over medium heat.

Add dry spices and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1–2 minutes.

Gomen Wot
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Mesir Wot

1 C red lentils
3 T nit'r qibe / oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp ground cardamom
⅓ C berbere spice
salt, pepper, sugar to taste

Place the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor or blender and puree. Add a little water if necessary.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the berbere spice and cardamom, stirring constantly to cook spices through, about 1 minute

Mesir Wot
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Homemade Applesauce

Why didn't I do this sooner? These proportions make about a quart.

6 medium apples (honeycrisp are a good choice)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice/cider (substitute water)

Core apples.
Slice into wedges.

In a large saucepan, combine juice, sugar, and apples.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for approximately 30 minutes, until apples are soft.
If necessary, allow to cook with cover off for a few minutes to reach desired liquid level (remember it will leech a little liquid when pureed).

Allow to cool.

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Broccoli with Soy Sauce

Based on this Bon Appetit recipe and a modified recipe we had at the 2014 Literary Feast.

4 cups broccoli florets
Kosher salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
1/4 cup oyster sauce (substitute soy sauce with a dash of Worcestershire)
4 teaspoons Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon (or more) 1/8'-thick slices of red Thai chiles
Pinch of ground white pepper
1/2 sake

Soy Chile Broccoli
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Rice Salad with Fava Beans and Pistachios

Another delicious Ottolenghi recipe, courtesy of Bon Appetit and tweaked just a bit.

½ cup wild rice
Kosher salt
1 cup basmati rice
1 dried Iranian lime (or keffir lime leaf)
2 cups fresh shelled fava beans (can substitute lima beans)
½ cup chopped fresh dill
½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup unsalted, raw pistachios
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
½ cup pomegranate seeds

Rice Salad with Fava Beans and Pistachios
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Hot Sauce

A Saveur recipe, modified by Merl and sent by Sharon.

1 lb. mixed medium-to-hot fresh chiles, stemmed and seeded if very hot (Merl recommends 1/2 jalapeños and 1/2 serranos; Saveur recommends red peppers like fresno, holland, or cayenne)
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1.5 tbsp. or more kosher salt, to taste
1/2 cup or more distilled white vinegar to taste

Green Salsa
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Corn Fritters

2 large eggs
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears' worth)
2 scalliona, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeded, finely chopped

2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying

Sour cream and lime wedges (for serving)

In a food processor, pulse eggs to blend. Add flour, Parmesan, and ½ tsp. kosher salt and pulse until combined. Add corn, scallion, and jalapeño; pulse 3-5 times until a consistent, oatmeal-y texture.

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Falafelesque Fritters

I found this recipe on the internet. It was easy to make and pretty tasty. Also, I would imagine you can use almost any green, making this a relatively healthy year-round dish.

4 cups stemmed and torn collard greens or swiss chard (about 1/4 lb or 1 bunch)
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or about 2/3 cup dry beans, soaked and cooked)
3 medium to large cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp tahini
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 salt
1/4 black pepper

Falafel Fritters
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Spice Crusted Winter Vegetables with Harissa Yogurt

2 pounds small carrots or other hearty winter vegetable (we used brussels sprouts), salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon English mustard powder
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander or fennel
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
Freshly ground black pepper

½ cup labneh (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon harissa paste
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Roasted vegetables with harissa labneh sauce
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Root Vegetable Slaw

This Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was a nice complement to his lamb shawarma dish. It was also a nice, bright, fresh salad at a time of year when you're craving anything but kale. Serving it with labneh makes it a more substantial dish.

Serves at least 4 as a side salad.

Root Vegetable Slaw
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Basmati and Wild Rice with Chickpeas, Currants and Herbs

This Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was amazing. The balance of the sweet currants with the curry-spiced chickpeas was surprising and delightful and the fried onions sealed the deal. Yes, it's got a lot of components, but it is totally worth it. I have halved the proportions to serve 8 as a side or 4 as a main.

Basmati with Wild Rice
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Purée Freneuse (Rice and Turnip Purée)

A surprise winter hit from Julia Child's
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2:

4 turnips (or rutabagas) (~3" diameter each) - chopped into ¼" cubes
2 cups milk
1 cup white rice
½ t salt
¼ t thyme
1 bay leaf
2 T butter
3 cloves garlic, mashed
3 T cream (or butter)
salt and white pepper to taste
parsley (optional, for garnish)

Rice and Turnip Puree
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JohnnyCakes and Festival

These Jamaican fried dumplings are traditionally called Johnny Cakes, which derived from the name journey cake. They go great with Ackee and Saltfish

2 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp Salt
3 tsp Baking powder
3 Tbsp Butter or margarine
3/4 cup Cold water
1/2 cup Cooking oil

Sift flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl, then blend butter into dry ingredients with hands or mixer until crumbly

Johnny Cakes
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Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa and Green Tahini Sauce

From Bon Appetit 2014 Food Lover's Cleanse

This combination and modification of three Bon Appetit recipes goes excellent together and produces a follow-up salad for lunches or a dinner later in the week. The Tahini sauce needs to be done at least 1 day in advance, and the vegetable roasting can largely be done ahead as well.

Serves 2 with leftovers for a salad (see below).

Roasted vegetables with green tahini sauce
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Lemongrass Chicken with Black Rice and Garlicky Bok Choy

From Bon Appetit 2014 Food Lover's Cleanse

Serves 4, or 2 + 2 leftover portions to use in a salad (see below).

Lemongrass Chicken
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Dinner Rolls

These rolls from the The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook are deceptively easy to make and great par-baked and frozen. We make these for Thanksgiving - they're one thing we can check off our list a few weeks in advance.

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  • 1 cup plus 1 Tbsp milk
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • Dinner Rolls
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    Cranberry Sauces

    Each recipe makes 2-3 half-pints, depending on how long you let the cranberries break down for. If you want to preserve these, process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

    Basic Cranberry Sauce

    1 (12-oz) bag fresh cranberries
    1/2 cup sugar
    3/4 cup water

    Bring water and sugar to boil. Add cranberries and cook over medium heat until berries have broken down to your desired level (15-20 mins). Stir occasionally and, if desired, mash with a potato masher to break berries down further.

    Horseradish Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry Sauce
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    Brioche

    Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

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    Beets with Citrus and Nuts

    1 ½ pounds beets, trimmed and halved horizontally
    1 ¼ c water
    salt and pepper
    3 T light brown sugar, packed
    1 shallot, sliced thin
    1 t grated lemon zest
    ½ c whole almonds, toasted and chopped
    2 T chopped fresh mint
    1 t chopped fresh thyme

    Place beets, cut side down, in a single layer in an 11-inch saute pan or dutch oven. Add water and 1/4 teas salt; bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce to low; cover and simmer until beets are tender, 45-50 minutes.

    Beets with citrus and almonds
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    Ciabatta

    Courtesy of Jon's mom.

    1 T yeast
    1½ C warm water
    3 C flour
    1½ t salt

    Mix together to form a dough

    Divide into 3, shape (loosely) and place on one or two parchment-paper lined baking sheets.

    Spray with olive oil, let double or more (approx. 30 minutes)

    Poke dents across the top of each loaf.

    Optional: sprinkle chopped rosemary and salt or other hardy spices on top.

    Bake at 450°F until tops are dry and lightly browned.

    Ciabatta
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    Corn Fritters

    Via WhatIHaventCookedYet, a recipe for corn fritters (not unlike Venezuelan cachapas):

    This is a slightly modified, and halved, version of the recipe.

    1/4 Tbsp salt
    1/2 Tbsp baking powder
    1/4 cup flour
    1/2 cup corn meal
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1/2 cups buttermilk
    1/8 cup melted butter
    1 Tbsp honey
    2 ears corn, kernels removed
    1/4 cup cheddar cheese
    Olive oil for frying

    Mix together dry ingredients – salt, baking powder, flour and corn meal – in a large bowl.

    Corn Fritters
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    Cold Sesame Noodles with Summer Vegetables

    We made a really great cold noodle salad, courtesy of Bon Appetit. It was made extra-delicious and protein-rich by topping it with leftover cold sliced grilled Malaysian steak skewers. Grill the skewers on the weekend and you have an easy weeknight meal almost ready to go!

    1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon Sriracha
    1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

    Cold Sesame Noodle Salad
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    Garlic Scape Pesto

    Garlic scape pesto is a wonderful thing. It is delicious, easy to make*, easy to use, and freezes well. We try and make a big batch of this when garlic scapes appear at the farmer's market in late spring. Freeze in ice cube trays for easy use later.

    2 cups garlic scapes, cut into ½" pieces (stringy and blender-killing otherwise!)
    ⅔ cup olive oil
    1 cup shredded parmesan (or substitute) cheese
    ⅓ cup pine nuts
    ⅓ tsp salt

    Blend all ingredients in food processor until a pasty consistency.

    Garlic Scape Pesto
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    Pea Pancakes

    Audrey was really excited about this recipe. Unfortunately, it sucked.

    1 cup shelled fresh peas (from about 1 pound pods)
    1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
    3 large eggs
    1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more for skillet
    4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for serving
    1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, melted

    Optional: If using fresh peas, cook in a small saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 3 minutes, Drain

    Pea Pancakes
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    Rice

    As someone who has no fewer than 5 kinds of rice in the house at any one time, I can attest that different kinds of rice require different cooking methods. Here are some of the most successful methods I've found for different kinds of rice:

    Rice
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    Juniper Cured Salmon

    This recipe is a modified version of one from the Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook, using a salt-cooking/curing method from the Pacific North-west:

    1/2 lb of raw salmon is one serving of cured salmon for lox/sandwich/in a salad.

    For under 1lb salmon: 1.5 cups each of plain, fine-grain kosher salt and sugar
    For a 1 lb salmon: 2.5 cups each salt/sugar
    For a 2 lb salmon: 3 cups each salt/sugar

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    Salmon Curing
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    Burnt Eggplant with Pomegranate Dip

    Ingredients:
    2 large eggplants
    3 gloves garlic, minced
    Grated zest of 1 large lemon
    Juice of 1 lemon
    4 Tbsp olive oil

    To finish:
    2 tablespoons parsley
    2 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped
    Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
    Salt and Pepper to taste

    Optional: top with smoked salt.

    Char eggplants on a stove top (~20 minutes), grill or on a broil mode in the oven (~45 minutes, turning twice). Turn around so it is very charred all around. If broiling, piece the skin in multiple places.

    Burnt Eggplant
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    Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Preserved Lemons

    We hosted family for Thanksgiving this year and found ourselves innovating to accommodate a gluten-free family member. We very easily modified David Lebovitz's original recipe to create a delicious dish that everyone loved.

    ​1 1/2-pounds butternut squash, peeled and seeded
    1 large onion, peeled and minced
    1 cup quinoa (alternatively, for a gluten dish, use 1 3/4 cup Israeli couscous, or Italian pepe-style pasta)
    1 small cinnamon stick
    1 large or 2 small preserved lemons

    Quinoa and Butternut Squash
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    Jennifer's Hot Rolls

    Jon's cousin-in-law Jennifer makes these delicious biscuity rolls.

    In a stand mixer bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1.5 tsp salt, and 2 cups warm water.

    Sprinkle on 2 packages yeast. Let it sit for a few minutes until it "blooms."

    Add 1 egg and 1/4 cup shortening.

    Mix in 5 1/2 cups flour using stand mixer with dough hook. Make sure to scrape down sides occasionally to ensure all flour gets mixed in.

    Let rise until doubled (~1 hour or so).

    Punch down.

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    Three Indian Chutneys

    These three sauces go great with naan, chana chat, and ragda patties.

    Mint Chutney

    Indian Chutneys
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    Pinto Beans / Frijoles

    1 lb dried beans, soaked overnight
    1 hamhock
    2 hatch peppers, roasted and sliced
    bacon grease
    pepper, smoked salt

    I'm not sure it's possible to really make beans without a hamhock.  I've tried. 

    Soak the beans overnight; rinse.  Place back in large pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer. Add hamhock, bacon grease, and peppers.  Let simmer for as many hours as possible.  Add pepper and smoked salt close to the end to taste.

     

     

    Chiles Rellenos
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    White Bean Ragout

    Based on this recipe from Bon Appetit, we modified it to use what we had on hand, and it turned out great.

    1/2 large onion
    1/2 red pepper
    2 clove garlic (mince one, reserve one for the bread)
    2 tablespoons marinara sauce (or tomato paste)
    1 can (15oz) Cannellini beans (rinsed, drained)
    1 cup vegetable broth
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    parmesan cheese, grated
    extra-virgin olive oil
    Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
    parsley, chopped (optional)

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    Bean Salad

    This dish makes a great week-long side dish for summer - a chilled, but protein-rich vegetarian dish!

    1 can black beans
    1 can pinto or small red beans
    1 can small white beans
    2-3 jalapenos, chopped
    1 medium white onion, diced
    1 bunch cilantro, lightly chopped
    juice of 2 limes
    1 can or 2 ears corn (boil, cut off kernels)
    salt and pepper to taste
    salsa, to taste

    Avocado
    Tomato
    more limes to taste

    Mix together all but avocado and tomato and let the flavors marry overnight. Add chopped avocado and tomato, and more limes and salsa to taste, upon serving.

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    Cold Soba Noodle Salad

    A great side dish that could, with the addition of a protein, take center stage. Goes great as a side to Japanese grilling.

    1/2 packet (~4.5 oz) soba noodles
    1/4 cup rice vinegar
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
    1 tablespoon wasabi paste

    1/4 cup minced green onions

    In a large bowl, mix rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and wasabi. Pour about half the dressing into a small bowl and reserve, keeping the rest in the bowl.

    Cold Soba Noodles
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    (Spicy) Pimiento Mac and Cheese

    I made a tweaked version of this Bon Appetit recipe. It was good, especially from a mac and cheese perspective - gooey and all the rest of that. I'm not sure how I actually felt about the spicy pimiento cheese aspect of it. Perhaps next time I will downplay the spicy pimiento and just use the basic recipe as a base for a more traditional mac and cheese dish.

    Ingredients
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
    1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

    Spicy Mac and Cheese
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    Party Pasta Salad

    I was inspired by a few online recipes, but pretty much made this up as I went along. It turned out delicious and was a big hit!

    1 lb pasta (orecchiette or some other smallish one preferred)
    1 medium-sized jar of sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained, chopped and olive oil reserved
    1/2 small red onion, finely diced
    1 small tomato, finely diced
    ~1/2 lb feta, crumbled.

    Pasta Salad
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    Argentine Chimichurri

    Oh, how I learned to love a steak while honeymooning in Argentina.
    Chimichurri, you are the secret.
    So delicious.
    And delightful.
    You have brought me to the land of grilled meats.
    And my grill-master husband thanks you.
    Forever, and beyond.

    Head of garlic (~ 10 cloves)
    1/2 medium or whole small onion, chopped
    1/3 cup roughly chopped red bell pepper
    1/2 bunch parsley, leaves and tender stems only, roughly chopped
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp dried thyme
    1 large bay leaf, crumbled
    1/2 tsp sweet paprika
    1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp ground pepper

    Delectable Chimichurri
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    Trinidadian Macaroni Pie

    Throughout college, I had several Trinidadian friends (including a great freshman year roommate). One of the easiest (and most delicious and most fattening) dishes we would eat was macaroni pie. I stole this recipe from CaribbeanPot.com and it was quite tasty.

    14 oz "macaroni" (we used bucattini pasta)
    1/2 medium onion diced finely
    1 habanero or scotch bonnet diced finely (optional)
    2 large eggs
    1 can evaporated milk (~12 oz)
    2 tbsp butter, melted
    1/3 tsp dry mustard
    2 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided

    Trini Macaroni Pie
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    Ian's Corn Casserole

    This recipe, courtesy of our friend Ian (though we promised to keep it a secret...thus not promoting it on the Recipe Box) is really tasty. I mean, it's made from cans (which is sort of anti our whole food philosophy), but it's good... really good. So, I collect the recipe and will one day make it on some turkey-centric holiday and take credit for making it from scratch!

    Makes a 9 inch by 9 inch glass baking pan.

    • 1 16oz can of corn (with liquid)
    • 1 16oz can of cream corn
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 box of Jiffy corn muffin mix
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
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    Seared Scallops with Pommes

    This was in response to our taking advantage of a recent livinggrouponsocial deal with Arganica, and opting for one of their more CSA-like "give me a box of random local, organic goodies." We're already, honestly, pretty damned tired of kale and brussel sprouts, and hoped this would provide something slightly different. We got... chard and turnips. Well, OK. The dinner turned out quite good, and is somewhere between classic French and New American. We made the chard into a warm salad by wilting it and steaming it with a bit of apple cider, then tossing it with vinegar and adding pecans.

    Seared Scallops
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    Foams

    A holding place for all things foam, thanks to my iSi Creative Whip.

    First up, a blue cheese foam to top steak with:
    1 oz blue cheese (Roquefort)
    1 oz cream
    1 T milk
    blend until perfectly smooth, whip, chill, serve.

    Next up, a raita-yogurt foam
    1.5 oz raita (yogurt, raita spices, lemon juice)
    1.5 oz cream
    mix, whip, chill, serve. Great on cucumber slices.

    Chimichurri foam
    oil/vinegar mix from chimichurri, strained
    a tad of Stubbs mopping sauce (or other vinegary BBQ sauce)
    apple cider vinegar for volume

    Raita Foam
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    Deviled Potato Salad

    Because of my awesome cole slaw recipe, whenever BBQ season rolls around I always forget that I also have an awesome (borrowed) potato salad recipe.

    I have unabashedly used Rachel Ray's recipe and added eggs (in my opinion, a must!).

    Ingredients
    6 all-purpose potatoes, peeled and diced
    3 eggs, hard boiled and diced
    Coarse salt
    1/4 onion

    Potato Salad
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    Pepper Slaw

    1/4 lb. shredded green cabbage
    2/3 red bell pepper, cut into slivers
    1/3 green bell pepper, cut into slivers
    1/3 poblano pepper (or similar moderate heat pepper), cut into slivers
    1/2 c. apple cider, rice, or red wine vinegar (or a mix of all three!)
    2 Tbsp sugar
    Salt and celery seed (or celery salt) to taste
    Pepper

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    Sauteed Fresh Chickpeas

    Delicious and easy ... if you can find fresh chick peas (garbanzo beans).

    2 cups fresh garbanzo beans, washed
    olive oil to coat pan
    pat butter (if desired, for flavor)
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tbsp water

    Heat oil and butter in sautee pan. Add garbanzo beans in a single layer. Add water and lemon juice. Cover. Cook about 4 minutes, or until undersides of bean start to brown and burn. Only shake side to side while cooking.

    Pour into a bowl (with oil/juices) and serve. Eat sort of like edamame. Lick fingers.

    Fresh Chickpeas
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    Red Wine Risotto

    A twist on classic risotto. Doesn't taste too red winey.

    From http://www.newitalianrecipes.com/red-wine-risotto.html. Makes 3-4 side dish servings.

    Ingredients:
    About 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth. (Amount needed to finish the red wine risotto will vary, so have an extra cup ready, just in case.)
    5 fresh basil leaves
    1 sprig fresh thyme
    1 T extra virgin olive oil
    1.5 T minced shallots
    2 cloves minced garlic
    1/2 cup Italian Arborio rice
    1/3 cup good quality red wine

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    Shrimp and Grits

    For the shrimp:
    8 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
    2 T butter, melted
    1 T cajun seasoning
    dash Old Bay
    dash Celery Salt

    For the grits:
    1/2 cup grits
    2 1/4 cups water
    2 T unsalted butter
    1 t salt
    1 t minced garlic
    1/2 cup grated cheese (a 50/50 mix of cheddar and jarlsberg works great)
    dash paprika

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    Cajun Seasoning

    3 Tablespoons kosher salt
    2 Tablespoons chili powder
    2 Tablespoons Hungarian paprika
    1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
    1/2 Tablespoon celery powder/salt
    1/2 Tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
    1/2 Tablespoon dried basil
    1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano
    1/4 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoons dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/8 teaspoon cumin
    1/8 teaspoon white pepper

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    Louisiana Dirty Rice

    Adapted from RecipeZaar

    2 cup brown rice (or 1 cup brown rice and 1 cup white rice)
    4 cups water or broth
    1 Tbsp butter

    1 bell pepper, finely chopped
    1 onion, finely chopped
    2 celery ribs (tops and all), finely chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons bacon drippings

    1/16lb andouille sausage, crumbled
    2 tablespoons pecans or walnuts

    Tabasco sauce
    Worcestershire sauce
    salt
    cayenne
    black pepper

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    Jeweled Rice

    Growing up, I was exposed to much delicious Persian food (owing to the large Iranian population in LA). One of my favorite dishes is Zereshk Polo - basmati rice with barberries and sometimes other dried fruits and nuts. I started with zereshk polo and added other ingredients commonly found in jeweled rice, ending up in a hybrid recipe of sorts.

    Adapted from this recipe. Makes enough rice to serve 4.

    Zeresk Polo
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    Apricot Couscous

    1 cup couscous
    1 small red onion, small dice
    1 1/2 cups chicken stock, warm
    1/4 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
    1/4 cup whole almonds toasted, coarsely chopped
    2 scallions green parts only
    1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
    1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped plus leaves for garnish
    1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    pinch of lemon zest
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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    Fried Rice

    This recipe is meant to mimic the fried rice of my favorite LA Chinese restaurant - Yang Chow (or Hunam, as it was called in my youth). The key feature is that it isn't loaded down with soy sauce. Your diners can always add it post-cooking.

    Serves 4 as a side dish:

    Ingredients
    1 cup chinese/short-grain rice, cooked (Put 1 cup rice, 1.5 cups water in pot. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.) and fluffed with spoon or fork
    2 eggs, lightly beaten

    Fried Rice
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    Fried Potstickers

    When I was a little kid, my mom and I once made dumplings/potstickers with this neat white foldy press (that helps crimp them together). There's a really cute picture of me at about 3 years old, standing on a step-stool, wearing an apron, and proudly holding up a potsticker.

    Anyway, on a recent visit to Los Angeles, I saw the potsticker crimper sitting in a drawer (probably unused by my mother since that day in the photo), and asked if I could take it home. (I subsequently saw the exact same crimper for sale at Hill's Kitchen about a week later, but oh well.) With the proper implement in hand, and having just acquired a "Cook's Illustrated" recipe for perfect potstickers (compliments of Jon's mom), we went to making potstickers.

    The recipe that follows is a combination of the Cook's recipe and the handwritten one my mom had from an Asian cooking class she took long ago. No doubt that is the recipe I followed at age 5.

    Potstickers Fried
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    Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

    We really enjoy the vegetarian dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with rice and other sundies) from Eastern Market, and so we thought we'd try and make them ourselves. We found grape leaves in brine at the supermarket and went from there. While I do enjoy cooking "projects," I have to admit that this one is pretty labor intensive. It's delicious, but undertake with caution.

    I cobbled together the recipe from online sources.

    Makes about 40 dolmades.

    Dolmades
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    Yogurt Dips

    I never met a yogurt dip I didn't like. Seriously. If there's ever one on a menu, I order it. I will slather it on everything, especially middle eastern and mediterranean foods.

    Instead of proliferating pages and pages of yogurt dip recipes, I've decided to collect them all here. In most cases, the dips will be better on the second day once the flavors have had a chance to marry.

    Shallot Yogurt Sauce/Dip
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    Kale with Bacon, Cranberries, Onions, and Cheese

    Makes a nice side dish for two. Any type of kale will do, Very easy to double, triple, etc until pan size becomes limiting factor.

    Courtesy of the Washington Post Express (page 36).

    Kale and Bacon
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    Sharon's egg and chile souffle

    3 large Hatch green chiles; roasted, chopped and seeded (or 2 small cans chopped green chiles)
    1 can corn (optionally briefly blended with hand blender to break down)
    1 small zucchini, sliced into half moons and salted for 10-30 minutes to release excess water
    1/2 lb. Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
    6 Eggs
    8oz sour cream

    Serves 4

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    Mix chiles, corn, and zucchini in a bowl.

    Layer chile mix with the grated cheese in an buttered or greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish.

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    Audrey's Cole Slaw

    I learned to make this by watching my mom, so I don't really have an exact recipe. But, this is my best guess:

    1/2 green cabbage, shredded with "slicer" disk in food processor
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/8 cup of sugar
    2-3 Tbsp apple cider or red wine vinegar
    1/2 tsp of horseradish (red or white, doesn't really matter)
    Fresh-ground black pepper to taste
    Optional: slivers of apples, raisins, or halved grapes - for a little extra sweet explosion

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    (Lightly) Candied Pecans

    Jon's grandmother has a pecan tree in her yard. Two years ago, it was very prolific and we received a huge bag of pecans to bring back to DC. Having now waited two years for Jon to make a pecan pie, I decided to candy some of them. Note these are not the heavily sugared pecans you would have as a dessert, but more like a salad topper.

    From http://www.slashfood.com/2006/10/24/candied-pecans-easy-and-addictive/

    CandiedPecans
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    Falafel

    ... or you could just buy falafel mix and add water. We didn't actually follow this recipe, but it looks good.

    http://mideastfood.about.com/od/maindishes/r/falafelrecipe.htm

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    Melon and Mint Tabbouleh

    A twist on a classic mediterranean salad. The melon makes it sweet instead of savory. Any kind of melon will do. Should keep in the fridge about 5 days. The lime juice will slowly absorb into the bulgar, so add extra lime each day to bring back the tang.

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Melon-and-Mint-Tabbouleh-12...

    Melon and Mint Tabbouleh
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    Fresh Mango Salsa / Chutney

    This is a great fresh chutney that could go with most carribean or indian dishes. Vary the size of the mango chunks to taste.

    Mango Salsa
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    Yogurt Sourdough Bread

    this recipe uses the sourness and bacteria from yogurt to fake a sourdough. It's not fantastic, but it's a lot easier than feeding a starter all the time.

    * 1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt * 2/3 cup water * 1 tablespoon lemon juice * 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, softened * 3.25 cups bread machine flour * 1 tablespoon sugar * 1.5 teaspoon salt * 3 teaspoons regular active dry yeast OR * 2.75 teaspoons bread machine or quick-acting active dry yeast

    Bake on French Bread cycle

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    Egg Bread

    This recipe, from Diana's Desserts tasted great, but was not the best for the bread machine - it was super flaky/crumbly, and took some serious effort to extract. Perhaps using the machine to make the dough and then continuing in the oven would work better?

    Ingredients for 1 Pound Loaf:
    1/2 cup milk
    1 large egg
    1 tablespoon butter or margarine, cut up
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    2 cups bread flour
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar

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    Mediterranean Style Hummus

    Adapted from a blog that apparently isn't public anymore.

    Hummus
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    Stuffed Mushrooms

    Audrey's family's stuffed mushrooms. A vegetarian (but not vegan) treat. Always a hit at parties and holiday meals.

    Stuffed Mushrooms
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    Potato Latkes

    Audrey's family's latke recipe with a few process tips taken from Cook's Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times.
    See also the kitchn for an actual recipe. Closer to hashbrowns than pancakes. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

    Latkes
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    Truffle Cream Sauce

    Inspired by the best meal we had in Paris, at Un Jour a Peyrassol. Goes with the potato gnocchi.

    Truffle Cream Sauce with Agniolotti, served with salad and a roll
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    Gallo Pinto

    Gallo Pinto is a stable Nicaraguan dish of rice and beans. It goes great with carne asada for dinner, or with fried plantains and cheese for a hearty breakfast.

    Makes a lot. Halve for a more reasonable yield.

    • 2 cups small "centroamerica" red beans.
    • 1 small or medium onion
    • 3 cups (700 ml) chicken broth (could sub in vegetable broth to make it vegetarian)
    • 2 cups (350 ml) precocido / parbroiled white rice
    • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
    • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil 1-3 Tablespoon oil to fry the Gallo Pinto
    Gallo Pinto
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    Jamaican Rice and Peas

    2 cans dark red kidney beans
    1 can coconut milk
    3 cups water or broth
    2 cups rice
    1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, whole
    4 T butter
    salt, pepper and thyme

    In a very large pot, heat kidney beans with their can-water, water, coconut milk, and spices until simmering. Add rice, butter and pepper. Bring back to simmer, let cook, covered until done, approx. 30 minutes. Remove cover near the end, to let the mixture dry out a little.

    Rice and Peas
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    Dal

    • 1 ½ cups red lentils, washed and drained
    • 1 ½ tbsp. ghee
    • 1 large onion, finely diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
    • 2 small chilis or ½ tsp. dried red chilli flakes
    • 1 tbsp. curry powder
    • 1 tsp. ground coriander
    • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
    • ½ tsp. ground cumin
    • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 tomato, finely diced
    • 4 cups water or veg stock
    • salt & pepper to taste

    In a large pot over medium heat, add the ghee to melt. Add the onion and cook, stirring until very soft and translucent and slightly yellow, about 6-8 minutes.

    Dal
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    Chinese Long Beans

    1 1/2 lb Chinese long beans*
    1/2 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (2 1/2 oz; not cocktail peanuts)
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    2 to 3 small fresh Thai chiles** (to taste), finely chopped
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
    1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    Add shrimp to make a full meal

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    Sunchoke Bread

    Along with sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes), this savory quick bread includes herbs, turnip, parsnip, celery, soy milk, and maple syrup.

    Note: untried!

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Ingredients:
    2 medium Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes)
    2 cups spelt or whole wheat flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    Herbs: basil, coriander, thyme, sage, dill...any of your favorites
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 carrot
    1/2 of a turnip
    1/2 of a parsnip
    1 stalk celery
    1/2 cup soy milk
    1/2 to 1 cup water
    2 Tablespoons maple syrup

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    Arepa

    The Arepa is the Venezuelan staple, and their version of meat-in-bread. They're very filling, if hard to get the flour for. Online, Amigo Foods offers it (Harina P.A.N.), and often you can find it at more Latin-oriented groceries (Austin: Fiesta almost always has it. In DC, I've found it at La Casa Latina on Georgia near Piney Branch and at Caribbean Market II on New Hampshire near Takoma Park)

    Arepas
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    Flour Tortillas

    Makes twelve 6-inch (15-cm) tortillas

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening or butter
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup warm water

    In a bowl, combine the flour, shortening and salt. Using your fingers, cut with strong fork until the mixture looks crumbly. Mix in the warm water until the ingredients come together in a ball. Knead the dough in the bowl until smooth, about 3 minutes.

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    Cornbread

    Cornbread from scratch. The "one kit" recipe is for one normal-sized loaf. The "three kit" recipe is for Turkey and Dressing. When making cornbread for dressing, do not use stone ground cornmeal for the cornbread...although it makes great cornbread, it makes lousy dressing, it absorbs too much liquid.

    One Kit
    1 c. yellow cornmeal (Not stone ground)
    1 c. flour
    1 T sugar (optional if you are not feeding Yankees)
    4 t. baking powder
    1/2 t. salt
    1 c. milk
    1/4 c. shortening
    1 egg

    Three Kits
    3 c. yellow cornmeal (Not stone ground)

    Cornbread
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    Peasant Bread

    Thick and crusty, relatively easy to make. Bonuses, it has almost no fat (it uses steam to keep it moist, but this means it doesn't last long. It's easy to add creativity to the recipe with herbs and cheese. However, this bread is fucking excellent right out of the oven with soft butter and honey.

    peasantbread-withbisque.jpg
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    Naan

    These naan are nice and buttery and go great with all indian foods. Easy to prepare ahead of time and refrigerate. The texture's not quite right (probably due to my lack of a tandoor), but they're still pretty excellent.

    Naan
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    Pupusas

    SALVADORAN PUPUSAS By Graciela Fortin-Magana

    Preparing the dough
    There are different brands of tortilla flour to make the dough. MASECA, which can be found in most large supermarkets in the international section, is one of them but there are others. Follow the instructions on the bag and make as much dough as needed. Once the dough has been prepared set it aside while you prepare the filling.

    Three Fillings
    CHEESE
    3 cups of shredded cheese (use hard and cream cheese mixed together; you can mix frying cheese, mozzarella and ricotta)
    3 or 4 tablespoons of heavy cream

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    Drinker's Choice

    In Austin, there used to be a fantastic Turkish restaurant called Ararat - one of Austin's best kept restaurant secrets (that everyone knows). They had bellydancing all weekend and live bands during the week, and some of the best middle eastern food you'll find. It was a small place with rug-covered walls that was always jam-packed.

    Drinker's Choice
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    Wild Mushroom Arancini

    From delicious magazine. Difficult to form, but tasty! Freeze (and reheat) leftovers for an easy weeknight meal.

    2 tbsp butter
    1 cup assorted wild or chestnut mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
    1 onion, finely chopped
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    1.5 cups arborio rice
    1/3 cup white wine
    3 cups vegetable stock, hot (approx - make more if needed)
    1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
    4 oz buffalo mozzarella ball, cut into 12 pieces
    4 tbsp plain flour
    3 tbsp vegetable oil

    Arancini
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    Sweet Buttermilk Spoon Bread

    From Bon Appetit: "Classic spoon bread is a savory pudding served as a side dish. In this dessert version, the slightly sweetened batter is baked in individual ramekins, then topped with strawberry preserves."

    1 cup water
    2/3 cup buttermilk
    1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
    2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon honey
    1/4 teaspoon (scant) coarse kosher salt
    2/3 cup white cornmeal (not white grits)
    2 large eggs, separated
    Pinch of cream of tartar
    Strawberry preserves

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    Lebanese Tabbouleh

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    1/2 cup fine bulgur
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 cup boiling-hot water
    2 cups finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (from 2 bunches)
    1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint
    2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
    1/2 cucumber, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
    3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    Tabbouleh
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