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Smoked Portobello Bacon

This is the best thing I have tasted in a while. Mushrooms are bursting with umami, and together with the saltiness of the brine and the smokiness of the smoking the overall effect is very bacony. We have been enjoying them on BLTs (which will be even more awesome when our own tomatoes ripen), veggie burgers, and in scrambled tofu.  INGREDIENTS …

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Grilled Mushroom Caesar Salad

This is a recipe I developed over two years ago that never saw the light of day. With BBQ season now upon us I thought would dust it off. There is perhaps nothing I love more that a marinated, grilled oyster mushroom. And certainly everyone will think you’re a fun guy when you make this traditional side salad as the main …

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Smoked Tofu

Smoked tofu is not hard to make but it takes some planning and time to make it right. This recipe is perfect for sandwiches, pizza, or anytime you need salty and smoky flavour. INGREDIENTS – double recipe of brine – Two 1 lb blocks of firm/extra from tofu – 4 cups smoking chips – water – aluminum foil METHOD 1. …

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Umami Burgers

These burgers came about from trying to use up the cans of chickpeas in my fridge from making batch after batch of Lemon Meringue Tarts. I first turned to my three go to sources of umami: tomatoes, soy sauce, and mushrooms. For texture, I used barley (like my Tourtière recipe). The end result is a durable (i.e. grillable) and non-mushy …

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Brined Double Wide Pork Chops

the BEST PORK CHOP i have EVER made!!!! truly worth a try. i’ve done it 3-4 times.  delicious! saw this recipe on the food network, Anne Burrell’s show.  its much more flavorful than a regular brine. worth the extra chopping. ORIGINAL found HERE from Anne Burrell Food Network INGREDIENTS FOR THE BRINE 1/2 cup salt1/3 cup sugar1 Tbsp fennel seeds2 …

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BBQ Turkey Tails with Hoisin Sesame Glaze

if pigs could fly this would be the PORK BELLY BITE OF THE BIRD. “the last thing over the fence is the best bite of the bird” TRUST ME !!! this is not anything like the semi tough roasted turkey tail from your Thanksgiving Turkey. IT IS FAR BEYOND. you must try a turkey tail… BUT it must be properly …

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