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Sesame-Ginger Red Cabbage

Oh good, something plain and simple on the vegetable front. Seems like it’s been a while since that’s happened. It seems like every time I cook red cabbage I end up using a combination of sweet and sour flavours, so I was determined that this time I would do something different. So I did. That’s pretty much the story of …

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Candied Ginger & Coconut Beets

This is a lovely, simple dish, if a little on the rich side. The final preparation to serve the dish is minimal; it’s cooking the beets in the first place that takes the time. It can be done in advance though. I have visions of cutting the beets with a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter and serving this at Valentine’s day, …

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Fatayer bil-Sabanegh / Spinach Triangles Recipe

Makes 25-30The dough for these triangles is used with a number of fillings to make both the triangles below, and the fried crescents known as sambusak in the following recipe. You can vary on the spinach filling here by using purslane (leaves only), sorrel, Swiss chard, dandelion or wild thyme. Whichever you chose, the quantities and instructions will be the …

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Broad bean, feta and toasted sesame hummus recipe

An Ottolenghi-style feta dip, perfect to kick off a late lunch this summer.INGREDIENTS31/4 cups (500g) frozen broad beans, blanched, refreshed, peeled2 tbs tahini400g can cannellini beans2 garlic cloves, crushedJuice of 11/2 lemons200g feta2 tbs sesame seeds, toastedFlFlowering garlic shoots (from Asian grocers) and grissini, to serveMETHOD1 Place broad beans, tahini, cannellini beans, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor …

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Delicata Squash – They’re Not Just for Decorating Anymore

I always look forward to seeing delicata squash appear in the Fall, but with that comes a certain amount of frustration, since I’m pretty sure there are plenty of shoppers who walk right past it, thinking it’s some sort of decorative gourd. They do look like those ornamental cornucopia fillers, which is why I’ve been tempted to walk up to …

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How to Make Spätzle (aka Spaetzle) – Little Sparrows for Big Meat

Apparently “Spätzle” translates to “little sparrows” in German, which makes a lot of sense when you consider their shape. What doesn’t make sense is why these micro-dumplings are also called “spaetzle.” Is it an alternate spelling? A different recipe? I’m hoping maybe some of our German foodwishers can clear this up. Since my favorite German restaurant calls this stuff spätzle, …

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Rice-Ah-Roni – The San Francisco Treat?

While it’s true this great side dish was invented in The City, to call it “the San Francisco treat” is a bit of a stretch. Like I said in the video, the next time I see this served around here, will be the first. I’d say a Mission-style burrito is the real San Francisco treat. Which reminds me, I seriously …

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Halli’s Perfect Guacamole

You know how you’re always trying to find the perfect balance in a guacamole? Haha, or is that just me? I swear when I go to make a guacamole, I can never get the proportions right. Well this search ended when my cousin magically made me the perfect guacamole one day. She had been working on it for months, trying …

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Favorite Potato Salad

It has been a while since I posted a new recipe.  This recipe for potato salad isn’t new but an all-time favorite.  I’ve been making it for years and I’m surprised I’ve never posted it.  Today we are having a cookout and this potato salad is always requested.  It’s a basic recipe and turns out perfect every time. Ingredients: 2 …

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