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Pot au feu

Pot au feu is a French  classic peasant  dish that's wonderful for winter. Or for early spring. It consists of secondary cuts of  beef and cartilaginous marrow bones. You slow cook them with carrots, leeks, onion and spices. To perfect it, avoid...

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Suzy Q Redux

Store bought snack food have been on my radar for sometime, reminding me of my childhood where processed foods, were a no-no. Anytime I'd sneak a taste, it was sinful bliss. One  in particular was Suzy Q's, a chocolate cake sandwiched with sweet...

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I finally made a proper batch of kimchi at home. David Lebobvitz's newsletter inspired me. In it, he described kimchi as "easy to make, difficult to mess up." Perhaps previous attempts at work (which were more messy than easy) were impaired by the stress...

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Moqueca is a Brazilian fish stew that has interested me but I had yet to experience. In one of the evenings during the holidays, I decided to give it a try in my home kitchen. It's a lovely tropical dish described in song by Gal Costa, a Bahian singer, here in her...

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Last January I made a zampone. Well, almost ten full months later I took it out to enjoy with a pot of homemade lentil soup. What surprised me was the gelatin. It was perfectly clear. When I cut the cotechino, the mosaic speckled fat and meat. It was perfectly...

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Some dishes can stay in your imagination, the totality of their presence emerging within a millimeter of a moment. Such intensity led me to prepare yakisoba recently. I love this dish. And decided to feature it for my staff meal a few weeks ago. Though it's...

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