Monthly Archives: October 2011

What’s your favorite kitchen tool?

Think about it for a minute. What’s your favorite tool in the kitchen that you go to time after time? It might be an appliance makes your life easy in some way. Or it might be an old muffin pan … Continue reading

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Making a Simple Pie Crust

Weigh the flour and grate the cheese. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, pepper and cheddar cheese together the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade. Pulse a few times to evenly disperse everything through the flour. Slice the … Continue reading

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Brown Butter Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

Last year I took a very fun week-long cooking class outside Albuquerque to learn more about authentic New Mexican and Mexican cooking. Like many classes like this, it kicked off with a group dinner so we could all meet each … Continue reading

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Slow Food: Cooking Chickpeas

Slow soak + slow cook + slow cooling off yields the best results in cooking chickpeas from a dried form. Just consider that this is a trip to the spa for little beans, to bring out the best in them. … Continue reading

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Pan-Fried Chickpea Salad with Curried Yogurt

What a heart-full weekend this was. Last Friday I flew down to LA to stay with friends while I attended an amazing food styling and photography workshop put on by the White on Rice Couple. If you’re interested in food … Continue reading

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Tomorrow I’ll be posting a favorite recipe of mine for a Pan-Fried Chickpea Salad with a Curried Yogurt dressing that I’ve modified quite a bit over the last year from the first time I saw this great recipe on 101 … Continue reading

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Going With Strengths Instead of Fighting Weaknesses: Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Soup with Parmesan Crostini

You might think that since this is the second recipe I’ve posted with eggplants in a starring role, that I like them. But I’d have to be honest and admit they’re not my favorite. They can be too soggy fare … Continue reading

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