From the monthly archives:

April 2011

Some Like It Hot: Shrimp in Aguachile

by Karen April 29, 2011
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For those that understand a little Spanish, you know that this dish is HOT.  Camarones en aguachile is a Mexican ceviche where raw shrimp is marinated in a chile-lime juice mixture, or aguachile (“chile water”).  Like most ceviches it is prepared with few ingredients and uses the magic of acid to “cook” the protein. how […]

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iCook: Moroccan Chicken with Apricot Couscous and Persian Yogurt

by Valerie April 28, 2011
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This hearty dish I've come to crave when it's cold out and I have a nice chunk of time to fiddle in the kitchen. It's somehow very soothing to me to clean chicken thighs and chop herbs for hours and this dish is even better when reheated, which means it makes for a week's worth […]

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Odd Eats: Ambergris, A New Dimension Of Flavor

by Karen April 26, 2011
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Ambergris.  Sounds whimsical, like an beautiful flower or a rare gemstone. In actuality, it’s whale poop. Well, sort of. Ambergris is a waxy solid substance that is produced in the digestive system of sperm whales and protects the digestive track from sharp items ingested like squid beaks. Freshly regurgitated or excreted ambergris supposedly smells horrific […]

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Japanese Potato Salad

by Karen April 19, 2011
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One of the highlights of a Japanese meal for me is the potato salad. Leave it to the Japanese to elevate something so prosaic into a light, subtle and creamy dish, the farthest thing from the heavy oily mess that we often associate with potato salad. One bite of this delight and it transports me […]

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iCook: Grilled Cheese and Marmite Sandwich with Tomato Soup

by Valerie April 18, 2011
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Just over a year ago I returned home from a two-year excursion studying education in Cape Town, South Africa, a magical place I now consider my second home. I had many wonderful experiences there with South African food like bobotie, but I also had the pleasure of meeting many other foreigners like myself who introduced […]

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Ragù alla Bolognese: The Start of a Quest

by Karen April 15, 2011
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I feel like for a classic such as ragù alla bolognese (bolognese sauce) this post should start with an inspired story of my first authentic plate of bolognese. Bolognese, as the name suggests, originates from Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, a northern region of Italy that is home to rich soulful Italian foods like hearty ragus, […]

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Baba Ghanoush

by Karen April 11, 2011
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Almost everyone is familiar with baba ghanoush. The less popular and frankly– uglier cousin of hummus (although not as obscure as this cousin) is traditional starter throughout certain parts of the Middle East and the Levant, with each region having its own spin on the eggplant spread.  While hummus enjoys popularity in home kitchens (largely […]

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Guest Post: Serbian Stuffed Peppers

by Karen April 4, 2011
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Please welcome Lana from Bibberche, an incredible food blogger whose writing beautifully intertwines personal stories with food.  This guest post is unique because Lana and I had the opportunity to take advantage of proximity and cook together– quite possibly the best way to share food. buy papers for college online I have never written a […]

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