Wake Up Your Burgers With Sichuan Peppercorns

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May 28, 2015 // Uncategorized



Inspired by beef momo seasoned with the tingly heat of Sichuan peppercorns, these burgers are spiked with a fragrant mixture of that spice, plus cumin, star anise, fennel, chili flakes, and brown sugar. A tangy chili mayo with plenty of fresh ginger and cucumber pickles round it out.
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I’ve always maintained that good technique is the key to creativity and freedom in the kitchen—once you learn the basics, you have the tools to start cooking the way you want, whether that guiding principle is history, family, tradition, Pastafarianism, or in the case of this simple pan-roasted chicken with morel mushrooms, seasonality. This recipe combines two simple techniques into one brand new dish.
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Shanghai is a magnificent, pulsing magnet for migrants from all over China, and that diversity has made it the country’s street food epicenter. Let’s just say it’s enough to overwhelm the senses, albeit in the best possible way. These are 14 of the city’s most popular, not-to-be-missed dishes, from local specialties to dishes born elsewhere in China but no less beloved by the city’s locals.
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Most of us have our grilling standbys. For some, it’s burgers, for others it’s ribs. For me, it’s chicken wings, and in particular these spicy wings marinated with soy sauce, fish sauce Shaoxing wine, and spices. Here’s how to make them.
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How does one farm this strange beast the shape of a giant tumescent wang and what does it take to pull this freaky animal from the ground? What makes a geoduck taste its best? We went to the source to find out, touring Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington.
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When I have leftover mac and cheese and pulled pork after party, I don’t just reheat it and eat it the next day. I fold them together into these outrageous fried mac and cheese wedges, stuffed with barbecue-sauced pulled pork and coated in a sweet cornbread crust.
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Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Radishes?

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May 27, 2015 // Uncategorized



Depending on the kind you get, radishes can be brilliant in their peppery crunch or infuriating in their inability to soften or roast. So we polled a panel of chefs to help us get the best out of the stubborn little vegetables.
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Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Radishes?

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May 27, 2015 // Uncategorized



Depending on the kind you get, radishes can be brilliant in their peppery crunch or infuriating in their inability to soften or roast. So we polled a panel of chefs to help us get the best out of the stubborn little vegetables.
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A real, honest-to-goodness crawfish boil can be a highlight of spring, but there are a few things to remember, both as host and guest. Here are 9 rules to memorize before (and after) the mudbug peeling begins. (more…)

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Karina's quinoa taco salad recipe with avocado and lime- gluten-free, vegan, flavorful and light. Fresh!

Taco Salad Days

Looking for a fresh idea for a summer picnic or backyard get-together? This cool and breezy quinoa taco salad might be just what you're craving. Laced with lime juice and sea salt, the combo of fluffy quinoa and ripe avocado, spiked with red onion and sunny sweet pepper, served on a crisp bed of romaine lettuce, is a light and healthy twist on the salsa drenched bean and cheese heavy taco salads so ubiquitous years ago.

It's a total win for gluten-free vegans and vegetarians.

And let's face it.

QuinoaLime quinoa salad with taco seasonings and corn chips is much more hip than canned re-fried beans.
The inspiration for a quinoa taco salad was sparked over on the Gluten-Free Goddess Facebook page. Reader (and long distance friend) Patsy commented on a thread about Memorial Day picnic salads, mentioning her current fave, quinoa taco salad.

We all perked up. 

Quinoa? As a taco salad? Brilliant. 
Patsy generously shared her recipe with me. It called for diced tomatoes, black beans and cheese, so I revamped the flavors to create a FODMAPs-friendly dairy-free vegan version. Quinoa is a complete vegetarian protein, so you really don't need the black beans (as a complementary protein), unless, of course, you're fond of those fiber rich little beauties in your quinoa salad.

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