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Bi-Rite organic grocery in San Francisco's Mission District.

5 Smart, Free Ways to Change the Way You Cook

Hit the specialty stores. One day at Hana Japanese market in DC, I found myself loading up on ingredients that I either don’t normally use or cannot find at my regular grocery. This one act resulted in a totally different style of cooking, at least for that week, and later led me to latin American markets, […]

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Recipe for Huevos Rancheros

It’s almost time for Sunday morning brunch! This week: Huevos rancheros (“ranch-style eggs.”) This dish was created during the 16th century when chickens were brought to Mexico by the Spanish during their conquest of the new world. The original version consisted of fried eggs atop fried corn tortillas with pureed chili drizzled on top of […]

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Simple Appetizers: Jumbo Prawns in Court Bouillon

Ingredients: 20 jumbo prawns, chilled, peeled and deveined 2 white onions, sliced 6 celery stalks, chopped 1 leek, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 3 bay leaves, crushed 1 tsp. thyme 1 tsp. whole peppercorns 4 Tbsp. kosher salt 2 qt. water 1 ¾ qt. chicken stock 1 cup white table wine lemon wedges (garnish) Method: In […]

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Swiss 'Peasant' Food: Raclette

Raclette – Traditional Swiss ‘Peasant’ Food

Switzerland’s most beloved dish is Raclette. A hearty and inexpensive meal perfected for centuries in the Alps. Traditionally, this hobo-style meal was meant to satisfy big appetites in cold winter weather and was made out of just cheese, potatoes and vegetables—all ingredients grown in the mountains. Adding meat became popular when the dish hit populated […]

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Traditional Style Spanish Paella from Valencia

Cooking for a Crowd? Family-Style Spanish Paella

It’s the weekend and on the weekend, we should cook feasts. Here is a good feast to share (and it can be a costly one because seafood and saffron can both be quite expensive.) Worth the cost, though, with a host of approving eyebrows raising the roof and a story to tell while chowing down. So, Paella.  First […]

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Saffron threads (World on a Fork)

Saffron: the Sexiest Spice on Earth

It soothed Alexander the Great after battle, launched wars between nations, and one single thread was once said to calm melancholy and ignite passion. The vibrant, red threads of this heavily sought after Middle Eastern spice has been used for more than 4,000 years to treat illnesses in the Middle East and Asia, to nuance […]

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Pair Boardwalk Empire’s Season Premier with Themed Cocktail: “The Nucky”

Are you looking forward to tonight’s season premier of Boardwalk Empire on HBO?  Same, same, us too.  So to celebrate, we are getting into character with Rye whiskey – considered to be the original American spirit (George Washington’s distillery made it). Rye is the main ingredient in widely beloved Manhattan and Old Fashioned classic cocktails. […]

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The Venetian “Spritz”

Every country has liquor that they are known for.  When Italy comes to mind, you almost certainly think of limoncello (in Southern Italy; or limoncino in Northern Italy—it’s the same thing, sweet liquor of lemon zest.)  Each great city on earth has a signature cocktail.  In modern Venice, it is called the “Spritz.”  The captivating […]

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