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Grilled & Smothered Artichokes with “The Vegetable Butcher” Review

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Artichokes have eluded me for years because I wasn’t confident with cutting them. Not anymore, thanks to Cara Mangini’s The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini.

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Cara demystifies the world of vegetables with her butchery basics. This comprehensive guide to buying, storing, prepping, and cooking vegetables will help you at the grocery store, farmers’ market, and in the kitchen. It may also encourage you to try vegetables you’ve never eaten or cooked before, like cardoons and sunchokes. Continue Reading →

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Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs – Pomegranates & Saffron Cookbook

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I am forever fascinated with food from other cultures. International cuisine reveals so much depth and many unique flavor combinations that delight my culinary curiosity. Continue Reading →

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Israeli Salad California Style

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I have much to learn about Middle Eastern foods, so when I can hear an authority speak on the subject I am very excited. I recently heard Faye Levy with her husband–writing and photography partner, Yakir, wax poetic on the subject at Melissa’s Produce, where she is a frequent attendee. Continue Reading →

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Hearts of Palm Soup w/Sweet Potato Croutons

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Silky. Sassy. Sexy.  I know these are not adjectives that are usually associated with food, but this sensational soup is no ordinary medley. It is a tribute to Mexico’s African heritage known as The Third Root, and this soup fully embodies each of those adjectives. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything like it. Continue Reading →

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Mango with Seville Orange Sauce

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If you are an orange marmalade fan like I am, this quick and impressive dessert is for you. With only four ingredients and in only 20 minutes you can have a delightfully sweet and tart ending to any meal.

Seville oranges, also known as the sour orange, are best known for making marmalade. If you try to eat one like a regular orange you will be unpleasantly surprised, They’re tart and bitter, even though they smell like heaven. But once you cook them with sugar, they are transformed from sour and bitter into sweet and tart. Because Seville oranges are in season December through February, they’re a perfect winter pick-me-up. So don’t waste any time and get yourself some – check specialty markets, Whole Foods or order them online at Melissa’s Produce. Continue Reading →

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