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Hatch Chile Party Bites

Hatch Chile Party Bites are great for summertime entertaining.

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Spicy, creamy, a little smoky, and a bunch of fun — Hatch Chile Party Bites are the perfect party appetizer.

Hatch Chiles are everywhere in the grocery stores this month. Many locations will even roast them for you. I couldn’t help making these tasty green guys into cheesy party bites – which sparked a story from my past. I’ll share it with you as I show you how the recipe comes together. Continue Reading →

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Spicy Deviled Eggs

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Seriously now, does anyone really need another deviled egg recipe? You have your Grandma’s special recipe, your mom’s standard recipe, and the one that you based on theirs, which you love best of all.

So why am I featuring another deviled egg recipe? Because this one is amazing. And who ever said a Deviled Egg was amazing. Make this twist on a classic and you’ll become the Deviled Egg Master of the Universe. Continue Reading →

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Szechuan-Style Green Beans

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I didn’t know there was “101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die” until I met Jet Tila. Quite frankly, I can’t even name 30 Asian dishes by their proper name, let alone know how to make them. I didn’t even realize by the nature of the title of Jet’s latest cookbook that he would challenge me to cook every recipe in his book.

I recently met Chef Jet Tila at a book-signing, media luncheon at Melissa’s Produce. He was funny, humble, informative and a great teacher. Continue Reading →

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Daikon Rolls

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Spicy daikon radish stands in for rice paper wraps in this unique recipe. Thinly sliced daikon is stuffed with shiso (a Japanese herb that has a minty basil flavor) cucumber, avocado, sprouts, and mint. It is garnished with black sesame seeds and drizzled with a bright citrus sauce.

This Japanese inspired recipe is from Jean-Christian Jury’s latest culinary publication Vegan: The Cookbook. If you’re not vegan, don’t let the title detour you from this plant-based gold mine.

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Rhubarb-Raspberry Compote

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One of my favorite childhood flavors is Rhubarb. It was practically a weed on our Midwest farm. Every year we planted all types of vegetables, but never rhubarb (yes, it is a vegetable), because it was always just there. Now, when I see rhubarb at the market or in the stores in Los Angeles, my heart skips a beat. Although rhubarb pie is my favorite, I am learning to prepare it in ways that really lets the rhubarb’s true character shine through.

I learned this from Deborah Madison, award-winning author of fourteen cookbooks. She is known for her seasonal, vegetable-based cooking. In her latest book, In My Kitchen, Deborah’s simple approach to cooking really lets the vegetable’s flavor be the star. Continue Reading →

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