Recipes

Potato Gnocchi

  Pomodoro sauce (recipe based on Italyum): 1 1/2 pounds beefsteak tomatoes, cored, seeded, deskinned, chopped 1 medium Walla Walla onion, chopped fine 2T tomato paste 2T butter 2 ounces olive oil 20 basil leaves 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt to taste Core then blanch the tomatoes so the skins peel.  Cool, remove the skins, …

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Fruit and Vegetables

Over on Facebook, several of my friends were posting this meme of ten favorite albums, “no explanations.”  The “no explanations” aspect of the record meme made it just a bunch of random covers someone posted. Since I have an eclectic, arguably terrible music tastes, I started my own un-meme using fruits an vegetables.  I’m also going …

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Lemon ricotta pancakes

The original recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, and is a pretty tasty diversion from the standard buttermilk pancake.  To offset the weight of the ricotta, you fold in extra, whipped whites. Lemon ricotta pancakes (original source Cook’s Illustrated) 1 C all-purpose flour 3/4 t baking soda 3/4 t salt 1 1/2 C whole-milk ricotta 3 …

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Aash-e-Reshteh

Janet and I took the Persian Cuisine demo cooking class at the local hippie grocery store last week.  I reproduced two of the recipes: Khoresh-e kadu Halvai-o Alu ba Morgh (Braised butternut squash and chicken stew with prunes and walnuts) and Aash-e-Reshteh (beans, fresh greens and noodle soup). Aash-e-reshteh (beans, fresh greens & noodle soup) …

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Paseo-like Cuban pork sandwich

And now for something completely different… Paseo-like Cuban pork sandwiches, using a recipe from the Seattle Times food blog, originally based on Paseo reverse-engineering done by Lorna Yee, presented in her cookbook The Newlywed Kitchen. This took me about 1 1/2 hours of attentive cooking, but elapsed time was about 20 hours as most of the marination happened the night …

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Dumpling Cube

I love making gyoza, but because I am not adept enough at it to hand-make them at the rate my family consumes them, I wanted to try the Dumpling Cube my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas.  The result was my best batch of gyoza using the Classic Pork Gyoza from Japanese Soul Cooking as a starting point. …

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DIY Mocha

I’ve been pretty happy with the AeroPress (thanks for the suggestion, Scott!) for in-home mocha making.  For the first several dozen cups, I dutifully followed the instructions. It worked pretty well. But as one who gets bored with routine, I experimented and spoke with other AeroPress owners who have deviated from the norm. The subject …

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Cherry Dutch Baby

Ah, cherry season! Cherry Dutch Baby 3/4 C flour 2 T granulated sugar 3/4 C milk 3 eggs 1/4 t salt half stick butter 2 C pitted, Bing cherries powdered sugar Preheat oven to 425°F. (If using a convection oven, try 390°F) Combine flour, sugar, milk, eggs and salt in a blender until smooth. In …

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