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How to sear and saute mushrooms

Francis Lam gets it right…How to sear and saute mushrooms

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Berry Crisp…if not now, then when….

If not now, then when? This is high cherry and berry season and berry crisps are versatile and foolproof. If you like pie but don’t want to make pie crust , you can add some flour to a pile of … Continue reading

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Lazy Person’s Stuffed Cabbage

Aunt Gussie Malovany’s Stuffed Cabbage is legendary, and for good reason. She makes it with love and she loves to know that her family and friends are eating it. She has diligently and lovingly stuffed those cabbage leaves — one … Continue reading

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Mom’s Chicken Creole – 30 years later

Thirty years ago I lost the cookbook from which my mother made her iconic Chicken Creole. Last Thursday, after decades of searching, I found a copy in perfect condition at Opposable Thumbs, a wonderful used bookstore in Northeast Minneapolis. If … Continue reading

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Spiced Cherries Two Ways

Jam-making, for me, is an unalloyed pleasure. Start with fruit, add sugar, ginger (often in many forms), the occasional chili and lemon or lime juice, boil a few jars, stir for a while, and then — it’s JAM. I owe … Continue reading

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Laurie Colwin’s “Katharine Hepburn” Brownies

Everyone has opinions about brownies — cakey, squishy, dense, studded with random stuff. There are dozens of books with “brownie” in the title, and no self-respecting pastry-chef-author would write a cookbook without a brownie recipe. The Gold Standard — the … Continue reading

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Bittman’s Bread Breeds Fine French Toast

Happy New Year!I have had French Toast three times in the last 20 years and, not coincidentally, all three were in the last three weeks. Why? Mark Bittman’s Bread, which I have already discussed, is the key to both savory … Continue reading

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Really hybridized corn

Really really hybridized corn – a very early nanoscape…I promise not to give up painting to explore plant genetics… If, however, you are interested in homicidal plant geneticists, look for Emma Lathen’s Green Grow the Dollars (1982, Simon and Schuster; … Continue reading

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“$100 Almonds” in four easy steps

If you have an hour to spare and are looking for something that will inspire “Did You MAKE these??”, try “$100 Almonds” which I first made on Labor Day 2000. And it was a laborious day… THE WRONG WAY The … Continue reading

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