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A Plethora of Dips

Everyone love a good dip, especially when it’s accompanied by a good cracker. For our “Inaugural Ball,” we made an assortment of dips – hummus, sundried tomato, black bean, and roasted red pepper.

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Hearty Lentils With Ham

This is a great dish that is perfect for cold weather. Country ham provides a ton of flavor and the lentils help this dish stick to your ribs. Country ham is similar to prosciutto; it is a ham that is salted, then washed and hung to age. It may not be as delicate or nuanced [...]
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Our Favorite Hummus Recipe

One of our favorite after work snacks is hummus and crackers. (I’m partial to Wheat Thins.) Or, whip some some homemade pita bread, for a true treat! After eating store bought hummus for years, it amazing how different and tastier homemade hummus is. One downside to homemade hummus, however, is that it doesn’t last as [...]
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Easy Radish Pickles

I will be the first to admit that pickling radishes sounds a little weird. Zucchini is one thing, it at least looks like a cucumber. Radishes are a whole different story though; they’re small, weird and funky. I am game to try any dish once though, and luckily I had a small bag of radishes [...]
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Pickled Zucchini – The Zuni Cafe Way

I am not sure if it is a good thing to see pickling get a big spread in the main stream media. This story in the LA Times does a great job of the basics behind pickling. I am all for bringing pickling to the masses by making it accessible. I get a little nervous [...]
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Braised Swiss Chard

I picked up some Swiss chard at the farmers’ market last week without any real good idea of what to do with it. I guess I’m attracted to colorful, peculiar vegetables that I’ve never tried. Sometimes this is a good thing, other times it leads to disaster. Luckily for the chard, I found a great, [...]
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Sour Pickles – Fermented Goodness!

  As I hinted at in my last post on pickles, there are two kinds of pickles in the world–those that get their flavor from spice and those that get it from fermentation. The second type are known as sours, or brined, but some of the regular pickles you get from the store are fermented, [...]
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Curried Chickpea Salad

Carolyn is a big fan of Devon and Blakely, a lunch spot in Washington, DC that serves lots of different soups and salads. One of her favorite side salads is Channa – chickpeas baked with olive oil, curry, cilantro and caramelized onions. So, me being the good person I am, set out to try and [...]
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Roasted Asparagus

I grew up in Western Massachusetts where spring is synonymous with asparagus. Hadley, MA at one time claimed to be the “Asparagus Capital of the World.” A virus decimated the crop, however,  in the 1970s and a lot of farms switched crops or sold their land. It made a bit of a come back though, [...]
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Favas Suck (-otash)!

Fava beans are a pain in the ass. Fresh favas are over-priced and not worth the trouble. I only got them because I thought they would make me cool. There, I said it. Wait, aren’t they trendy? How could trendy things be over-rated? Well because after you spend $2.50 for a pound of fresh beans [...]
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