• Shrimp with Lemongrass and Chili
  • Mint and Citrus Smoked Chicken
  • Pear with Peppercorns
  • Black-Eyed Peas with Mushrooms
  • Fish and Shrimp Green Curry
  • Baked Figs With Greens
  • Tagine of Onions and Dates
  • Chickpea and Spinach Soup Flavored with Cumin and Tahini

Chili Lime Soup with Yams

I have been meaning to write this soup up for quite a while.  Since we cooked it again on Sunday (my bother in law, Greg came by for lunch), I had another shot at it.  I think that one of the reasons that I keep forgetting to write something about this soup is that it is… 

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Harissa – Sauce of Opportunity

Harissa is a term that covers a variety of chili-based condiments originating in North Africa.  Because I am not a food historian or any form of authority on what goes on in North Africa, I am going to discuss this sauce in purely practical terms.  The reality is that this stuff is tasty and versatile enough… 

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Lemon-Simmered Kabocha Squash

My childhood memories of squash are not fond.  During the winters along the Lower Columbia River, we ate an abundance of squash in all its many forms.  After all, it was cheap, easy to grow, and stored well.  There was, however, this slight problem with monotony..soul crushing monotony.  I was a little surprised, when I got older,… 

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Coconut-Smothered Black-Eyed Peas

Love these things.  Around the house they are known as “Muppet Peas” due to the black, inanimate eyes of the peas that stare blankly at the diner.  I think the name became popular after a wine-soaked evening spent reviewing odd translations of names for Chinese dishes.  Anyway… out of all of the extremely tasty dishes that Raghavan Iyer chronicles in… 

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Preserved Lemons

Preserved lemons are a precious ingredient.  They are created by pickling lemons in a heavy brine made from salt and lemon juice.  The product has a unique flavor that is a bit difficult to describe, but when used as an ingredient, contributes a bright, citrus flavor with deep, refined floral overtones.  You see them used… 

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