• Coconut-Smothered Black-Eyed Peas
  • Hot Chili Oil
  • Dashi – Making Japanese Soup Stock
  • Dan Dan Noodle
  • Tagine of Onions and Dates
  • Spiced Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • Mint and Citrus Smoked Chicken
  • Preserved Lemons

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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House Clam Chowder

House Clam Chowder

Clam chowder is sort of tough.  Sure, anyone can make potato soup with some clam scraps….just add enough bacon and it will be fine, right?  I have to say that this sort of clam chowder is, well, offensive.  It has no individuality, no style and no identity.  You could likely pour a better version out… 

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Smoked Pork Spareribs (with some sauce, too)

I never really had excellent barbecue until I moved out of the Pacific Northwest for a while.  While going to graduate school in Nevada, I was educated regarding my ignorance of this fine branch of Americana cooking by my colleagues.  The pulled pork and smoked ribs that we were able to get at the local… 

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Peas and Mushrooms with Black Vinegar Sauce

Peas and Mushrooms with Black Vinegar Sauce

It is always a fantastic thing when summer is finally here and we can rely on regular vegetables from the garden.  This year we tried something a bit different.  We typically plant bush-type Oregon Sugar Pod peas and I have to say they are a very nice pea.  They produce reliably over a moderately long… 

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Tagine of clams, olives, and chilies

Tagine of Clams with Olives and Chilies

Steamer clams, like the ones pictured above, are a nostalgic food for me and I typically associate them with summer.  You see, summer was the time that my family often spent time camping on the west side of Puget Sound on a body of water called Hood Canal.  Gathering and eating various forms of seafood was… 

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