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Cranberry-satsuma relish

The 2012 Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appétit had a cranberry-orange-mint relish recipe that looked pretty good, except that my wife can’t stand mint. So I left out the mint, substituted satsumas for the oranges, and used star thistle honey instead of sugar. … Continue reading

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Homemade chorizo

First time I’ve made this recipe: http://honestcooking.com/authentic-homemade-mexican-chorizo/ We couldn’t find ancho chile powder at our local Mexican market, so we substituted paprika+red chile powder+cayenne as suggested. I made a 2.5 kg batch (5x the recipe) because that was how much … Continue reading

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Brian’s gingerbread cookie recipe

Brian brought some gingerbread cookies in to the office last week, and they were amazingly tasty! I asked him for the recipe (and permission to publish it here), which he graciously granted. Following typical cookie recipe procedure, here are the … Continue reading

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New gravy recipe?

SimplyRecipes has a giblet gravy recipe that looks interesting. I haven’t used mirepoix in my Thanksgiving gravy before, but that certainly sounds like a worthy addition!

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Chicken with peanut sauce

This is my adaptation of Martin Yan’s recipe for glass noodles with peanut sauce from A Wok For All Seasons, currently out of print. If you like this, I highly recommend that you ferret out a copy of the book! … Continue reading

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Cucumber salad

This salad is cool and delicious on its own, and it also makes a great palate cleanser between courses. I used a 2mm (about 1/12 of an inch) slicing disc to cut the cucumber very thin, sort of like pickled … Continue reading

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Pork baos

We make these pork-filled buns for our family Christmas gathering every year. This is an Americanized dim sum recipe from the 1979 Sunset Chinese Cook Book. (Some good recipes in there, buy a copy if you can find one!) We … Continue reading

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Blue Mandarin martini

Add equal parts Absolut Mandarin (orange-flavored vodka) and blue curaçao over crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. “Shaken, not stirred.” Pour into a martini glass, garnish with a half-slice of orange.

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January 2011 No-Pressure Cookers Menu and Recipes

New Year’s Good Luck turnovers All-butter cornmeal pie dough: 1 c flour 1/2 c corn meal 1/2 t salt 1 stick cold butter cut into pieces ice water Blend all ingredients except water in food processor, until butter is pea … Continue reading

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Sopa de albondigas (meatball soup)

Our neighbors traditionally exchange homemade gifts (e.g. cookies, jam) during Christmas. Two years ago, we got some sopa de albondigas, along with this recipe. We all loved it, but never got around to making it ourselves until last night. It … Continue reading

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