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I use this platform to share things that are of interest to me or things I'll want to reference later. Occasionally other people like these posts, hence "Shared Interests".
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Category Archives: Recipes
Last year my wife bought me a countertop coffee roaster, and I’ve been hooked on home-roasting coffee ever since. Lately I’ve also been roasting in our convection open, which works great for medium- to medium-dark roast. (I use the countertop … Continue reading
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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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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][SRgravy] that looks interesting. I haven’t used mirepoix in my Thanksgiving gravy before, but that certainly sounds like a worthy addition! [SimplyRecipes]: http://simplyrecipes.com/ [SRgravy]: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/giblet_gravy/
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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][wfas], 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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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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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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