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Arugula, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad

February 14, 2013
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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Here’s a recipe for a beautiful, healthy salad that will impress your sweetheart… and counteract some of that chocolate and culinary decadence!  Plus, avocado is supposed to be an aphrodisiac… ooh, la la! Enjoy! Arugula, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad adapted from Epicurious Arugula, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad Recipe Type: Salad […]

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Rosemary Raisin Almond Crisps

December 24, 2011
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It all started when I discovered Trader Joe’s Rosemary Raisin Crisps. Almost instantly, I was hooked. Problem was, like any addiction, it was starting to get expensive. Not that they’re really that pricey, but still more than I wanted to spend on crackers. Plus, they have sunflower seeds in them, which I’m not particularly fond […]

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Broiled Mussels with Chive Foam

August 1, 2011
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Here’s one of the recipes from my opera-themed cocktail party for my sister.  As I mentioned in that post, I recently got a molecular gastronomy kit.  That’s right… I’ve found the grown-up, edible version of the chemistry kit I so loved as a child.  For this recipe, I made a foam.  Flavored foams, or air as they’re […]

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How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

June 22, 2011
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Well, it’s hard for me to believe, but today is my blogaversary.  Yep, it’s been one whole year since I started PopArtichoke, and what a year it’s been!  Many, many thanks to all of you who have supported me, encouraged me, inspired me, and made all the work worthwhile!  It’s amazing what I’ve learned in […]

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Wine-Braised Baby Octopus with Saffron Polenta Cakes

December 10, 2010
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      Sometimes recipes start in the simplest of places.  In this case, it was a craving for polenta. Then, as many people do, I transformed that craving into a brainstorming session, thinking of something I could make with what I had on hand. From there the story gets weirder, yet more indicative of […]

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Coconut-Cilantro Flatbread

June 22, 2010
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I’m glad that “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is already a standby, because it’s a lot easier to say than what I would have come up with. “When life gives you a failed coconut-cilantro yogurt dip, make coconut-cilantro yogurt flatbread” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. But it does, however, make […]

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