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Black Garlic Sauce with Spicy Beef and Tofu Stir-Fry

March 7, 2013
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Recently, I got my hands on some black garlic.  Isn’t it beautiful? I’d seen it listed in Asian recipes before, but never had the pleasure of meeting it face to…er…bulb.  When I first picked it up, I thought something was wrong.  Have you ever had garlic that’s gone bad, and it’s all soft and mushy?  […]

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iNG Restaurant: The Best F-iNG Meal of My Life

March 16, 2012
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I’ve always managed to miss Chicago’s Restaurant Week. Somehow I’d never remember it until it was already occurring, and there’d be no reservations left at any of the places I wanted to go to.  I’d recover by making sure to get Chef Week reservations a few weeks later, but still felt I was missing out […]

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Balsamic Pork Chops with Cherry Sherry Sauce

January 31, 2012
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Some people get very excited about all things pork.  I’m not one of them.  Give me a juicy, tender pork chop, though, and I’m one happy girl! I love to marinate them in balsamic vinegar, as the sweet, rich flavor really enhances the meat, but sometimes I like the up the decadence factor another notch.  […]

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The Great Thanksgiving 2011 Recap!

November 26, 2011
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Turkey Day has come and gone, but before we move on to the next holiday, how ’bout a recap? Some of you might remember last year, when I cooked nothing for my family’s Thanksgiving feast. I was rather saddened by this, since, you know, I’m rather fond of cooking. When I’d asked my mom what […]

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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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Japanese Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs with Mizuna Chips

March 12, 2011
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When I’m craving warm, satisfying comfort food, “slowly braised short ribs” is like the dirtiest of dirty talk.  I want it, and I want it now. Spring may be around the bend, but I certainly wouldn’t say it’s “sprung.”  So until that happens, I’m still in need for some tender, falling-off-the-bone beefy goodness.  Aw man, […]

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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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Jerk Chicken Pot Pie – Comfort Food with a Kick!

November 15, 2010
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DISCLAIMER: I don’t like chicken pot pie.  Or, to rephrase, I’d never had one that I liked.  I find them bland, “blah”, a heavy goop in a dry, flavorless crust.  Every time I mention this though, someone chimes in, “Well, I like chicken pot pie a lot.”  Since I’m always up for a challenge, I […]

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Tamarind Prawns with Crispy Shallots and Garlic

June 23, 2010
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Tamarind is one of those things that always caught my eye at the market but never made it into my cooking. A few months ago I bought a package of frozen tamarind pulp, knowing that if it was taking up space in my not-so-spacious freezer, I’d have to use it eventually. Well, that day finally […]

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