Recipe: Quick, Magical Kimchi

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Makes 1 quart Do you know a picky eater? Are you a picky eater? Even I have my moments... I'm here to warn you that kimchi is one of those dishes - a Mount Everest for some culinary Adventurers and a potential moon landing for our beloved but stubbornly picky eaters. Here's why: Kimchi is fermented, pickled, fishy, spicy, and totally funky.  It can take months and months to make, fermented in large vats with such delicacies as raw oysters or fish chunks. Astonishingly, the end result … [Read more...]

The quickest way to Korea w/ poll (Saute Sauce & Marinade)

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This recipe is for those times when an airplane ticket isn't in the budget... ... When a two week's vacation won't fit into the schedule. ... When the daydream only gets you halfway to the dream. Splash a little of this sauce in your frying pan - let it dance and sizzle and pop. Serve with bibimbap, if you dare! Welcome to Korea. Makes 3/4 cup Ingredients: 1/2 cup sesame oil soy sauce, to taste 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 inch ginger, grated 1 green onion, chopped 2 Tbsp … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Corn rubbed with Chili & Lime Salt

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Makes 1/4 cup seasoned salt for lots of corn goodness. Can you squeeze a lime? Can you smash chili peppers into a mini mound of salt? Can you grill corn? This is one of those recipes that you make on a day, much like today, when you want to prepare something impressive, but you can't be bothered to do very much. We owe it to the lovely people of Kenya: take a walk down their bustling streets and you'll likely find vendors selling roasted corn rolled in a spicy blend of chili, fresh … [Read more...]

Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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Makes about 3 cups Are you in need of a lil' pep in your step? Do you want to go beyond your comfort zone? Would you like to make your taste buds burn with the fire of Jamaican delight? I am. I do. I would. Also, a friend's birthday is coming up, and she loves spicy food. In a pretty bottle, with a cute recipe card, jerk seasoning makes quite the fabulous gift. So, join me friends. Let's go on a stovetop journey to the clear waters of Jamaica, where we can heat things up for … [Read more...]

Recipe: Quick Lemon-Garlic Hummus

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Makes 2+ cups You know how you think you know something.... Like the earth is round. Or flowers bloom. Or hummus goes into a bowl? ... only to have your vision shattered? Your dreams crushed? Yeah. Turns out not everything is as it seems. The earth is not perfectly round. It's a "bumpy spheroid" according to Scientific American. And flowers don't always bloom. Especially when it's over 100F for well over a month. My crispy garden is testament to that. And hummus doesn't go in a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Muhammara (Char-grilled Red Pepper Dip)

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Makes 3 cups If you're wilting and melting and generally crying for a reprieve from the heat, try Muhummara. This Middle Eastern roasted pepper dip takes the heat out of summer in the most fingerlicking way. The walnuts add body, but you don't taste them. The pomegranate syrup gives a slightly tart tang and the cumin gives earthy warmth, but the ingredients are so balanced and subtle you'll be seduced before you know it - and you won't exactly know why. Just like falling in love with the most … [Read more...]

Recipe: Iranian Cucumber Salad

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Serves 2-4 Would you like to create a mosiac in a bowl? Capture the beauty of Iran in a bite? This bright, crunchy, sour Iranian side dish is at once cooling and hydrating - perfect for these dog days of summer. Also, it tastes a heck of a lot like a quick pickle. If you add the big bits of coarse ground pepper, you'll be bitten by a teasing taste of heat. Recipe adapted from The Silk Road Gourmet by Laura Kelley. You can find more recipes and fascinating history on her blog Silk Road … [Read more...]

Recipe: Indonesian Peanut Sauce

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Makes 2 1/2 cups I've discovered the secret to a happy belly. Indonesian Peanut Sauce. This is not just any peanut sauce. This is the kind of peanut sauce that leaves you wondering. Hoping. Dreaming. Wishing for more. This sauce is complex. Interesting. Mysterious - full of wonderful flavors you can't quite identify. Flavors that'll make you nibble and nibble - until, eventually, you give up trying to figure everything out all the time and simply enjoy. NOTE: Vegetarians and … [Read more...]