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corn penne with tempeh in black pepper sauce

February 13, 2012

I’m really excited about this dish because the pasta I’m using is made of corn! Can you believe it?!? While I’m a huge fan of corn, I was just skeptical about it as pasta. Is it even possible to make good pasta with grains other than wheat? Okay, that’s a little dramatic as I’ve had […]

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spicy urad dal soup

February 9, 2012

Every now and then I try recipes from the journal, Gastronomica, published by UC Berkeley. I’m a big fan of this academic culinary periodical. Primarily the articles are stuff related to food history and culture. Their subjects are always off the beaten path. I savor each of issue. Here’s what it says on Gastronomica’s about […]

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whole wheat roti

January 23, 2012

Indian unleavened breads are incredibly easy to make and very tasty. This roti is no exception. I particularly like dipping the warm fry bread in dal (lentil) soups or really with any curry dish. It is my number one choice for my vegan masoor dal. You can use roti to scoop and soak up any […]

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decadent French toast

January 20, 2012

Things with custardy fillings, textures and flavors taste like heaven to me. I love Portuguese custard pies, crème brûlée, flan, English bread pudding and of course, any decant cream-soaked French toast. A toast to French toast, I say! Last Friday I went to the new La Boulange bakery that has just opened nearby my office […]

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fish biryani

November 8, 2011

This is our recipe for the biryani cook-off that the delightful Heavenly was so good to sponsor. Though after making this marvelous, complex dish; I’m starting to think that she might have been misnamed, as it appears that a tiny bit of a devilish streak lies hidden among all that domestic goodness and glamour. Have […]

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Korean inspired sautéed spinach

November 1, 2011

Okay here’s a recipe using the prosaic spinach. But is this nutritious every-day green really dull, as that expression would imply? I simply adore sautéed leafy vegetables. Think collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli rabe, mustard greens and of course spinach: all incredibly tasty and healthy. Normally at home we make them simply, sautéed with […]

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Martha’s pan-seared tuna burgers

August 11, 2011

Ah Martha… Her recipes are almost always infallible! I’ve made this tuna burger many times. The recipe’s from Martha Stewart Living a few years ago. It is really good. The original version calls for yellowfin tuna, but my fish market only had ahi this time. Also, Martha served hers with a Napa cabbage coleslaw. I […]

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grilled Chinese eggplant in teriyaki sauce

August 5, 2011

I can’t think of a vegetable that is as versatile for so many different cuisines as eggplant. We’ve made it in so many delicious ways: Kashmiri, Szechuan, North African, Macedonian, Italian, Lebanese; and that’s just scratching the surface. This dish is inspired by Japan. I made the teriyaki sauce myself since I wanted better control […]

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Szechuan string beans with tofu in black bean sauce

July 5, 2011

This recipe is a take on Szechuan style long beans, which I adore. The dish has all those amazing Asian flavors going on: ginger, garlic, pepper sauce, soy sauce and the magical, fermented black bean sauce. Fermented black bean sauce is a Chinese culinary wonder made with soybeans that have been fermented, and, in the […]

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Indian red lentil soup with Savoy cabbage

June 17, 2011

Everybody throughout the northern hemisphere is probably eating summer food right now; you know: barbecue, ice cream, sno-cones, watermelon, and most anything grilled. Not us! The heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring past the 100’s elsewhere has yet to reach San Francisco. So we’re ‘stuck’ in the almost eternal refrigerator chill that makes the […]

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