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basic foccacia

March 18, 2011

I tried making foccacia long ago, right as we were starting weirdcombinations. I used a recipe from Saveur magazine, which looked gorgeous on their cover and at my home. Unfortunately, the taste wasn’t quite right. The dough was too heavy and doughy, if you know what I mean. At the time I had intended to […]

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Dungeness crab casquinha de siri

March 15, 2011

Casquinha de siri is super popular in Brazil, mainly in coastal towns where you get fresh crab aplenty. Brazilian crabs are tiny compared to the gigantic Dungeness from the North American Pacific Rim. Really, they look more like blue crabs from the Northeastern U.S. Big or small, these sometimes scary but always amazing and tasty […]

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tofu cutlet with broccoli rabe pesto and daikon sprouts

February 28, 2011

On my recent trip to the Nijiya Market I bought a one-pound tray of tofu cutlet. Tofu cutlet is just a block of silken tofu that is lightly fried, making the outer part a bit crispy but leaving the inside soft and smooth. It comes ready to use and is perfect to just eat fresh […]

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spaghetti with broccoli rabe pesto

February 21, 2011

We at weirdcombos love eating broccoli rabe. This underrated vegetable is packed with distinct flavors, ranging from grassy, to spicy, pungent, bitter, sweet and nutty. Our most common way of eating it is sautéd with olive oil, garlic and tossed with ear shaped pasta topped by a generous amount of fine Parmesan. I think that […]

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baked Portobello mushrooms stuffed with mushroom oat tomato filling with walnuts, Fontina and parmesan

November 5, 2010

Like mushroom and pink bean loaf, this recipe also comes from The Best – Ever Vegetarian Cookbook by Nicola Graimes. The picture in the book looked as appetizing as the mushroom loaf, so I decided to give it a try as well. Lately, Steven’s been kind of complaining we don’t eat enough mushrooms, especially, he […]

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New York style pizza with basil cilantro pesto, goat cheese, Kalamata olives and fresh arugula

August 26, 2010

I made this pizza for company last week. I guess I was thinking about it after reading Heavenly’s post about Lombardi’s Pizza in New York. Ah, New York! Callie and Ellie were visiting from Virginia. Ellie is a real fan of Italian food. On that particular day, we were taking a break from sightseeing and […]

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vegetarian Bolognaise ragu

August 17, 2010

I’ve been thinking about what to make from “soy chorizo,” that mystery product that Hegui discovered lurking on the shelves of Trader Joe’s recently. I guess it’s intended as a meat alternative. So what could be better than taking a stab at the ultimate Italian meaty pasta dish: Bolognaise ragu, or as we called it […]

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zucchini and yellow squash stuffed with fresh fava beans

June 7, 2010

We had a bunch of fresh summer squash and fava pods sitting in the fridge the other day. The fava had been there for a while. You know how labor intensive preparing some veggies can be. Think for instance of artichokes. Fava is equally time-intensive though you’re less likely than with artichokes to poke or […]

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brazilian açai palm heart pie

April 28, 2010

Açai isn’t just a fruit caught up in a massive health and diet food craze. The heart of this tropical palm is also marvelously tasty. And though this dish may not reduce your weight, it will certainly help you enjoy life even more. My sister Ana has been making açai palm heart flavored “pie” for […]

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rustic fava, edamame and dill tart

April 26, 2010

This recipe comes from Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey. I’ve been itching to make it for months but have had to wait for Spring and the return of fresh fava beans. I don’t usually go for making my own pie crusts but I’m so enchanted with Najmieh Batmanglij’s book in general and the picture […]

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