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The Secret Ingredient (Avocado): Mémé’s Avocado Carpaccio

RECIPE: Avocado Carpaccio

The other night, I was out to dinner at Haru in New York, a favorite sushi bar of ours where we often order outrageous rolls.  The Kiss of Fire with pickled and fresh jalapeños stacked over a rainbow of tunas.  … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient: Homemade Honey Sticks

RECIPE: Homemade Honey Sticks

I’ve always been fascinated by honey sticks. I only ever see them when I go apple picking, or pumpkin picking, on the counter next to some country store’s register. Arranged like a colorful bouquet in a pencil cup, sealed tubes … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Honey): Parsley-Crusted Salmon with the ULTIMATE Honey Mustard

RECIPE: Parsley-Crusted Salmon with the ULTIMATE Honey Mustard

If you like effortless cooking, and you like seafood, you NEED the recipe to this sauce. Growing up in Florida, you get very accustomed to having your seafood with mustard.  When we go for stone crabs, which after lobster is … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Honey): Honey-Thyme Roasted Pork Loin

RECIPE: Honey-Thyme Roasted Pork Loin

I hated honey growing up.  My mom used to make me eat it off a teaspoon as a kind of cloying cough syrup when I was sick.  But I’ll admit that I’ve acquired the taste, very strongly, for honey.  Whether … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Turmeric): Gobi Gobi

RECIPE: Gobi Gobi

Here is this week’s The Secret Ingredient, the last installment on turmeric.  I am a die-hard aloo gobi fan.  But this is my version, newly minted and a little different.  No potatoes, just lots of cauliflower with fresh ginger, garlic, … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Turmeric): Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Turmeric, Onions, and Olives

RECIPE: Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Turmeric, Onions, and Olives

Turmeric is one multifunctional little spice.  It is used as a dye.  It is used to deter ants in gardening.  It is used medicinally, to fight memory loss and cancer.  It is used cosmetically to deter aging.  And, did I … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Chipotle): Chipotle Ketchup

RECIPE: Chipotle Ketchup

Maybe I say this every month.  It’s very possible.  But Chipotle has been my absolute favorite Secret Ingredient to date.  Which may be why I’m doing five recipes instead of the usual three. Chipotles are smoked jalapenos.  But, they are … Continue reading

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