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Smoking Hot Chipotle Fried Fish

RECIPE: Smoking Hot Chipotle Fried Fish

As a London resident, I have become a bar-none fried fish fanatic.  The juxtaposition of that crispy exterior with a soft and steaming interior of flaky fish is so scrumptious.  And so satisfying.  I use a po’ boy preparation on … Continue reading

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Holy Smokes Chipotle Guacamole

RECIPE: Holy Smokes Chipotle Guacamole

There is a restaurant in Miami called Mercadito that has the most amazing guacamoles.  There are about seven, in all different flavors.  But my favorite is the chipotle.  The smoky vinegariness is the kind of stuff I dream about, cutting … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Chipotle) Part 2: Smoky Chipotle BBQ Oven Ribs

RECIPE: Smoky Chipotle BBQ Oven Ribs

Ribs. When I think about them, my eyes roll back, and my mouth starts to water. The way the meat falls off the bone; so sweet, so savory, so smoky. Few things are as simple but complex as the well-cooked … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Chipotle) Part 1: Red Hot Chipotle Slaw

RECIPE: Chipotle Slaw

I am having an addiction problem with this slaw. I just can’t get enough. I’m already a sucker for any kind of Tex-Mex or California slaw. The stuff that’s piled on fish tacos. But this one is smoky, and super … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Dijon Mustard) Part 4: Moules Dijonnaise

RECIPE: Moules Dijonnaise

Usually, I only do three Secret Ingredient recipes per ingredient, but Dijon mustard is so up my alley, that I think I’m going to keep going. My apologies to those who have complained of a mustard allergy! I’m allergic to … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Dijon Mustard) Part 3: Filet Mignon with Mustard Butter

RECIPE: Filet Mignon with Mustard Butter

I think, since Dijon mustard is a French invention, that it’s only appropriate to use it in a French preparation.  Steak with butter.  Genius.  Tender, but firm, meat, dripping in rivulets of melting cream-sweet, soft butter, that contrasts but complements … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Dijon Mustard) Part 2: Warm Green Bean Salad with Shallots and Mustard

RECIPE: Warm Green Bean Salad with Shallots and Mustard

Okay, so strictly speaking, this recipe does not use Dijon mustard. But if we change this month’s ingredient to Mustard from Dijon, then this still counts. These green beans make use of old-fashioned mustard (moutarde à l’ancien) from Dijon, and … Continue reading

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