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The Secret Ingredient (Curry) Part I: Curried Sweet Potato Chips

RECIPE: Curried Sweet Potato Chips

Get the whole story on Serious Eats. You know in cartoons, when there is some odor drifting down some alleyway, and the animator makes it come alive, and it twists and turns, stalking the Elmer Fudd or Bugs or Daffy, … Continue reading

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MEATLESS MONDAY The Secret Ingredient (Coconut): Red Veggie Curry

RECIPE: Red Veggie Curry

Get the whole story on Serious Eats. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen coconut as a sweet flavoring for rice pudding and as a crispy coating for shrimp, but it’s also a perfect vehicle for sauce.

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The Secret Ingredient (Coconut) Part I: Double Coconut Rice Pudding

RECIPE: Double Coconut Rice Pudding

GET THE WHOLE STORY AT SERIOUS EATS. Down in Florida, we think coconuts are dangerous.  Flying through those gusty summer hurricane winds, they’re like cannonballs or exploded fuselage, flying through the air with the greatest of speeds.  You don’t want … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Saffron) Part III: Mussels with Saffron and Tomatoes

RECIPE: Mussels with Saffron and Tomatoes

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. When working with secret ingredients, I like to find perfect pairs. Jelly for peanut butter. Peas for carrots. The Juliet to their Romeo. Once you find their match, there are an unlimited number … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Saffron) Part II: Saffron and Orange Rice Pilaf with Orzo and Pine Nuts

RECIPE: Saffron and Orange Rice Pilaf with Orzo and Pine Nuts

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. I know that when someone calls you yellow, you’re a coward.  But as far as spices go, I think the yellowest, saffron, is very brave.  It is subtle, floral, aromatic, almost bitter–and extremely … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Saffron) Part I: Roasted Eggplant Salad with Saffron Yogurt

RECIPE: Roasted Eggplant Salad with Saffron Yogurt

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. It is a widely touted fact that saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, and that it is collected by hand, the stamens of a crocus flower, plucked by hands, and dried.  Thankfully, … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Black Pepper) Part III: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper Sauce

RECIPE: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper Sauce

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. There was a point in the last few years when the combination of strawberry and black pepper became quite trendy. In fact, I believe the reason I got into business school is because … Continue reading

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