Category Archives: The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient (Black Pepper) Part II: Steak au Poivre with Truffled Microgreen Salad

RECIPE: Steak au Poivre with Truffled Microarugula

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. I’ve been doing something I never thought I’d do: researching black pepper.  I wasn’t surprised to find that it is the most in-demand spice on the market, or that it causes sneezing.  But … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Black Pepper): Multigrain Cacio e Pepe with Arugula

RECIPE: Multigrain Cacio e Pepe with Arugula

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. Lately, in The Secret Ingredient, I’ve been more inspired by using everyday items, like the bottom half of the maple syrup bottle or the butt ends of vanilla beans, that I already have … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Vanilla) Part III: Vanilla Cream Pots

RECIPE: Vanilla Cream Pots

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. I hope this month’s series on vanilla has given you some ideas about how to use it in different ways. This recipe is my attempt to recreate my favorite dessert in Paris: the vanilla … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Vanilla) Part II: Almond-Crust Tilapia with Vanilla Sauce

RECIPE: Almond-Crusted Tilapia with Vanilla Sauce

Get the whole story on Serious Eats. The history of vanilla is a rich one. It is the pod of an orchid, and long grew only in Mexico; when explorers tried to bring vanilla back to Europe, the plant could … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Vanilla) Part I: Sweet Vanilla Iced Tea

RECIPE: Sweet Vanilla Iced Tea

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. Whenever I go for ice cream, I always have a hard time ordering. I know what I want, but I never get it. I go for pistachio, or cookies and cream, or some … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Marmalade) Part III: Marmalade and Stinky Cheese Tartines

RECIPE: Marmalade and Stinky Cheese Tartines

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. I saved the best for last. Of all the secret ingredients of 2010, marmalade has been my favorite. It really does add that secret oomph, and it’s nearly impossible to match its depth of … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Marmalade) Part II: Creamcicle Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks

RECIPE: Marmalade and Chocolate Ice Cream

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. Marmalade is a preserve made of citrus fruits, usually studded with the bitter rind of the fruit itself. While it can be made of lemons or limes, grapefruits or clementines, the traditional marmalade uses … Continue reading

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