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The Secret Ingredient (Marmalade) Part I: Orange Peel Shrimp

RECIPE: Orange Peel Shrimp

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. For all that I write about on this site, you might think that my grandmother and I sit around plucking escargots every time we meet for lunch. But our true tradition is a … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Cranberry) Part III: Cranberry Ice Cream with White Chocolate Chunks

RECIPE: Cranberry White Chocolate Ice Cream

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. I wrote two weeks ago in this column that I’d never seen a fresh cranberry outside of the United States. But there is one place that I’ve seen a dried cranberry: in England, where … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Cranberry) Part II: Braised Rainbow Chard with Cranberries

RECIPE: Braised Rainbow Chard with Cranberry

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. The mighty little cranberry continues to fascinate me the more I investigate into its background. Did you know that only 5% of cranberries are sold fresh? And from my perspective, I only see … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Cranberry) Part I: Cranberry Chutney with Orange and Crystallized Ginger

RECIPE: Cranberry Chutney with Orange and Crystallized Ginger

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. I love cranberries. I love that their arrival in the produce section is the natural equivalent to the burgeoning supplies of Christmas stockings and Indian corn I suddenly see everywhere. And what I … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Coffee) Part III: Dark Chocolate Espresso Bean Bark

RECIPE: Dark Chocolate Espresso Bean Bark

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. When we were in our senior year in college, my friends and I were given a small room in the basement of the library. Five of us kept our books and computers there … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Coffee) Part II: Coffee-Charred Flank Steak

RECIPE: Coffee-Charred Flank Steak

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. Using coffee as a secret ingredient opens up a bitter, bitter world in the kitchen. In a good way. I have found, in experimenting with coffee, that it adds a flavor component not … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient (Coffee) Part I: Seared Scallops with Espresso Beurre Blanc

RECIPE: Seared Scallops with Espresso Beurre Blanc

Get the whole story at Serious Eats. This is a true secret ingredient recipe: using something right out of the pantry and altering it to an important but unidentifiable state. The coffee in this recipe (instant espresso, in this case) … Continue reading

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