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[10 Nov 2013 | 8 Comments | 18,543 views]
Ottolenghi Recipes from Plenty and Jerusalem

I’ve been cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi’s books ever since my cousin Rachel told me about him. Ottolenghi and his business partner, Sami Tamimi, were both born in Jerusalem — the former is Jewish and the latter is Palestinian.

What I personally find very interesting about Ottolenghi’s approach to food is that he celebrates vegetables while at the same time also eating and enjoying meat. He was author of “The New Vegetarian” column in the Guardian magazine from 1996 to 2010, and he would sometimes mention when a dish would work well …

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[11 Aug 2013 | One Comment | 3,794 views]
Making Baharat Spice Mix

I’ve been making a lot of recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks lately. Ottolenghi is Jewish and was born in Jerusalem; his business partner Sami Tamimi is Muslim and was also born there. Their restaurants are in London, where they have each lived for decades.
This recipe for Baharat spice mix is in their “Jerusalem” cookbook, and is called for in a recipe for stuffed peppers that we are making tomorrow night.
The recipe calls for whole dried spices, and we purchased them in Central Market’s bulk section for a few bucks. I …

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[20 Feb 2013 | 9 Comments | 1,492 views]
Aunt Linda’s Strawberry Thaw

My mom is a great cook, and like most great cooks, she has signature recipes that are family favorites. Her strawberry thaw is one of my dad’s favorite recipes, and I’m guessing that I have cousins who love it also, because the recipe my mom sent me was titled “Aunt Linda’s Strawberry Thaw.”
I made the strawberry thaw last week for Valentine’s Day as I had frozen strawberries defrosted for another recipe, and because the thaw is stored in the freezer, and we were going away for the weekend the next …

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[11 Feb 2013 | 5 Comments | 2,796 views]
Cookbook Love from DC to Austin

What better way than food to share our love for one another? My dear friend Emily of Wild and Crazy Pearl combined her love of food and photography to put together, along with writer Beth Kanter, Washington, DC Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Nation’s Capital.
It’s a beautiful book, and Emily spent much of 2012 photographing each and every image that appears in it (other than her head shot of course), at visits to Washington, DC restaurants either early in the morning, during lunch, and after work, while still managing to excel …

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[29 Apr 2012 | 18 Comments | 2,038 views]
Tim Love Preaches Grill Gospel at the Austin Food & Wine Festival

I have a fear of cooking meat. I’m most comfortable with vegetarian dishes, and will occasionally make seafood or chicken, but I have never cooked and served a thick, juicy, steak. Growing up, my parents would regularly use our gas grill to make burgers, flank steak, kabobs, and more, but I never ventured to the grill to learn how to do it myself.
When I saw that Ft. Worth based Tim Love was leading interactive grilling demos at the Austin Food & Wine Festival, I saw the perfect opportunity to conquer my …

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