May 2008

Serve 6 2 c. long-grain rice 2 med. carrots 3 Tbls. vegetable oil 3 whole cardamom pods A 1-in stick of cinnamon 4 whole cloves 1/2 med. onion peeled and cut into fine half-rings 2 c. chicken broth or stock, fresh or canned Kosher or sea salt 1 c. shelled peas, fresh or frozen (if […]

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When shopping for shrimp, we follow the general rule of thumb � buy shrimp from the United States and avoid imported sources.

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From time to time you will want to own an out-of-print book. Or, you might want to purchase one for a friend. Luckily, there are resources on the Internet and over the phone that can help you track down that must-have cookbook. Fortunately, we have always found out-of-print cookbooks at one of these locations: Bonnie […]

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This menu is ideal for either a casual dinner or a special occasion meal. We love it because it turns out well every time and looks lovely on the plate.

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Though only our club‘s second cookbook, this book is an all-time, hands-down favorite. The recipes in Madhur Jaffrey’s Cookbook: Easy East/West Menus for Family and Friends capture the subtle flavors of Indian cuisine without the hassles. It features easy-to-follow recipes that rely on fresh, available ingredients to make warm, flavorful, and texturally interesting dishes. Serves […]

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This is one of our favorite summer salads. The combination of ingredients is truly fantastic: 1 sm. red onion 3 limes 1/2 of one watermelon 8 oz. feta cheese (or slightly more) one bunch flat-leaf parsley one sm. bunch fresh mint 4 Tbls. good olive oil 1/2 c. pitted black olives Freshly ground black pepper […]

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A Better Burger

May 20, 2008

We thought we couldn’t learn anything new about making a hamburger. But, our friends Lou and Ian taught us this trick:

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The South’s customs are old and well-preserved by decades of isolation. Family recipes are passed, almost verbatim, from generation to generation. A fierce sense of pride and attachment to both people and place results in traditions held fast. Virginia Willis, who grew up in Georgia and Louisiana, inherited her love of fresh, home-cooked food and […]

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Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. Her philosophy of food and the wide range of delicious vegetarian recipes makes this one of our favorite cookbooks by Madison. We love her reliance of farmer’s markets and local produce. Many of the dishes are simple, fragrant and colorful, and include creative ingredients that go well together […]

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Think Like a Chef

May 13, 2008

Think Like a Chef by Tom Colicchio. Simple ingredients combined with professionalism that takes food to the next level of cooking. The cookbook begins with discussing basic kitchen techniques: roasting, braising, blanching, and sauce-making – things that we think we may know how to do in the kitchen, but are we doing it properly and […]

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