Caramelized Mushroom Stock (+ Consommé & Demi-Glace)

Carmelized Mushroom Stock

This marvelous all vegetable brown stock is the result of a bit of serendipity. I read something about a 3-star French chef who has done away with traditional veal stock, replacing it with caramelized mushroom stock. He swears it’s as good or better than meat-based stock. What a bold and ...

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Fava Bean Greens, Walnut & Orange Pesto in Jars  (3)

Fava Bean Greens, Walnut & Orange Pesto

Every year, I create a couple of new pestos. When I encountered fava bean greens at the Portland Farmers Market in early April, my first thought was, naturally, PESTO. The flavor of the greens is delicate, ...

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Vietnamese Crispy Rice Cake with Lettuce Leaves, Fresh Herbs & Nuoc Cham Sauce

Vietnamese Crispy Crepes (Banh Xeo)

You’re first bite of Vietnamese Crispy Crepes, served lettuce-wrap style with fresh mint, cilantro, Thai basil, prawn and pork filling, and sweet-sour-spicy-hot Nuoc Cham sauce is going to push all your ...

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Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies 7

Chewy Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

I have baked a gazillion batches of brownies in my life, trying to achieve a truly chewy brownie. I’m surprised I didn’t give up at some point in the process. But there’s a persistent memory of a neighbor’s ...

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