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White Bean Spread

White Bean Spread

White beans have an exceptionally creamy texture, but a more delicate flavor than chick peas. Pair them with garlic, good olive oil and a few herbs and before you know it you'll have a creamy, delicious spread more subtle (but no less addictive) than hummus.
Carrot Pie

Carrot Pie

Carrot pie? Really! Similar to pumpkin pie, this forgotten pie filling has a vibrant orange color, velvety smooth texture and zesty-sweet flavor. A perfect new (old) pie for spring.
Homemade Veggie Burgers

Homemade Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers don’t always have to be seen as a second-rate meat substitute; at their best they have a wholesome, not-too-filling-but-still-satisfying vegetable-y goodness. From a culinary perspective, veggie burgers are just a savory vegetable croquette topped with all of the delicious trimmings of a burger. The freezer section of your local grocery probably has its...
Savory Lentils & Greens

Savory Lentils & Greens

  I didn’t mean for this dish to be so good. I was really just looking for something serviceable as a vehicle to explain how to cook lentils. But it turned out to be so easy and delicious, I might just be making it all the time. Is two nights in a row too much?...
Cooking Dried Beans

Cooking Dried Beans

Dried beans are one of the few food products that are cheap and durable enough to also double as childhood craft supplies. But they are good for more than gluing to your turkey themed collage or for filling tiny sacks of potatoes in your latest diorama; dried beans can and should have a starring role...
Potato Skin Crisps

Potato Skin Crisps

As I have mentioned before, potato skins can be put to good use in making a flavorful batch of broth. But they are also quite tasty cooked all by themselves. Recently I made a huge batch of sunchoke soup (incidentally if you ever have the better part of an afternoon to kill and feel like...
Whole Wheat Crackers

Whole Wheat Crackers

I enjoy all of the little– shall we say– particularities of working with pastry doughs. They must be carefully handled. (As one of my dear pastry instructors would say “like children: gentle, but firm.”) They must rest, chilled, for the appropriate amount of time, allowing the gluten to relax. Then they must be cut and...
Vanilla

Vanilla

Vanilla– how on earth can I pretend to write about kitchen economy and still write about vanilla?  Famously the second most expensive spice (first place goes to those electric little threads of saffron), vanilla is very expensive in all its forms (whole beans, paste, extract and powder.) It is possible to save money on costly...
Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

If you read the “ingredients” section in any book with a pastry chef’s name on the front, you will likely find a discussion of that chef’s preferred vanilla bean, complete with a discussion of its unique and superior qualities. Now let me first state that there is a marked difference between vanilla beans from different...
Cabbage Stem and Fennel Salad

Cabbage Stem and Fennel Salad

Ingredients: The stem from one small head of cabbage one small head of fennel half of an apple or pear the juice from one lemon salt olive oil Cut Veggies: Using a grater or a Japanese Mandolin, cut the cabbage stem into paper thin slices. Getting really thin sections of cabbage is a must for...
Bread Scraps

Bread Scraps

Leaving leftover bread out to stale is actually on of the best ways to preserve it. When my bread has past its prime (usually 5 days for a home-made sourdough loaf– breads that are not leavened with sourdough will stale more quickly) I cut off the crust and tear the remaining bread into pieces. Leave...
Labne (Yogurt Cheese)

Labne (Yogurt Cheese)

Cutting back on my budget has, inevitably, meant cutting back on cheese. Cheese really ought to be an expensive product. To get a little perspective on food costs, I’ll often think of all of the steps it takes to produce a particular food product. Cheese gets very involved: first feed must be grown to nourish...