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Hummus and Pita

Hummus and Pita

It's not difficult to understand the crazy popularity of hummus.  Easy to make (with ingredients found almost anywhere), vaguely healthy, cheap, and versatile.   But like many popular things, it has strayed very far from authenticity.  People have added all kinds...

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Funfetti Cake

Funfetti Cake

Unlike Molly, and maybe many of you, this was not an "iconic cake of my childhood" mainly because I was a child in the 1960s and cake innovation technology just wasn't there yet. But even without the strong pull of nostalgia, how can you not be drawn to this cake? It's got "fun" right in the title for crying out loud!

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Appetites

Appetites

I've been a fan of Anthony Bourdain's since Kitchen Confidential and I've always felt a little bad for him in that he's gotten one of those super-sticky labels that famous people acquire (sometimes unfairly), in his case: "bad boy," or "the bad boy of cooking."  It...

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The Food Lab

The Food Lab

Sometimes the hardest part of all of this is choosing a worthwhile book to review.  Why?  Well, frankly there's a lot of merde out there.  From a cursory Amazon search of 7,663 [actual number not a re-enactment] cookbooks published in the last 90 days the vast...

Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Jerusalem: Mejadra

Jerusalem: Mejadra

It's lentils.  It's rice.  It's fried onions.  It's like an onion ring salad but rendered guilt free because...it's got lentils!  And they're good for you!  No wonder it is ancient and "popular throughout the Arab world" (according to the authors) and that there is...

Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes
Meatless: Broccoli Rabe and Butternut Squash Pizzas with Hazelnut Dough

Meatless: Broccoli Rabe and Butternut Squash Pizzas with Hazelnut Dough

Let's start out with a winner from this book. I probably have more recipes for pizza and pizza dough than any other single type of dish.  I've got a skillet pizza dough (that uses beer as the leavener), a recipe for grilled pizza (amazing), quick pizza doughs, slow...

Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen
Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Spring Pea Toasts with Lemon Olive Oil and Fresh Pea Shoots

Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Spring Pea Toasts with Lemon Olive Oil and Fresh Pea Shoots

I'm not going to lie to you: I made this way back in the spring when I was able to get fresh spring peas at the farmers' market (or as Miss Sarah says they're called in the south, English peas).  But I might try them with regular frozen peas sometime because this...

Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen
Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Summer Corn Cakes with Chopped Tomato and Avocado Salad

Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Summer Corn Cakes with Chopped Tomato and Avocado Salad

The last time my sister (the soon-to-be-famous writer) was in town we ate at a wonderful place called Tweet and I knew she had out-ordered me when I tasted her arepas.  They were heavenly corn pancakes served with salsa, black beans, avocado and sour cream.  I may...

Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen
Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Spicy Pepper Jelly-Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Spicy Pepper Jelly-Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

I have made many recipes like this one.  You marinate a pork tenderloin, apply some type of wonderful glaze and grill it, re-applying the glaze as it cooks.  And this one didn't fare any better than any of those.  The problem being that none of this imparts much...

Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen
Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Grilled Peach Salad with Shaved Country Ham and Summer Herbs

Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen: Grilled Peach Salad with Shaved Country Ham and Summer Herbs

My problem with this salad can probably best be summed up in one shocking statement: I don't actually like peaches.  I hate to be the world's biggest party-pooper, and right in the midst of High Peach Season, and I know you will say that I have probably never had a...