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182. Georgian Salsa p.896

182. Georgian Salsa p.896

The recipe
I know next to nothing about the republic of Georgia, but this salsa has me pricing out flights. This salsa, and the stew I added it to are probably the most memorable things I’ve eaten this year. None of the ingredients used in the dish are particularly exotic, but the flavour is unlike anything [...]

20 July 2008 | Sauces and Salsas, The Book | Comments Off
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181. Persian Rice with Pistachios and Dill p.258

181. Persian Rice with Pistachios and Dill p.258

The recipe
My parents who spent the last two years in India, have become rice snobs. I don’t know much about rice, or think too much about it. To me it’s a side dish, serviceable, and functional, but not really worthy of notice. My parents however are attuned to the subtle differences in texture, flavour, and [...]

11 July 2008 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 6 Comments
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165. Chocolate Macaroons p.676

165. Chocolate Macaroons p.676

I can’t find the recipe for these online, but they’re so good I’ll retype it for you lovely people.
FOR MACAROONS
1 1/3 cups (7 ounces) skinned whole almonds
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
7/8 cup egg whites (from 6 large eggs)
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
FOR GANACHE FILLING
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons whole [...]

17 May 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 10 Comments
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157. Sicilian Meatballs p.222

157. Sicilian Meatballs p.222

I can’t find a recipe for these meatballs online, but I can’t stand to think that the internet will go without it for another day.
3/4 cup fine fresh bread crumbs from Italian bread (crusts discarded)
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup (2 3/4 oz) whole almonds with skin, toasted
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound ground beef chuck
1/2 [...]

11 April 2008 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 3 Comments
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133. Poached Salmon in Aspic p.318

133. Poached Salmon in Aspic p.318

The recipe
I had so much fun making and presenting this, that even if it been inedible, it would have been worth it. Luckily, it tasted quite good. I absolutely knew that I needed an occasion to serve this dish. In honour of the aspic coated days of yore we organized a retro-potluck extravaganza. People brought [...]

20 December 2007 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 4 Comments
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121. Duck Breasts with Orange Ancho Chile Sauce p.396

121. Duck Breasts with Orange Ancho Chile Sauce p.396

The recipe
This recipe was a show stopper. It’s the only recipe for duck breast in the book, and that’s a real shame. Magret de canard is one of the staples of the Québécois culinary scene, a distinctive take on the seared duck breast is de rigueur for any restaurant interested in cuisine de terroir. Fusion [...]

21 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 5 Comments
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119. Turkey Wraps with Chipotle Mayonnaise p.189

119. Turkey Wraps with Chipotle Mayonnaise p.189

I can’t find an online version of this recipe, but it was good enough to earn a 5 mushroom ratings so I’ll give it to you here.
FOR PICKLED ONION
1 red onion (6 ounces), sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
FOR CHIPOTLE MAYONNAISE
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in [...]

14 November 2007 | Sandwiches & Pizzas, The Book | 4 Comments
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116. Grilled Cornish Hens with Basil Butter p.392

116. Grilled Cornish Hens with Basil Butter p.392

The recipe for this one isn’t online, but it was so good I’m going to give it to you here.
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (1 1/4- to 1 1/2- pound) Cornish hens, rinsed and patted dry
Stir together butter, [...]

6 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 4 Comments
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110. Moroccan-Style Roast Cornish Hens with Vegetables p.392

110. Moroccan-Style Roast Cornish Hens with Vegetables p.392

The recipe
This was my first experiment with Cornish hens, and I think I’m in love. I watched an episode of Freaks and Geeks the other night. In one scene the mother roasts Cornish hens, and serves them to her skeptical family, who use the hens as puppets for a dance routine, and complain that they [...]

25 October 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 4 Comments
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93. Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Lemon, Herbs, and Garlic p.502

93. Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Lemon, Herbs, and Garlic p.502

The recipe
Spring lamb simply prepared is one of the best rewards I can think of for having suffered through a long winter. Spring lamb comes from a younger animal than lamb without an adjective. Generally spring lamb is 3-5 months old, but it can be called lamb right up until a year old. As [...]

16 September 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 1 Comment
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