December 2011

Two-bean stew with corn dumplings

December 19, 2011
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Every now and then I’ll come across a new ingredient that completely fascinates me. In this case, it is masa harina, a finely-ground corn flour with the essence of lime, used in Latin American cooking. I first bought it to make tamales. The tamales came out pretty well, but they require a bit more time [...]

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Chickpeas, turnips, and carrots in a spiced coconut sauce

December 12, 2011
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I’ve been shopping and cooking a little differently these days. I typically shop at the farmer’s market once a week, picking and choosing whatever looks good to purchase. But a few weeks ago I started buying the produce box at Hollygrove Market and Farm. It’s a great selection of the best of what local farms have [...]

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Indian-style red lentils with kale

December 4, 2011
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On a recent visit to my sister’s house, her husband cooked us a dinner of Indian dal, meaning lentils – in this case, red lentils. It was a recipe he learned from some Indian friends of theirs. It was delicious, and I knew it was something I had to try to recreate for myself. Red lentils [...]

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