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Goat Cheese Log Appetizer for Holiday Parties [or for you]

Over the next few weeks, culminating on Super Bowl Sunday, you’ll be attending parties and probably hosting one or two as well. What can you do for appetizers that is holiday bold? Chips and dips and guac do eventually become a tad boring. Pepper and honey have longer legs. Take a log of goat cheese…

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Corinne Trang’s Many Layered Guacamole Surprise

A month ago I posted the technique for making a Fruit Mostarda, a condiment made of candied fruit in a mustard-flavored syrup. The immediate use is as a great appetizer on crackers or bread with some goat cheese. Or brie. Or simply your favorite cheese for appetizer nibbling. The mostarda has enough power to avoid…

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Horseradish and Avocado Quenelles from Bitter by Jennifer McLagan

In her latest book Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, Jennifer McLagan entices us to put away our instinctive fear of the flavor bitter. Yes, instinctive. Many of the plants and berries that our earlier hunter-gatherer ancestors were foraging were things that would make us sick. Or dead. Through evolution, we just…

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Glazed Shiitake Mushrooms

Lamb. A lovely meat, particularly when prepared the right way. My grandmother, all Scottish, would cook me lamb chops. And cook them. And keep cooking them. Why do Scots use mint jelly with lamb? It’s to lubricate your teeth so you have a fighting chance to penetrate meat that is just a tad tough. Supermarkets…

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