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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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Brian’s Salsa Verde with Canned Tomatillos and Perhaps Some Avocado

The days are longer and warmer. If it is not quite summer yet, we can pretend. The fresh, bright flavor of tomatillo salsa is always a pleasure.  Whether with chips or atop chicken or fish, this condiment can rule the table. It’s best made fresh and enjoyed within the hour. If you do have leftovers,…

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Cheese Stuffed Pupusas with Avocado Crema

Here is Southwestern comfort food par excellance. A masa dough is stuffed with cheese and then served with salsa, or better, avocado creama. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, appetizer or just a snack du jour. Here are both recipes for your pleasure. The crema is universal. Use it in place of salsa, with chicken, in tacos or…

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Grilled Vegetable and Arugula Salad with Crostini

  It’s strictly your choice. This salad can be just that: salad. Or, it can be the entire meal. There is asparagus and zucchini here, which provide bulk and substance as well as flavor. Tomatoes provide their usual accents while avocadoes donate their rich, cream texture, here in a grilled format. There is so much…

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