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Brian’s Chipotle Crema for a Hot Day with Grilled Corn

The current heat is good for some things and certainly great for one: corn. The burst of heat now is letting your local corn plants create sugar in those kernels as they expand to the bursting point. So, it’s the perfect weekend to visit your farmers market and grab as many fresh ears as you…

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Poblano Chili con Carne from James Peterson

From James Peterson’s Meat comes a new level of heat. His interpretation of chili [not chile] uses meat along with beans, but it’s the poblanos that make the difference. This is a hot dish. A beer evoking, tongue singing recipe that will put sweat on your brow. Those are facts, not a complaint. This chili…

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Smoked Chipotle Baked Beans

Slow food versus fast food. Slow food versus very slow food. Long cooking times can enable flavors and textures that simply are not possible with a microwave, a deep fryer or a simple broiler. Here’s a perfect example. You start with cooked white beans, adorn them with a parade of additional flavors and let the…

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Duck Breast Tostadas with Chipotle-Fig Sauce

One rule of life is that there are exceptions to every rule. One of my rules is that to make great food takes time. The leading restaurants of Paris have staff working 7 X 24 to embrace your palette with those velvety sauces. How can great ever be quick? This recipe is the exception, a remarkable one.…

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