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Cilantro Cream from Dos Caminos Tacos by Ivy Stark

There are no little things, or so someone said to me. Several times before she left. Anyway. It turns out, there are small things, tiny gems that can adorn a plate or a dish and promote it from good to great. Take sour cream. By itself, white and stingy to the palate. Put it atop…

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Sweet Potatoes with Garlic, Ginger, and Cilantro

  When Suzen tells a group that has come to do a group event at Cooking by the Book that they will be preparing a sweet potato side dish, you can see the frowns on many faces. “Trust me. You haven’t had anything like this,” she reassures her audience. We never have leftovers. Guests, who…

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Cilantro, Raisin and Almond Rice [Not my Grandmother’s]

  Have you ever done something that seemed strange, maybe wrong, but you did not know why and you just did it anyway? I really never thought about it growing up. My grandmother did it, taught me, and always seemed naturally comfortable doing it. It was one of my earliest food memories. I knew, of…

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Creamy and Cool Cilantro Dip

For our weekend party, we marinated 25 pounds of chicken wings in two quarts of Franks Red Hot sauce. I like people. I believe in mercy. I though some folks just, just might enjoy a dipping sauce that could counter all that heat. Suzen and I had homemade blue cheese dip for the wings, of…

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