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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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Trout with Cashews, Cilantro and Lime-Butter Sauce

  A long time ago, in a galaxy far away …  No, it was only the 1980’s and it was here, right here in the USA. Public television ran several series call Great Chefs. Great Chefs of Chicago. Great Chefs of New York. You may have seen them or remember the woman’s soft voice. When…

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