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Oh, so yummy

I checked out Madhur Jaffrey’s Step-by-Step Cooking from the Mérida English Language Library and now I want a copy of my own! Her World of the East, Vegetarian Cooking is one of my favorites. This one has wonderful meat recipes too. So far I have made Sichuan Shredded Beef with Carrots and Chiles, Pork with Long Beans and Chives ,Chickpeas with Garlic and Ginger, Miso Shiru (Pacsadelli has Aka miso in the refrigerated section) , Easy Beef Curry and Summer Soup with Pork and Cucumber.The Sichuan Beef is really good, in fact I think it’s good enough for company. The portions were very generous so next time I am going to use half the amount of meat, and maybe more carrot. Because I was feeling timid, I only used one green jalapeño rather than the 3 or 4 red or green chiles the recipe called for. I am going to search out some red serranos and use more. I think ...

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Just what is a Gougère anyway?

The Cook’s Enclyclopedia of VEGTABLES by Christine Ingram caught my eye when I was at MEL looking for more reading material. The pictures are eye candy and the recipes are interesting. I made several things including the Cauliflower and Mushroom Gougère , a gougère according to Wikipedia is a savory choux pastry with cheese. This recipe was extremely tasty and I am planning on making it again.I think Ms Ingram is British or at least she isn’t American, because some of her cooking terms confused me or at least amused me a bit. She uses African terms for things like yucca and malanga, but if you already cook with these items they are easily identified.Unfortunately, I think her proofreader either missed a few things or isn’t a cook. The Borscht recipe, for example, she specifies one large onion in the ingredients section but the next time she mentions the onion she tells you to “add the onion, fry for 2-3 ...

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Vegetarian Cookbook Recommendation

Teresa asked me to recommend a vegetarian cookbook. I am stumped. Husband was a vegetarian for 15 years until we moved here, he decided to come join me as an omnivore simply because he didn’t want his life to be about what he couldn’t eat. I have a friend here who does mostly raw and living foods, which is pretty easy in some ways and difficult in others.There are so many styles of vegetarians, for me it has always meant, you don’t eat meat. By meat I mean beef, poultry, rabbit, game, fish, pork, mutton, goat, insects, crustaceans, invertebrates, fish and anything else that once was alive and breathing. If you chose to further restrict your choices by avoiding dairy, eggs and honey that means vegan to me.It used to make me nuts, “oh, yeah, I am a vegetarian except I eat fish, or poultry or whatever”, well, then you aren’t a vegetarian cuz you eat meat, you are on ...

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Cookbook recommendations

I woke up this morning feeling achy, it’s the 75º weather we are experiencing. If I wanted to be cold I would have stayed NOB. I was trying to think of something to blog about, but all I could think of is how much my knees hurt, then I found this Slate article recommending cookbooks to buy as gifts, and one of them is Madhur Jaffrey’s World of the East Vegetarian Cooking which I use all the time, I decided to pass the link on to you. I’m no longer vegetarian, I tend to think of myself as an omnivore, but regular cookbooks seldom have interesting vegetable dishes to offer. Besides, you can always add meat to a recipe, it isn’t always as easy to remove it.So enjoy the article, and if you do decide to order one of the great cookbooks recommended, and are buying through Amazon, then please use the Amazon link provided on my blog.

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