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Appetizers and snacks

Recipes for appetizers and snacks and small nibbles from popcorn to pickled things to poached apples with cheese on toast.

Zucchini Fritters; easy, crisp, and satisfying

People often ask me how often my cooking experiments fail. And I have to be honest—not often. Not everything gets into the “good enough to share with the world” category, but pretty much everything is good enough to eat. But there have been a few notable exceptions. There were some very old dried chickpeas that …

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Quick Pickled Banana Peppers, refrigerator gold

There’s something magical about the way a well placed splash of acidity can brighten up a whole dish. And these pickled banana peppers are a great vehicle for taking so many meals from fine to OMG so good! Banana peppers get their name from their resemblance to bananas. They’re long and yellow and sometimes curve …

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Ramen Eggs, jammy soy-sauce marinated treats

These days, I’m all for simple when it comes to cooking. But I still like food with big flavors, that doesn’t feel like it all came out of a boxed mix. And it’s tough to beat these ramen eggs (ajitsuke tamago) for matching their ease with their great flavor. They’re just boiled eggs that get …

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How to Build a Killer Cheese Plate, a guide

So you want to put together a cheese plate? Great! It’s the kind of cooking that’s really more about shopping than anything else, which means that you don’t need to have particular skill in the kitchen to serve at your next gathering. But shopping for cheese can be intimidating. Especially if you, like most people, …

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Easy Hummus, chickpea and tahini magic

Hummus is such a simple mix of ingredients. When stripped down to the essentials, it’s really just chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. The word “hummus” means “chickpeas” in Arabic. And people have been swiping bread through similar versions of this mixture for centuries. Because when it works, it works. But homemade hummus can be …

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Curried Sweet Potato Latkes with Cilantro Mint Chutney

It’s not hard to make a good latke. I mean, they’re fried crispy potato cakes–what’s not to like? But these curried sweet potato latkes are so good. Especially if you, like me, have a soft spot for Indian flavors.  And while latkes are classic for Hanukkah, they certainly don’t need to be limited to that …

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