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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.

Quick Pickled Poblano Peppers, green and bright

These pickled poblano peppers are the sort of thing I like to have in the refrigerator all the time. They bring a welcome bit of acidity to so many dishes that could use a little oomph. They’re kind of a secret weapon. Poblano peppers are versatile. They’re medium in the heat department—well below a jalapeño …

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Bombay Rolls, a genius savory appetizer

Stop what you’re doing right now. Make a list to pick up puff pastry, cilantro, mint, some finger chiles or serrano peppers, sharp cheddar cheese, a lemon, and some red onion the next time you go to the grocery store. Because you want to make these Bombay rolls. (Unless you’re a cilantro hater, in which …

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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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