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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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Instant Pot Black Beans, simple nourishment

We all need to have some building blocks for weeknight meals in our repertoires. These Instant Pot black beans are squarely in that category. They can be repurposed for so many uses from nachos to soups to quesadillas to black beans and rice. They’re a great component of so many simple lunches and dinners. Dried …

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Italian Meringue, toastable marshmallowy goodness

Italian meringue is easily my favorite meringue. It’s glossy and marshmallowy and incredibly versatile. Unlike basic French meringue, which involves simply whipping egg whites and sugar together and must later be cooked to be safe for eating (which is great in things like a pavlova), Italian meringue is cooked in the process of making it. …

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Raw Corn with Miso Lime Butter, a savory salad

This summer we’ve been overrun with sweet corn. There have been several ears in every farm box we’ve gotten for the last month. And while I love fresh sweet corn, boiled simply for a few minutes, slathered with butter and salt, we’ve had more than enough of it this summer. So I’ve been getting creative …

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How to Brown Butter (and win at baking)

One of my favorite techniques for making my baked goods more delicious is using brown butter in place of regular butter. What is brown butter? It’s butter that is heated until it reaches about 250°F, at which point the water boils off and the milk proteins and sugar begin to brown through a series of …

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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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