Category Archives: Recipes

Recipe: Mom’s Tangy Lemon Bars

My mother loved the lemon bars from Putnam Market in Saratoga Springs, so in honor of her 100th birthday I whipped up a close approximation based on a recipe from Alice Medrich. These are really easy to make and very, … Continue reading

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Recipe: Pickled Turnips Mediterranean-style

The pickled turnips at Falafel’s Drive-In in Cupertino, CA were so good I’d order extras on the side. Here’s my re-creation, with help from the Jerusalem cookbook. (I’ve tweaked Ottolenghi’s recipe which I feel is not sour enough.) A good … Continue reading

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Recipe: KFC-Style Black Eyed Pea Salad (AKA Kentucky Caviar)

In the South, folks eat black eyed peas around New Years Day for good luck. Thus it occurred to us to take our very popular KFC Three-Bean Salad and modify it for a KFC-Style Black Eyed Pea Salad. The result … Continue reading

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Recipe: Fermented Beet Pickles

Fermented beet pickles are similar to sauerkraut in texture and flavor profile, but made with beets. (If you’re looking for the traditional sweet beet pickles, here they are.) Toss them in a salad, or serve on a mezze plate with … Continue reading

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Recipe: Middle Eastern Lentil Salad with Cilantro

Christopher Kimball of Cook’s Illustrated came up with a novel cooking technique for this Middle Eastern Lentil Salad. The lentils are soaked, then cooked in the oven so they maintain their individual identity. This goes well on a mezze platter … Continue reading

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Recipe: Michael Bauer’s Bacon Chex Mix

Though best known as the feared and fussy restaurant critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Bauer had a midwestern upbringing rich in middle American pleasures like snack mix and bacon. Here, he (actually his mom) combines them in a … Continue reading

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Recipe: Panzanella Sandwich, AKA Poor Man’s (or Rich Man’s) Panzanella

Panzanella is a summery Italian salad that features chunks of rustic bread tossed with vegetables and doused in vinaigrette. And guess what? You can get pretty much the same product with a few hacks to your favorite sub to make … Continue reading

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Recipe: King’s Hawaiian Sausage Sliders

King’s Hawaiian Rolls are like regular dinner rolls, but slightly SWEET. I couldn’t resist making sliders from the new four-packs which are just right for a couple’s meal or a single hungry haole. This King’s Hawaiian Sausage Sliders recipe is … Continue reading

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Recipe: Stuffing Pudding (bread pudding made with leftover Thanksgiving stuffing)

Send that final tub of leftover stuffing out with a sweet farewell. Stuffing Pudding is made with Eagle Brand condensed milk, which you may well have around from your holiday bakes. Serves 8-10 as dessert. Ingredients: 4 c leftover bread … Continue reading

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Recipe: Amish Creamed Celery

Here’s a refreshingly different side dish to serve at Thanksgiving, when celery is on sale. I went ISO Amish Creamed Celery recipes because I missed out on the wedding feast* at Fisher’s Restaurant during my recent trip to Amish country. … Continue reading

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