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We Learned How to Make These Perfect Meatballs

This looks scrumptious. But if you haven't the time and/or the grinder to make it all from scratch, could you substitute good quality sausage meat with a reasonable fat to meat 30% fat?

Aug 21, 2014
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Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Michael Ruhlman's Carolina BBQ Sauce is fabulous and foolproof:

BBQ Sauce Carolina Style

½ cup minced onion
1Tbs minced garlic
1 Tbs vegetable oil
½ cup cider vinegar
½ cup Worceshtershire Sauce
1 Tbs Coleman’s dry mustard
2 Tbs dark brown sugar
2 Tbs paprika (smoked paprika –sweet, medium or hot gives it an even smokier flavour)
1 Tbs kosher salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1cup catsup

1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Gently sauté the onion and garlic in the oil until softened but not coloured.

2. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Stir in the catsup and cook gently for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Sauce keeps for 1 week, refrigerated. (I find it keeps for months!)

Yield 2 cups

From: Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn (italics mine)

Jun 28, 2014
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Purslane - what do you do with it?

I had a fabulous purslane salad in a little Istanbul Resto. Made with chopped fresh purslane, grated celeriac and yogurt.

Jul 07, 2013
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what to do with kale?

My son game me a great tip for kale make it softer (but still crisp), prep it by massaging lemon juice into the leaves a few hours before serving. Tear it into fairly small but not itsy-bitsy pieces as a big piece of kale, massaged or not, still takes a little work in the mouth. Dried cranberries, sour cherries, or pomegranate arils, almost any kind of nut, all are good additions along with a dressing made of olive oil, a dash or two of pomegranate syrup, sherry or other vinegar and/or maple syrup. Hazelnut oil....the list goes on...but whatever combo, kale salad is always a hit and a big surprise to most people.

Jul 05, 2013
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Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I've made an even simpler version of this in the winter when it's too cold to brave our Green Egg. I just rub the shoulder with a good southern bbq mix of dry sure to include Smoked Paprika - it does add to the BBQ feel...and then put it in with maybe just a splash of water and cider vinegar..I add sauce wonderfully. Same is true for side or back ribs - slather them with your spice rub, stand 'em up in the slow cooker and cook til they're falling apart delicious.

Feb 01, 2013
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super-delicious, super-flavourful broccoli recipe?

the Cook's Illustrated Recipe calls for 1/2 tsp of sugar to boost the carmelizing process...not 1-2 TBS....makes quite a difference.

Jan 18, 2013
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Purslane - what do you do with it?

mmm...I'll try this one too!

Aug 07, 2012
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Purslane - what do you do with it?

Just noticed my typo....that's celeriac....celery root....just in case anyone thought I was trying to say celery! It really is a terrific little condiment....

Aug 07, 2012
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Purslane - what do you do with it?

We had a wonderful dish with purslane in Istanbul at the Cukor Meyhane. It was thick yogurt mixed with raw grated celeric and chopped purslane. Delicious with fish or chicken or as a dip. Back home, purslane is hard to find so I make it with chopped arugula and a squirt or two of lemon juice instead.

Aug 07, 2012
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Cappadocia Restaurants

Four of us had a lovely meal last night at the Orient Restaurant. Daily special was 4 courses of tasty flavorful Turkish food for just 27.50 lira. Free starter was plate of divine roasted tomatoes and olives. Many other menu options with very good-looking dishes. An interesting, comfortable place with attentive and friendly service. Enjoy a glass of the house won't be sorry.

May 18, 2012
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Poached Chicken and Pomegranate Orzo

Haven't cooked this yet but would highly recommend using Greek orzo rather than's a harder wheat variety, takes longer to cook, but holds its shape and texture extremely well. And if you are looking for a quick, dead-simple way of getting the seeds out of a pomegranate, find out, as Martha Stewart did, how billions of South Asians do it:

Jan 06, 2012
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Don't Waste It, Freeze It

I got tired of finding moulding little cans of tomato paste in the back of my fridge after a recipe that needed just 1 tablespoon. Now I scoop the leftovers out in handy tbs chunks, freeze them on a plate, then chuck em in a plastic bag until I need another tablespoon. Works for pesto and other similar condiments.

Sep 02, 2011
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Basic Steamed Wild Rice

As a long time wild ricer, I would suggest cooking til most of the grains are popped. Otherwise, the rice can be tough and a bit too chewy. I'd add more water - 3cups to 1 cup of the rice and simmer fairly briskly...usually takes about 45 minutes. And yes, drain any leftover liquid.

Mar 24, 2011
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Petite Thuet - King & Yonge

I recently discovered Petite Thuet at 1 King W and am richer for it. Haven't tried the croissants yet, but their soups are divine...especially Mushroom White Truffle. The Lamb Shank Navarin is hearty and tasty - lots of meat and a great moist topping of scallop potatoe and fets. But the Beef Kobe with Sweetbreads is off the scale. It's full of flavour and gorgeous textures. My husband and I made one meal of 2/3'rds of it and then had the rest for brunch today diced and re-heated with a fried egg on top. The world's most gourmet hash! And all this for about the price of a large pizza with soggy ceasar.

Based on a small sized sample, we are serving their lemon tart to our dinner guests tonight.

White Truffle
139 Broadway, Orangeville, ON L9W1K2, CA

Petite Thuet
1 King St W, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

Slow Cooked Rack of Lamb

I'd like to try this but don't have her book onhand....does she brown the racks first? thanks...

Nov 27, 2010
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