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buttermilk-sourdough rye waffles with yogurt, orange flower water, oranges, and pomegranate seeds.
I almost never update this, but here's a waffle recipe I've been working on. SOURDOUGH RYE WAFFLES (adapted from a King Arthur recipe ) PREFERMENT 2.5 ounces sourdough culture 3 ounces water 3 ounces rye flour OVERNIGHT SPONGE 8 ounces bread or AP flour 5 o...

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canelés, attempt nº 3
It's been a while since I made canelés. Used Paula Wolfert's recipe again , using a vanilla bean in place of extract, AP flour in lieu of cake flour, and brandy instead of rum (didn't have any rum!) The "white oil" that I used is sunflower oil and beeswax. ...

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rhubarb daal
This is a wonderful way to enjoy rhubarb as a vegetable, and a tart and refreshing meal for a spring evening. Start with some oil in a heavy pot, and heat up ½ tsp. cumin, ½ tsp. coriander, and 2 tsp. each brown and yellow mustard seeds until they start pop...

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roasted, marinated asparagus
This is refreshing on a hot and stormy evening after a long day outside: in the morning, roast a bunch of aspargus with olive oil under a broiler, or on a grill, until warm. Drain the asparagus, and toss with lemon juice and zest, capers and a bit of brine ...

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something bright for a cold january
  This is a really simple salad form the Ottolenghi cookbook — I've been making this salad with English cucumbers (pictured here but those small Mexican cucumbers are even better), poppy seeds, Fresno peppers, salt, sugar, rice vinegar, and sunflower oil. I...

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seeded rye — returning to bread
As the "Polar Vortex" descends upon Chicago again, I decided that I needed a good, hearty bread for lunches this week. I made Dan Lepard 's seeded rye (from Short and Sweet ), using anise seeds, coriander, caraway, and lemon zest as its spice; I substituted...

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Pining for a coast?
I've been eating less seafood in Chicago than I might have eaten back in Massachusetts — I know that much food travels way too far either way — but some fish (sardines, mackerel) really don't travel. And then I realized that we can get decent mussels. I mad...
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