Spicy Parsley-Scallion Pesto

In the Phong Nha region of Vietnam, they serve a spicy green sauce with BBQ pork.  Ingredients include Vietnamese coriander, garlic, lemon leaves, lemon zest, hot pepper and sugar.  Its spicy and sweet: a perfect combination. I wanted to recreate the flavors but didn’t have access to lemon leaves.  And since I had a ton…

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What To Do With Your CSA

The season is just getting started, and I’m already stumped for how to make something interesting with my weekly bounty.  Ridiculous amounts of radishes and gobs of garlic scapes were taking up a ton of space in my refrigerator (which died and needed to be quickly replaced this week).  I ended up making a version…

The Science of Mac and Cheese

According to Modernist Cuisine at Home, sodium citrate is the key to “silky smooth” mac and cheese.  And there is no substitution.  The cookbook claims you can find it in the kosher aisle of grocery stores.  Not true.  And not even in NYC where kosher sections abound.  Frustrated after searching in dozens of stores, I…

Roasted Pepper Maple Bourbon Sauce

In my never-ending quest to figure out what to do with all the peppers I keep getting from my CSA, I found a Roasted Pepper BBQ sauce on Epicurious.  It had good reviews and since I’m always tweaking things, I couldn’t resist playing around with this recipe. My first attempt was shockingly delicious, spicy, flavorful…