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Berbere Spice Paste

Makes 2 3/4 cups Berbere is a traditional Ethiopian spice blend made with chiles, warming spices, fenugreek, and other aromatic ingredients. Use this paste to rub meats, poultry, and fish before grilling. Ingredients 4 pequin chiles, seeds and stem removed 2 teaspoons cardamom seeds 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon […]

Main Dishes, Pantry

Chestnut-Cocoa Rotolo Sheets

Makes 1 1/4 lb dough Use this pasta dough in our recipe for Rolled Pasta with Pumpkin and Chestnut. Ingredients 12 oz (2 1/2 cups) all-purpose or tipo 00 flour 4 oz (1 cup) chestnut flour 6 tablespoons cocoa powder 5 medium eggs Directions Combine the flour, cocoa powder, and […]

Pantry, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

Classic Barbecue Sauce

Makes 3 cups sauce This is a classic mild, sweet-style barbecue sauce with a very slight acidity that gives the flavor balance. It is a good, thick, general-use, red barbecue sauce that works well with chicken, beef, and pork. Ingredients 2 tablespoons corn oil 1/2 cup minced onion 2 cups […]

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Dry Taco Seasoning

Makes 1/4 cup Keep this taco seasoning on hand for whenever you want to spice up some ground meat or sautéed vegetables for a wrap. It is lower in sodium than most packaged taco seasonings. Epazote is an herb used in Mexican cooking. It is similar to oregano, so you […]

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Mayonnaise

Makes 2 cups mayonnaise We love making mayonnaise the old fashioned way (for special occasions!), but you can also make it in a blender. Follow the directions, plus instead of a bowl, combine the yolks, water, vinegar, mustard, and sugar in a blender, and steam in the oil while it’s […]

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Mozzarella Cheese

Makes 2 pounds Ingredients 6 oz salt 1 gallon water 2 lb mozzarella cheese curd, cut into 1/2-inch cubes Directions Add the salt to the water and bring to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat. Place the cheese curd in a bowl and pour enough water around the […]

Pantry

Sushi Rice

Makes about 5 cups cooked rice Ingredients 2 cups Japanese short-grain white rice 2 tablespoons sake 2 cups water, preferably bottled 1 (4- by 6-inch) piece kombu 1/4 cup Japanese rice vinegar (not seasoned) 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar Directions Wash the rice: Place rice into medium heavy-bottomed pot […]

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Thanksgiving Turkey Brine

Makes enough for 1 large turkey; about 2 gallons This is a relatively simple brine, but it can also be a great starting point for your creative additions. Add sliced apples, fennel seed, rosemary, or virtually any flavoring that suits your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Tomato Ketchup

Yields 1 quart Ingredients 2 tablespoons brown sugar, plus more as needed 1/3 cup minced onion (from about 1/4 medium yellow onion) 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 tsp) Two 28-oz cans whole peeled plum tomatoes, seeded if desired 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers 1/2 cup red wine […]