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Aki and Alex
Levittown, PA
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Local asparagus is everywhere and we are particularly fond of fat specimens, like the ones pictured above, for their versatility and their rich texture. Today we revisited one of our favorite techniques, that of salt searing. Instead of steaks, we... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Strawberry Lavender Thumbprint doughnuts and Banana Cream Pies. Years past May 29, 2015 May 29, 2014 May 29, 2013 May 29, 2012 May 29, 2011 May 29, 2010 May 29, 2009 May 29, 2008 May 29, 2007 May 29, 2006... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Because pretzel crumbs can make anything taste better. We substituted pretzel crumbs for the masa in our latest version of fried chicken. We served this with a cherry pepper caramel (cherry peppers were pureed with their brine and then added... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Asparagus, olive oil, salt, and the kiss of fire. Years Past May 27, 2016 May 27, 2014 May 27, 2013 May 27, 2012 May 27, 2011 May 27, 2010 May 27, 2009 May 27, 2008 May 27, 2007 May 27,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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I'm on a pickling kick and today I came across another bounty of organic cucumbers. I brought a bunch of them home and Alex immediately got excited about doing a classic dill pickle with vinegar, sugar, salt, jalapeno, garlic, and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Today the path led back to bacon and mushrooms. We have wrapped cured meats around mushrooms before. When I saw a tight nest of pioppini mushrooms I immediately saw a filet mignon. And that led to me wanting to wrap... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Occasionally an ingredient is so good it asks politely to be left alone. The difficulty is listening. We have the ability to do almost anything with and to an ingredient. Implementing restraint, doing absolutely nothing except enjoying the sun warmed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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We continue to search for delicious uses for doughnut spare parts. Today I took the trimmings from our marble doughnuts and made a marble loaf. Kinda ironic. I sprayed the inside of a large bundt pan with pan release and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Vanilla Yogurt white chocolate, maple syrup, lemon oil Years Past May 22, 2015 May 22, 2014 May 22, 2013 May 22, 2012 May 22, 2012 May 22, 2010 May 22, 2009 May 22, 2008 May 22, 2007 May 22, 2006... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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In a recent workshop we revisited our Rib Eye in Three Services. In this evolution we took a portion of the rib eye's eye and wrapped it in pepperoni. We did not use transglutaminase to bond the pepperoni in place.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Years Past May 20, 2015 May 20, 2014 May 20, 2013 May 20, 2012 May 20, 2011 May 20, 2010 May 20, 2009 May 20, 2008 May 20, 2007 May 20, 2006 May 20, 2005 Ideas in Food: Great Recipes... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Organic cucumbers were on sale at the market and I couldn't resist them. Of course once I got them home and opened the plastic wrap I discovered that I would need to use them up relatively quickly. Since I had... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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In a recent workshop we were exploring the shapes and textures of marshmallows. We dried a thin sheet of marshmallow in the dehydrator of overnight. We broke the crisp marshmallow (is it dried meringue?) into shards. We took the crisp... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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In our noodle making adventures we have learned that we need an incredibly intense flavor base to justify flavoring a noodle. Without a massive flavor to start we end up with only the idea of flavor when eating the noodles.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I made some muffins and quick bread with this box. They did bake up nicely, light and tender with a nice texture to the touch. As I chewed, the crumb almost seemed to dissolve in my mouth. The flour seemed to make my recipes taste sweeter and there was a faintly gritty aftertaste, almost as if I had some very fine sand in my mouth. That was probably the rice flour. So not bad, especially if you need to avoid dairy, soy, and nightshades, but I don't know that I'd rush out and buy it again.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2016 on Gluten Free, Allergy Free at IDEAS IN FOOD
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For his birthday this year Alex requested pie. Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie to be exact. It's his new favorite. Just because it's pie doesn't mean we can't decorate it and make it feel festive. Birthdays are all about sharing and caring and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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I'm not sure why it took us until today to blend kimchi and mayonnaise. We have made kimchi-blue cheese goodness but that is more complex and less universal than what we made this evening. We roughly chopped a jar of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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...Now we just have to test it and see how well it works. Years Past May 14, 2015 May 14, 2014 May 14, 2013 May 14, 2012 May 14, 2011 May 14, 2010 May 14, 2009 May 14, 2008 May... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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It seems these days that you can find almost any ingredient online or at your local markets. When I came across these jars of lard and tallow I couldn't resist. While I have been known to render my own fats,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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How do you look at the wear and tear of the kitchen? The trick is finding beauty in the everyday landscape. Years Past May 12, 2015 May 12, 2014 May 12, 2013 May 12, 2012 May 12, 2011 May 12,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Owning a very small doughnut shop has been a great experience. It brought us back into the retail market and allowed us to connect with our customers in a way that we can't do with our readers. It's actually brought... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I use the nettle leaf tea from Traditional Medicinals, they sell it at my local grocery store. I drink at least one large cup a day and try to aim for two whenever possible.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2016 on Hayfever Tip at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Every year we attempt to put more book reviews on the website. At one point I even had grand delusions of posting one a week because we have an enormous library, we write books, and we LOVE books. Then life... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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I have ridiculous allergies. They've worsened with age, to the point where the allergist looked at me and said, "You should basically wear a face mask whenever you work outside from spring to winter. That is definitely not happening and... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Also the sheer amount of salt in the miso should inhibit botulism. Lisa, Thanks for the comment. It's always good to dig a little deeper where safety is concerned.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2016 on Ramps in White Miso at IDEAS IN FOOD
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