Cassoulet

Cassoulet

Earlier this year, Melissa Clark published The New Essentials of French Cooking in the New York Times and I took it as a personal challenge from Melissa to me.  To which I said, out loud in my home, like a boss "game on Melissa. Game on." And why not start with the...

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Kansas City BBQ Brisket

Sometimes a certain dish calls out to you, maybe prompted by a picture, a season, a memory, a craving, a passing aroma.  In paging through the recipes in this book one thing I really wanted to make was a barbecued beef sandwich that would taste like one from this...

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Grilled Eggplant with Yogurt Sauce

This recipe attempts to solve a couple of eggplant problems: excessive moisture and an unpleasant texture best described as "spongy."  Grilling (vs. other cooking methods) itself solves the moisture by letting it all drip away.  To avoid sponginess we are slicing into...

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Juicy Lucy Burgers

Apparently a Minneapolis tavern specialty, the Juicy Lucy is a burger with the cheese -- are you sitting down? -- inside. Wow, way to blow our minds, half of the Twin Cities!  I'm not sure what the advantage is to a cheese surprise but it's a cheeseburger and I adore...

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