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Spicy Basmati Rice with Black Mustard Seeds

  Ingredients 2 cups basmati rice 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, peeled, halved, and sliced into paper-thin half rings 1 red bell pepper, sliced into very thin strips (optional) 2 teaspoons black mustard seed 2 teaspoons fresh minced … Continue reading

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The Hunt for Better Chicken

Over the past thirty years or so there has been a steady decline in the quality of the chicken that can be purchased at the supermarket. The flesh has no firmness because the chicken industry primarily raises chickens crammed together … Continue reading

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Lunch at Lilac Blossom, Nashua, NH

A few months ago, my good friend and coworker Darshan recommended that my wife and I try his favorite Chinese restaurant in Nashua, Lilac Blossom. We found ourselves in Nashua on a recent Saturday, so we dropped in for lunch. … Continue reading

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Pie Dough Made With Vodka

Ingredients for one double-crust pie 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour 8 tablespoons leaf lard (cut into small pieces) 8 tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons sugar (optional) 1/4 cup vodka, cold (brandy works … Continue reading

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Dave’s Carrot Cake

I’m not sure how many different carrot cake recipes I’ve tried or modified over the years. I never really kept track. But no matter the recipe, there was always something missing, until eventually I came across a recipe that was almost perfect. Continue reading

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Dave & Elisa’s Apple Cranberry Pie

Ingredients Pie dough (enough for a top and bottom, with a bit to spare) 18 Tbsp. butter, chilled 6 Tbsp. lard, chilled 3 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 Tbsp. sugar 3/4 cup ice water Pie … Continue reading

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Dave’s Hearty Sausage Soup

Ingredients 3 lbs. Italian sweet sausage, removed from casings and crumbled 4 slices bacon, diced 2 cups red onions, finally chopped 4 teaspoons Emeril’s Essence 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 bay leaves 1 cup … Continue reading

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Ribollita – Hearty, healthy and delicious!

Tools Large Stock Pot with lid Wooden Spoon Ladle Deep bowl for soaking beans Pot with lid for cooking beans Immersion Blender (optional but helpful) Large baking sheet Ingredients 1 bunch cavolo nero (black leaf kale) ribbed and cut into … Continue reading

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