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garlic fermented in honey

Garlic Fermented in Honey

This simple technique provides preserved garlic plus a delicious garlic-infused fermented honey, which you want in your salad dressings, marinating ...
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fermented garlic paste

Fermented Garlic Paste

Once this ingredient enters your kitchen, you will never be able to live without it again. I use the paste ...
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hot sauce

Smoky Fermented Hot Sauce

Scrambled eggs, takeout pizza, fried rice, mac and cheese, roasted veg … are all improved with hot sauce. I don’t ...
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black garlic

Black Garlic

You are either the kind of person that is willing to keep a slow cooker plugged in for weeks at ...
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This past weekend’s Virtual Ferment Fest was an absolutely fabulous, heart-lifting, globe-spanning microbial love fest. For  the festival, I did ...
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I have two early childhood sense memories of kraut. The first is the bigos -- a hearty Polish stew filled ...
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hazelnut garlic pesto

Hazelnut Garlic Pesto

A lovely pesto to stir into a pot of pasta, schmear on toast, or toss with roasted veggies. Hazelnut Garlic ...
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sourdough buckwheat galette

Sourdough Buckwheat Galette

My very first experience with producing food for other people to buy was making galettes in rural France. I was ...
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Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi fried rice, or Kimchi-bokkeumbap, is a popular korean dish, beloved in its home country and by hipsters the world ...
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All-Kraut Latkes

I happen to be working my way through several gallons of kraut in an attempt to free up cooler space ...
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greek frittata

Greek Frittata

A frittata is a chameleon meal. It works as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Easy enough to whip up in a ...
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apple and zucchini crostata

Rustic Zucchini and Apple Crostata

This was a fridge cleanout creation. I needed to use up a few random bits before heading off on a ...
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fruit shrub

Fruit Shrub

Shrubs are a great old-timey way to beat the heat. This vinegar-based drink is puckery and refreshing, and a cool ...
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sourdough flax crackers

Sourdough Flax Crackers

These crackers are based on a recipe I absolutely love from the Bar Tartine cookbook. They were our sometimes too ...
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spoonful of mustard

Whole Grain Mustard

Homemade mustard is infinitely more delicious than store bought. The end. Whole Grain Mustard Homemade mustard is infinitely more delicious ...
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Cultured Butter

Butter -- called “coagulated sunlight” by the poet Seamus Heaney -- is one life’s great luxuries. By fermenting cream before ...
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Sourdough Pizza

I'm mighty proud of this pizza dough. If your sourdough starter is bubbly and happy, get ready for some pizza ...
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fruit scrap vinegar

Fruit Scrap Vinegar

It's summer in Florida and I’m in the middle of tropical fruit mayhem. Mangoes just let up, and now my ...
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reese's peanut butter cup bars

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

This Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-inspired recipe represents my aesthetic well. It was inspired by my favorite menu item in the ...
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peach cobbler

Jesseka’s Peach Cobbler

Jesseka Rivera is the dessert queen of my heart. She worked in the kitchen at Ground Floor Farm, and now ...
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Chocolate Pistachio Oat Breakfast Cookies

These cookies are inspired by Heidi Swanson’s thinnest oatmeal cookies, which are an extremely classy treat. They remind me of ...
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Peanut Butter Olive Oil Brownies

A sweet treat for you, dear readers. Here is a brownie recipe that would honor any middle school bake sale ...
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chocolate buttermilk cake

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

I make a lot of cultured butter at work. I’m always trying to find creative ways to use up the ...
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berry oat crumble bars

Berry Oat Crumble Bars

Eating a strawberry that was picked ripe will ruin those cardboard imposters at the supermarket. Many of the fruits found ...
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