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Twelfth Annual Birthday Dinner

Trying to shoehorn an extended essay into 140-character tweets is a pain, the threading is a nightmare and it’s impermanent. If only there was some other medium better suited to the purpose… Oh, what’s this? *blows dust of WordPress* How … Continue reading

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Eleventh Annual Birthday Dinner

How do I come up with the menus for the annual birthday dinners for She Who Must Be Obeyed? I pay attention to dishes that she’s enjoyed over the course of a year, either prepared by me, or that we’ve enjoyed while … Continue reading

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Smoke ’em If You Got ’em

It was our turn again for Can’t Talk, Eating, our quarterly dining club. Due to the host rotation this was our first winter meal, so we planned on heartier fare. We settled on a theme of “smoke” for all the … Continue reading

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Tenth Annual Birthday Dinner

  It’s hard to believe I’ve been cooking a birthday dinner for She Who Must Be Obeyed for ten years. This year I decided the menu would include some new dishes she had enjoyed over the past year, which would present … Continue reading

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Carrying a Torch

I have devoted a lot of time and effort into arriving at a consistent perfectly cooked steak. A combination of sous vide cooking and a high-heat final sear works every time to produce a medium rare result with a good … Continue reading

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A Trick of the Tail

There’s nothing like a bracing meat pie to get you through the winter cold. My search for a traditional steak and kidney version led me to this Heston Blumenthal recipe, which struck the proper balance between fussy and overly simple. … Continue reading

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Dots Unusual

Some of us are getting together to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen I have left over from one of the Harvard labs. Are you in?” How could I turn down an invitation like that? I’ve been dying to get … Continue reading

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Hello Pork Pie Fat (Charcutepalooza Challenge 9)

I discovered meat pies on the family trip to London two years ago. Our visit to the Tower of London included lunch, and, in the spirit of the adventure, I ordered a beef and ale pie. It was a pastry … Continue reading

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Preserving Summer

I am determined not to let any of my farmer’s market finds go to waste this summer. Anything that can’t be eaten while still fresh has to be converted into a form that will last, preferably something I can keep … Continue reading

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