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Spin All the Things!

Visitors to the Belm Utility Research Kitchen, after seeing all of the gadgets and equipment, always ask “Is there anything else you need?” My answer is always the same: I’d like a chamber vacuum sealer and an ultracentrifuge. The former … Continue reading

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Salep Happy

Mess around with enough ice cream recipes and you discover the differences in texture created by certain ingredients. My go-to recipe uses egg yolks to make a denser, more custard-like ice cream than Philadelphia-style, which is made without. Adding various … Continue reading

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St. Julia’s Day 2012

Wednesday would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday. For this year’s St. Julia’s Day dinner (previous efforts here, here, and here), I wanted to pay tribute to what I used to call “god’s pantry”: her seemingly infinite supply of ingredients … Continue reading

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A Better (Batter?) Mousetrap

The recent death of volume-challenged huckster Billy Mays has directed attention to the show Pitchmen, which follows the TV gadget process from home invention to in-your-face late-night advertisement. The inventors really believe in their creations. They have to, since they’ve … Continue reading

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I Interviewed Fergus Henderson

Yes, I interviewed Fergus Henderson, the genius chef of St. John Restaurant, where I recently ate the best meal ever. Well, not in person. And I didn’t actually conduct the interview. Ryan Adams, who is documenting his effort to cook … Continue reading

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Four Magic Words

Tasty salted pig parts. To paraphrase Bob Dylan, there’s no part of that phrase I don’t like. Boccalone is a salumeria in San Francisco, but they also have an online store. Add this to my list of reasons for a … Continue reading

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Market trends

Still overloaded on vegetables from last week’s market trip, I pared down the purchases today. Boston lettuce, red chard, garlic scapes (the curly things), country sourdough loaf, asparagus, first cherries of the season, heirloom cherry tomatoes (tomatoes will be a … Continue reading

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Tortilla EspaƱola with Chorizo and Scallions

In the summer months I try to cook some meals that incorporate more vegetables and less meat, preferably meals made with the local market produce. I had eggs from a nearby farm, chorizo from a newly-opened Portuguese market, and a … Continue reading

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David and the Chocolate Factory

I didn’t include one of the vendors in my original post about the Union Square Farmer’s Market because I don’t consider them a seasonal addition, but rather a permanent fixture in our neighborhood. I’m talking about Taza Chocolate. I first … Continue reading

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Market Report

Another morning spent at the farmer’s market. I’m already back in the habit of pacing myself: not buying something merely because it looks good, but only if I’ll cook it within the week. Sugar snap peas, fresh cut flowers for … Continue reading

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