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Ichiban Dashi

Dashi, or Japanese stock, is the most essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Rest assured you can buy pre-made dashi – either in liquid or powder form. But, if you learn to make your own, the flavors and richness of your Asian dishes will be deeply enhanced. It only takes three ingredients to make dashi – […]

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Butter

Did you know that pioneers made butter on the march using the motion of the wagons to agitate the cream? The scientific process of creating butter includes agitating whole cream until the fragile membranes that surround milk fat are broken, allowing fat droplets to form and join. More churning hastens the separation of cream into […]

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Recaíto

Rich and flavorful Puerto Rican cuisine has been influenced by an amalgam of cultures and flavors. The Spanish and Africans, as well as native Taino and Arawaks, all had their hands in creating what local people call “Cocina Criolla.” Indigenous ingredients were mixed with foreign spices, old methods mixed with new, to create unique flavor […]

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Breadcrumbs Fines Herbes

A jar of homemade breadcrumbs makes a homey, old-fashioned gift. Put a tag on it, and send it along with a favorite recipe. If you’re lucky, the recipient may invite you to dinner.   Basic Breadcrumbs Ingredients 1 loaf Italian or French bread (day old bread works well)   Preparation Preheat oven to 250°. Slice […]

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