Tagged: ‘sesame seeds’

Chinese Chicken Salad

There might be a riot if there was not a Chinese chicken salad in the Weeknight Cooking book; it is that popular a salad. Chicken salads on the whole are immensely popular, but this dish tops them all since it combines sweet, crunchy, spicy, cold, and sour all in one.

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David SooHoo’s Bread Machine Bao

Bao buns, encasing a filling of char siu pork, are a popular dim sum item in Cantonese restaurants. Old-timers usually steam them until fluffy white. Immigrant chefs who came to America discovered that when baked, the buns turned golden and pleased the locals. What they got was sort of an Asian hamburger.

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Microwave Cooking: Olive Oil Granola with Golden Raisins

Granola certainly has become one of the most touted of healthy breakfast cereals and what we are experiencing now commercially has grown straight out of its roots in the hippie whole grain oat-nut-and-seed kitchen of the 1960s. The name granola is a take on granula, a toasted wheat cereal touted by whole grain movement of Sylvester Graham in the 1900s. Since it is tremendously versatile, it takes to all sorts of additions and variations on the basic recipe.

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The Microwave: Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip

I have been served any number of eggplant dips, the most famous being Baba Ghanoush. Eggplant is in the same family as the potato and tomato, and is native to India, where it is prepared in numerous ways. The microwave does a remarkable job of cooking the whole eggplant and the interior flesh, which retains its lovely spring green color, is ready to mash with other ingredients.

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Bread Machine: The Best Hamburger Sandwich Buns and Hot Dog Long Rolls

The easiest way to eat either a barbecued beef sandwich, pulled pork, a burger, sloppy joes, sliders, hot dog with sauerkraut, even a little bahn mi or a Beer Soaked Brat is on a soft bun. Homemade buns are exceptionally delicious and really elevate your humble cooking to a real taste treat.

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The Culinary Traveler: Moroccan Bread with Sesame and Aniseed and Morrocan Mint Tea

There are an entire world of rustic ethnic breads that are easily reproduced in your modern home kitchen. These are breads that were once only available regionally, tasted by the adventurous traveler. But no more. The invisible family boundries are down and the light is rushing in. What is old is now new. What was hidden by geography and religion, is now open to interpretation. Bakers are pushing the envelope. They want to master the techniques.

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The Baker: Russian Challah (Jewish Egg Bread)

This is my friend Ilana Sharum’s grandmother’s recipe from Russia, which she had transcribed over the phone to me from her recipe written in cursive Hebrew. It is one of my most treasured recipes and I make it for just about every special occasion. There is a saying that when you make this traditional bread (every Friday), you are creating an atmosphere, not just food.

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Ma Petite Chou: Kimchi

Sauerkraut and its relative kimchi have become popular again with the back-to-the-kitchen movement of fermented homemade foods that are so healthy. Kimchi is a Korean dish of marinated vegetables, most commonly thought of as a pickle condiment, but it is far more versatile a food.

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