My new barbeque toy

Just in time for the Fourth, I got a new toy. It’s a Smokenator, a metal baffle that fits into your Weber kettle grill and turns it into a smoker. The grill works great for steaks, but sometimes I want to make ribs or pulled pork, and that means barbeque smoke.

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Salmon Hot Pot

It’s been cold and rainy and nasty all day, just the weather I’ve been waiting for to make the last on my list of Japanese Hot Pots I wanted to try: Ishikari Nabe, or Salmon Hot Pot. Underneath all that salmon and tofu and mushrooms are cabbage and potatoes cooked in a miso broth. In […]

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Oh, hi, it’s Pie Day

Pie day, and I haven’t actually made a pie since last November, when I decided to revisiting the sweet potato pie of yesteryear with a sweet potato pie with pecan crust. Trouble was, I don’t really like adding sugar to sweet potatoes, so I cut back on the sweetness a hair too much. It wasn’t […]

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Attack of the mushroom hot pot

It’s still cold and I’m sti’ll making hot pots. For this one, I threw it a whole lot of things I like in hot pots. It started with kombu and cabbage. Then I scattered in buttercup squash and carrot and taro root. Finally I piled on the mushrooms: shiitake and oyster mushrooms and enokitake and […]

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Re: Japanese Hot Pots

When I went looking for 660 Curries at the library, I stumbled on Japanese Hot Pots: Comforting One-Pot Meals. It’s a beautiful book with gorgeous photos and clear recipes, that makes you eager to try them. On the book’s website, the authors, Tadashi Ono & Harris Salat, show how quickly it can go. They emphasize […]

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