Category Archives: Recipes

Recipe: Broccoli Slaw with Red Onion and Cranberries

It’s pretty hardcore to bring a sweet slaw with onions to a neighborhood potluck, but this one works beautifully. (And it’s great with ham which is why I’m publishing the recipe this week.) When the perpetrator would not identify him/herself … Continue reading

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Recipe: Poor Man’s Bloody Mary Mix

Here’s a way to dress up boring tomato juice with ingredients you’re likely to have around the kitchen. The flavor profile is similar to seafood cocktail sauce. If you come into money, first thing to add is some vodka or … Continue reading

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Recipe: Tomato Aspic

You can’t get past the first serving station at the Highland Park Cafeteria without encountering an array of tempting aspics. Tomato is one of my favorites. This prep is sure to warm the heart of anyone with roots in the … Continue reading

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Recipe: Mock Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)

Real green papaya can be hard to come by, hence the workarounds. The flavor base of this is very strong and good so experiment until you get a vegetable combination you like. Serves 4-6. Ingredients: 4 c cabbage (½ head), … Continue reading

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Recipe: Mari’s Little Lamburger

Adapted from the somewhat mysterious Conspirator’s Cookbook, this provides a very juicy patty you can enjoy on a bun or on its own. Serves 4. Ingredients: 1 lb ground lamb* ¼ c chopped parsley (or chopped mint, or a combination) … Continue reading

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Recipe: Salvadorean-style Curtido

This is the slaw that’s served on the side with pupusas (Salvadorean-style stuffed tortillas). It’s a bit intense to eat on its own, but that intensity makes it ideal for any recipe where you want to add the crunch of … Continue reading

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Recipe: Scrapple Croutons

These morsels marry the crunch of a crouton with the porky unctuousness of bacon—what’s not to like? Scrapple is very delicate until it reaches its final cooked state, however, so follow the instructions carefully. ½ pound of scrapple will produce … Continue reading

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Recipe: Kale Caesar Salad with Creamy Dressing

Here’s a creamy Caesar dressing without eggs or mayo that can sit on the picnic table without turning into a petri dish. Toss with some sturdy kale for a salad that’s actually better if you prep it an hour or … Continue reading

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Recipe: The Colonel’s Three-Bean Salad

I miss the bean salad they used to serve at KFC. Luckily, this recipe is a dead ringer. Makes enough for a tailgate party, about 16 servings. Ingredients: 15.5-oz can kidney beans 15.5-oz can green beans (cross cut not french … Continue reading

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Recipe: Vietnamese Pickled Daikon (Do Chua)

This is the crunchy condiment found in bahn mi. It’s supposed to be an equal amount of carrots and radish, but carrots are hard to shred so I use just enough for color. Can also be eaten as a slaw. … Continue reading

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