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How to grow and propagate basil

Speedy had the entire garden pruned and cleaned. Most of the ornamental plants have been uprooted and discarded. A nightmare, perhaps, for those whose appreciation for plants … [Read more...]

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Italian-style vegetable stew

Vegetables, pesto and tomato sauce. What can be simpler? But a vegetable stew, when properly cooked, is anything but simple. With just the right amount of aromatics, and slow … [Read more...]

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Basil, garlic and pepper rice

Sam's dinner last night. Vegetarian. The crisp brown things on top of the rice? That's vegetarian "beef" made from soya. The salad is just a combination of romaine lettuce, … [Read more...]

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Thai chicken curry

Chicken curry is a dish that I grew up with. But the chicken curry of my childhood was just a coconut milk based stew made yellow with curry powder. Homey and really … [Read more...]

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Grilled cheese sandwiches

I caught a bug. First, an annoying ache just below the back of my neck that spread to the shoulders. Then, a persistent stomach ache. Then, fever. Yep, some kind of flu. But, … [Read more...]

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Tapa fried rice

When tapa (marinated paper-thin beef slices) is served with fried rice and egg, it is called tapsilog -- a contraction for tapa, sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg). But you … [Read more...]

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How to make basil chiffonade

Chiffonade refers to finely sliced leaf vegetables, often herbs, used as a garnish for soup or salad. According to Wikipedia, "chiffon" is French for "rag" referring to the … [Read more...]

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Spicy fish and potato pancake

The idea was inspired by the Swiss (or is it German?) rösti, a potato pancake that was originally peasant fare but is now served in restaurants all over the world. The … [Read more...]