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Linguine with anchovies and caramelized lemons

My friend Joel and I occasionally swap food tips and items in our must-make list. We go over everything food in the New York Times but for different reasons. He grew up in Ozamis nurtured by the bounty of the sea and now lives part time in New York. I do it out of nostalgia … [Read more...]

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Lemon Day

One afternoon in Boracay, one of those times when the wind was blowing and I just knew that a downpour would follow, while the rest of the group was frolicking in the sea, I was having one of those what-have-we-done-with-our-lives talks with a friend. I was telling her that … [Read more...]

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Baked herbed 2-citrus chicken

Father's Day in our house just means Speedy is exempt from chores. On Mother's Day, I am exempt from chores. At least, it was like that for many years but not since we've been without live-in househelp. These days, no one gets exempt from chores.This year, however, it … [Read more...]

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Lemon chiffon cake with lemon glaze

The aroma is in the cake; the tang is in the glaze. Why? Because the lemon zest went into the cake while the lemon juice went into the glaze. If you have't discovered it yet, lemon zest is highly aromatic but without any substantial tang. It is the juice that is really … [Read more...]

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South Asian Lemon Rice

It's isn't yellow because of the lemon fruit although this rice dish has both lemon juice and lemon zest. It derives its color from the turmeric added to it. But the flavors are definitely not limited to the turmeric and the lemon. There are many versions and variations of … [Read more...]

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Lemon chicken with walnuts

This dish was inspired by a recipe called tangerine beef which I found in one of my cookbooks. I don't have access to fresh tangerines but I like the idea of adding nuts to deep fried meat coated in a sweet sticky glaze. I substituted lemon for the tangerine and chicken for … [Read more...]

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Lemon and poppy seed cookies

When we go to Dome Cafe, I look forward to enjoying those small round almond cookies that come with every cup of coffee. And although I love almonds, it would be nice to have something different sometimes. Maybe something citrusy. Or something with discernible chunks of … [Read more...]

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Lemon squares

This is an updated version of a recipe originally published in May 23, 2005.This pastry comes by many names. Cut them into bars and they're known as lemon bars. Bake in a tart pan and it's a lemon tart. Bake in a pie pan and it's known as a lemon meringue pie. I've always … [Read more...]

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Green tea and herb infusion

There are a lot of beliefs associated with a hot drink first thing in the morning. Some say it warms up the body and conditions it for physical activity. Others say a hot drink prevents the formation of unwanted acids. I don't know how much of it is superstition and how much … [Read more...]