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Fish and mushrooms risotto

This dish makes use of every bit of one whole fish. The flesh is filleted and grilled; the bones and head are boiled to make the broth for cooking the risotto.What kind of fish is good for this recipe? Any firm, fleshy fish. I used bitilya (seabream) but grouper, snapper … [Read more...]

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Vegetarian burrito with beans and mushrooms

I've always wondered if black-eyed peas were different from black-eyed beans. It appears that they're the same. After that discovery, I chanced upon dried sitaw (yard-long) beans at the grocery and I wondered of sitaw beans which have that distinctive black spot, are the … [Read more...]

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Are mushroom stems edible?

Generally, yes, mushroom stems are edible. Not that I've had the pleasure of trying all edible mushrooms but, among those that I've tried including the ubiquitous button mushrooms (white and brown), oyster mushrooms, bunashimeji, portobello, straw mushrooms, Eryngii, abalone … [Read more...]

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Chicken and black mushrooms braised in soy-ginger sauce

It starts with the marinade -- a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, sugar, rice wine and white pepper. Into the dark sauce the chicken pieces go where they stay for a couple of hours. Then, the chicken pieces are tossed in corn starch and deep fried just until browned. Not cooked … [Read more...]

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Zucchini medallions with mozzarella and chili

Ever since I made the meatballs a la parmigiana, I've been wondering how to transform it into a vegetarian dish. Eggplants would turn too soggy if baked or fried then baked again until the cheese topping melted. Other vegetables that could withstand multiple cooking, like … [Read more...]

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Leeks, pepper, asparagus and mushroom pilaf

At its most basic, pilaf (the spelling varies depending on the region) is rice cooked in seasoned broth. It is found in many cultures including Middle Eastern, South Asian and Caribbean. In English speaking cultures, it is often referred to as "rice pilaf" which is redundant … [Read more...]

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Bibimbap-style rice, vegetables and mushrooms

Bibimbap literally translates to "mixed rice." It is an iconic Korean dish that consists of rice topped with sautéed vegetables and chili paste. If it is served in a hot stone bowl topped with raw egg, then, it is called dolsot bibimbap. To eat bibimbap properly, all the … [Read more...]