Falafel-style crisp lentils and broccoli fingers

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Had they been made with chickpeas or fava beans, or both, and had they been shaped into balls, they'd be called falafel. But I used lentils, Sam didn't want balls, and asked that I shape the mixture into finger-sized mini-logs instead.They're … »

Baked apple turon (spring rolls)

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I've been seeing a lot of baked turon on the web lately. It's obviously an attempt to create a low fat version of a traditionally deep-fried favorite. What's really curious is how turon is referred to as lumpia. It isn't, exactly. Turon is fried … »

Apple fritters

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My first encounter with "apple fritters" was with Country Style Donuts where the fritters are made with donut dough with bits of apples, fried and rolled in sugar. I loved those apple fritters. I still do. Country Style outlets have become fewer but … »

Cheese-stuffed meatballs

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Meatballs may sound boring and common but if soft warm cheese oozes out when you bite into one, I doubt very much if the meatball will qualify as boring or common. And if the meatballs are made with a good mix of herbs and spices, the better they … »

Cheese and spinach soufflé

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I don’t know why but, for many people I know, dishes with unpronounceable French and Italian names conjure images of sophistication and awesome sexiness. Like zabaione or soufflé. For some reason, the more tongue-twisting the name of the dish … »

Skewered ox / beef tripe a la tempura

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I'd call it a satay because the tripe strips were skewered. But the tripe was fried, not grilled, so the dish cannot really qualify as a satay. The tripe strips were also dipped in batter before frying and that makes the dish very similar to tempura. … »

Curried chicken lollipops

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It’s chicken curry, no doubt but not in the form of a stew. The chicken lollipops were marinated in curry sauce then deep fried. Of course, you can bake, broil or grill them too but that’s really secondary. It’s really the curry … »

Bruschetta with spinach, tomato and cheese

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If you're wondering what the difference is between bruschetta and crostini, it has more to do with the preparation than with the size and thinness of the bread. Both bruschetta and crostini are Italian terms for toast bread. Generally, crostini are … »

Spicy honey-mustard chicken lollipops

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One of the world’s favorite finger foods, chicken lollipops can be prepared in so many ways. They can be fried, grilled or baked. The marinade can be anything from kid-friendly Southern-style buttermilk-based mixes to the more exotic blend of … »