Cooking with Sea Vegetables

 

Offering a hint of their briny habitat without tasting distinctly fishy, sea vegetables (aka seaweed) infuse dishes with deep, savory flavor. Some of the most commonly consumed varieties include nori (the seaweed used to make sushi), wakame or alaria (the soft, shredded greens often found in miso soup), or black, crunchy hijiki, which adds texture to seaweed salads and stir-fries. Sea vegetables are most commonly sold in dried form, but they’re very easy to work with. Simply soak in water until soft, then chop and add to your dish. Some seaweeds, like nori, which is used to make sushi, and dulse, are usually eaten dried.

 

Though they're a longtime staple of many Asian cuisines, seaweeds can also enhance foods from other parts of the world: try cooking dried beans with alaria, or sprinkle dulse flakes over puff pastry, as Dorie Greenspan does in the French-inspired pinwheel recipe listed below.

 

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Recipe Roundup: March 7, 2013

blood oranges

 

What are your weekend cooking plans? Here are the recipes we're eyeing to cure a case of the winter-that-just-won't-quit blues.

 

Blood Orange Margaritas [Smitten Kitchen]

This brilliantly hued, sweet-tart cocktail is an enticing alternative to hiding under the covers until spring.

 

Bulgur Maple Porridge [NYT]

There's only so much oatmeal a person can eat. A warm, nutty porridge of lightly sweetened bulgur topped with nuts and dried fruit is a welcome substitute.

 

Irish Lamb Stew [Simply Recipes]

For a slightly simpler preparation and meltingly tender results, ask your butcher to de-bone a leg of lamb and chop it into... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: October 9, 2012

 

The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! Here’s what we’ve been eyeing this week.

 

Cherry Tomatoes, Greyling Gin, and Sea Salt Bar Snack [The Kitchn]

This barely counts as a recipe: simply buy a bottle of handmade gin, dip the last of the season's cherry tomatoes in it, and roll the tomatoes in salt. But sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones.

 

Swordfish with Sweet and Hot Peppers [NYT]

Melissa Clark tames the heat of fresh chili peppers with a sauté of... Read more >

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A Simple Korean Supper

Korean-Style Clams
 

Korean food has been a player on the national food scene ever since David Chang started serving kimchi rice cakes to hungry hordes at Momofuku Ssäm Bar, but with today's New York Times review of upscale Korean restaurant Jungsik, it has officially arrived. Mark the occasion with this meal, which comes together relatively quickly with a little bit of planning. Pair it with a bottle of good Korean beer and serve fresh fruit for dessert. Korean-Style Clams Chef Joe Isidori usually serves this

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Recipe Roundup: December 2, 2011

collard greens

The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! Green Grits [SE] In this recipe from Andrew Carmellini’s cookbook, American Flavor, a Southern classic gets spicy in the company of cilantro, chilies, and onions. Lamingtons [David Lebovitz] After a recent trip to Australia, David Lebovitz offers a recipe for Lamingtons,

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Recipe Roundup: November 18, 2011

mashed potaties

The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! My All-Pie Thanksgiving Fantasy [SE] Turkey pie with a layer of cranberries. Sausage stuffing pie. Green bean casserole pie. This is Thanksgiving dinner like you've never seen it before. Warm Romanesco and Radicchio Salad with Caramelized Shallot Vinaigrette [SF Gate] A gorgeous Thanksgiving side or just your new favorite

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