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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Daily Digest: April 24, 2014

Soba

 

Soba: it's lighter, it's healthier and producing it is a serious art. Here's what you should know about Japan's unsung noodle. [Food Republic

 

Bitters: good for more than just mixed drinks. Here's how you can cook with them. [WP

 

Ikea will soon release "greener" alternatives to their Swedish meatballs. [LAT

 

Thanks to its natural image, butter is making a comeback. [Chicago Tribune

 

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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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