Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

A quick Asian-style sauté of black radishes with red bell pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, mirin rice wine and sesame oil — this recipe would work well with other types of radishes too. ~~~ I was never a big radish fan. Even though we always have radishes in our nightly salad, if Jim didn’t …

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In my continuing quest to use up all the zucchini that comes my way, here’s a recipe I first made during last year’s zucchini season: zucchini scallion pancakes with a spicy and sweet soy dipping sauce. Like zucchini tots, these pancakes are a great way to disguise zucchini. I served them alongside hoisin chicken with …

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This Asian-style quick braise with peppers, onions, ginger, garlic and more is an excellent recipe for ribbonfish and any other fish or chicken too. ~~~ My oh my, what big teeth you have. That frightening head belongs to the ribbonfish we ate last night. Here it is on ice. Ribbonfish (aka cutlassfish) is popular in …

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Hoisin pork with Napa cabbage is a quick, weeknight favorite of ours. It’s a great recipe for chicken too! ~~~ Fine Cooking has always been a reliable source of good recipes. I used to get the magazine but, as a tactic to tame my outlandish food magazine library, I stopped subscribing. Plus, online, I can get …

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All you need are supermarket ingredients for eggplant and pork with black bean sauce, a sort of cousin to Chinese mapo eggplant. ~~~ I almost didn’t make this dish from the Closet Cooking blog because I didn’t have all the ingredients, specifically fermented black beans, chili bean paste, fermented bean paste and Szechuan peppercorns. I could …

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