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Ma Pa Tofu that’s Better than Take-Out

I am obsessed with Sichuanese food, which is very unfortunate because my city is a Chinese restaurant wasteland. Fortunately, I live near a branch of the Asian grocery chain, H-Mart, which sells most, if not all, of the ingredients you … Continue reading

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Birthday Cheese Pie

Because I love to cook, I try to spend at least part of my birthday baking my favorite birthday desert. Which is fortunate because my favorite desert is not a cake or any other type of easily-purchased pastry. In fact, I’ve … Continue reading

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NYC Halal Cart Chicken, Rat Turds Optional

I made this dish because I miss my hometown. But my nostalgia is purely olfactory. When I was a child, my father instilled in me a lifelong distrust of outdoor dining. He warned us that Mr. Softee  ice cream was … Continue reading

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Slime-free Okra with Summer Vegetables

Sometimes simpler is better. At least that’s what I kept telling myself as I was preparing this dish, which is officially called “Kentucky-style okra, corn and tomato stew.” It’s from a Cook’s Country book called America’s Best Lost Recipes which, … Continue reading

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Summer Salad of Vietnamese Noodles and Fresh Herbs

In the past three weeks, the temperature in Denver has hovered near 100 almost every day and I’ve made this salad four times. There’s something about the cool noodles and fresh herbs that makes me crave this dish every time … Continue reading

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Quinoa Salad

To quote my steak-obsessed dog, the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us. Namely, barbecuing season. Fortunately, Denver Post food columnist and local chef John Broening recently published his favorite recipes and one of them is a barbecue-worthy … Continue reading

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Baked Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese

Just in time for the Superbowl, here’s a chicken wing recipe that I have been making forever, which, given how recently I started cooking, means I’ve been making it since 2010. That’s when Food & Wine buried what-in my opinion-should … Continue reading

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