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Red Pepper Chili Oil

Chili oil is one of those ingredients that turns good dishes into great ones.  From the fiery, mouth-numbing Mala sauce used in Szechuan cooking and spicy hot pots, to the rich soy sauce mix of many Jiaozi dumpling dips, chili oil adds a big bark to any good, delicious bite. Unfortunately, it’s also one of [...]

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Links I Like: Dry-Fried Szechuan Chicken, and Szechuan Eggplant

At one of my recent jobs as a software engineer, here in tech-heavy suburban Boston, I had a few coworkers – let’s call them Fans of the Spicy (FOTS).  One of these jovial nutters had a half-dozen small bottles of hot sauce on his desk, which he’d bring to lunch every day, to jazz up [...]

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Links I Like: A Pair of Ceviches

Ceviches are a fun, light option for serving fresh fish, which (probably) originated in Peru.  You can think of it as a salsa of sorts – acidic juice, small chunks or strips of fish or shellfish, plus herbs and/or spices and some vegetables. The Spanish influence is clear, though many ceviches also include South American [...]

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Chinese Five-Spice Smashed Potatoes

It’s always fun to take a recipe and put a couple twists on it. Here, we’ll combine a wonderful roasted smashed potato recipe with some Asian flavors and a brief marinade, to give a crispy-on-the-outside dish with a sweet, smooth center, topping it all off with some candied bacon! Many restaurants serve “smashed” potatoes – [...]

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