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Meatless Meals: Strawberries and Balsamic

This is a surprisingly controversial dessert. I was skeptical myself, even though I saw it discussed favorably several times on the cooking shows that are my guilty pleasure. Ingredients Strawberries Sugar Balsamic vinegar Coarsely ground black pepper Preparation Wash, hull and half the strawberries as usual.  Add the sugar (about...

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RIP Dave Brubeck

I doubt that anyone who reads Telling Knots needs an introduction to the Dave Brubeck Quartet (but if you do, start here). “Take Five” from their 1959 album Time Out was the first jazz piece that I remember listening to and enjoying. I must have been in the first grade...

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Meatless Meals: Mujaddara

Mujaddara, a dish of rice, lentils and carmelized onions, is popular throughout the Middle East. This is my version, cobbled together over years of eating mujaddara prepared by Palestinians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Syrians, Egyptians and Israelis. My seasoning is probably idiosyncratic and not representative of any national cuisine by this point....

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