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The Simplicity of Homemade Ramen

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We may be hitting the last few weeks of ramen season — a steaming bowl will be much less appealing once the weather warms up — so get your ramen fix now.  (That goes for pho and Chinese hot pot, too.) Inspired by my recent […]

A Surprisingly Great Dinner From a Tube of Polenta

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Have you seen these polenta tubes in the supermarket?  They’re everywhere, and I always scratch my head as to what exactly you’re supposed to do with them. I’ve made polenta before and the steps never involved forming it into the shape of a sausage. But […]

A Leftover Ham Bone Makes Amazing Soup

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I’ve decided the best part of Thanksgiving leftovers isn’t the turkey, it’s the ham bone (assuming you have a ham). My cousin Vivian sent me home from Thanksgiving a few weeks ago with a hefty, meaty bone. I don’t often go out and buy a […]

Learning How to Make Bread

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Anyone who saw me on the Woodley Park-bound Circulator bus last Saturday saw a guy holding a death grip on a plastic bag filled with bread. I was guarding that steaming bag like it was a small child. After spending almost six hours at CulinAerie’s […]

First Time Making Pipa Tofu

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Pipa tofu is a dish rarely found on a typical Chinese restaurant menu. I know this because if it were on the menu, I’d order it all the time. Mashed soft tofu — often mixed with ground shrimp or pork — formed into an oval […]