Don’t throw away those Shiitake Stems

Most recipes call for removal of the stems from shiitakes because of their tough and chewy texture, but save the stems to make a mushroom broth. Continue reading Don’t throw away those Shiitake Stems

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Pairing Food with Sicilian Orange Wine

The nutty nose, apricot preserves with orange citrus and a salty finish paired well with the sweet, smokey carrots and lemony walnut gremolata. Continue reading Pairing Food with Sicilian Orange Wine

Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon Verbena

I began seeing fresh lemon verbena at the Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market several weeks ago. This powerfully fragrant herb accents some of my favorite hand soaps, I thought at the market, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with the herb in the kitchen. Intimidated, I put off experimentation until my friend David Siefker offered me some of this pungent herb from his … Continue reading Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon Verbena