Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Crispy, crunchy, spicy, tangy, salty—these air fryer fried pickles are everything you want in a snack. And the best part is, you don’t have to mess up your kitchen deep … Read more

Caramelized cashews and raisins in a bowl with a silver spoon being lifted

Caramelized Cashews and Raisins

Caramelized cashews and raisins in a bowl with a silver spoon being lifted

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I don’t even know what to call this except de-freaking-licious. I discovered this garnish when I made a recipe for biryani, but I can’t for the life of me find the biryani recipe again! All I remember is that it was garnished with cashews and raisins that had been sautéed in butter until the nuts were toasty brown and the raisins were slightly blackened and tasted like candy. I couldn’t stop eating it by itself. Now I put it on all sorts of Indian dishes, including Mulligatawny Soup.

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Easy Fried Shallots in the Microwave

I got seriously hooked on fried shallots while traveling in Indonesia.

What do you serve fried shallots with?

Everywhere we went in Indonesia, our soups, salads, fish dishes, and sates came with these crispy-crunchy, savory bits on top. They showed up as a garnish on top of a dish of peanut dipping sauce or sprinkled over a simple bowl of rice to add a bit of color, crunch, and flavor.

I like to put fried shallots on top of fried rice or stir fries, or use them as a garnish for soups. They make a nice addition to a green bean salad or casserole in place of fried onions.

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Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Soy Glaze, Garlic & Chiles

Pan-seared Brussels sprouts in a sweet-savory soy glaze are truly one of the best things ever.

“Spiteful little cabbages” is what an old friend of mine used to call Brussels sprouts. The name still cracks me up, even though I find these leafy little bulbs to be more delightful than spiteful.

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garlic noodles with hot sauce burma superstar

Burmese Garlic Noodles—So Easy, So Addictive

Garlic noodles from my favorite Burmese restaurant are among the foods that I crave most. With this quick, easy recipe, you can make them at home any time. And the best part is that they use just a handful of pantry staples.

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overhead shot of 2 halves of pita bread stuffed iwth eggplant, roasted pepper and fresh basil.

Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade pita bread is surprisingly easy to make. It’s a simple yeast dough left to rise briefly. And it bakes up into deliciously puffy pita pockets. They are perfect for … Read more