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Chef Phillip’s Chocolate Pecan Pie

From the story A Vegan Holiday Feast, Illustration by Julia Cost

Yield: 1 9-inch pie

Crust
11⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1⁄3 cup coconut oil, solid, cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons tahini
¼ cup cold water

Filling
21⁄3 cups raw pecans (some whole and some in pieces)
1¾ cups maple syrup
¾ cup raw cashews
½ cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Salt
½ cup cornstarch
1 cup chocolate chips

For the crust: Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in the coconut oil with a pastry blender or two knives until it looks like little beads.

Combine tahini and water in a separate bowl, and gently mix into the flour mixture. Gather dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.

For the filling: Preheat oven to 325°. Spread pecans on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes, taking care not to let them burn. Set aside to cool. Leave oven on.

Place maple syrup in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.

Purée cashews with ½ cup water, vanilla, and a dash of salt in a high-speed blender until very smooth. Blend in the hot maple syrup and cornstarch.

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Distiller Farid’s Polka Dot Citrus Cocktail

From the story A Vegan Holiday Feast Illustration by Julia Cost

Serves 1

2 ounces Botanica Spiritvs Gin (or gin of choice)
1 blood orange
1 Meyer lemon (Farid says, “Try bergamot orange instead for a killer fragrant cocktail.”)
3 ounces Q Tonic (Use this for a vegan drink, since it’s sweetened with agave nectar. Otherwise, use your favorite tonic.)
1 sprig rosemary (pick a fresh, young sprig)

Slice the blood orange in half. Thinly slice one half for garnish, then squeeze the other half to produce about 1 ounce juice. Do the same thing with the lemon to produce garnish and about ¼ ounce of juice.

Line the sides of a collins glass with the orange and lemon slices to create a polka dot pattern. Then fill the glass with ice, taking care not to disturb the citrus slices. Combine the gin, citrus juice, and tonic in a cocktail shaker and pour into the citrus-lined glass. Dress with a sprig of rosemary.

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Saha’s Wild Mushroom Knaffe

From Saha Come to Berkeley by Sarah Henry, Photo by Kala Minko

Knaffe is one of many names for a type of Middle Eastern shredded phyllo dough, as well as for traditional desserts that feature it. At Saha, chef/owner Mohamed Aboghanem serves a knaffe dessert that is very traditional, but he wanted to create an equally exciting vegan savory option for his menu. He put the pastry over a bottom layer of a Yemeni farina cake called bisbusa (also spelled basbousa). Note: The frozen pastry can be purchased at most Greek or Middle Eastern stores, and if you can’t find it, try asking for “kataifi.” 

Serves 4

Chermoula Marinade 
(for use in the Knaffe Sauce)
½ bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
1½ teaspoons paprika
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
1½ teaspoons turmeric
1½ teaspoons caraway seeds
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper

Blend all ingredients in a food 
processor until smooth.

Knaffe Sauce
2 tablespoons chermoula marinade
2 tablespoons tomato sauce or diced fresh tomatoes
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup coconut milk

Mix ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn heat down to a simmer and reduce for 3 minutes.… Read More

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Spicy Coconut Hot Chocolate

from 12 Simple Pepper and Chile Ideas by Helen Krayenhoff

Combine 1 can coconut milk and 1 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and whisk in 1 to 1 ½ ounces of an 80% chocolate bar until dissolved. Add 1 teaspoon ground guajillo chile and whisk until completely combined. Sweeten to taste with maple syrup, and add a pinch of cayenne if you want more heat.

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Roasted Watermelon Radishes

From What’s in Season by Barbara Kobsar  Illustration by Caroline H. Gould

 

Serves 4

1 pound watermelon radishes, trim off top and root
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon minced thyme, rosemary, or basil (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°. Cut prepared radishes into ½-inch wedges. Mix radishes with olive oil in a 2-quart baking dish and dot with butter. Roast, stirring occasionally, until fork tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and herbs to serve.

Veteran journalist Barbara Kobsar has authored two cookbooks focusing on traditional home-cooked meals using local produce. You’ll find her each week at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market selling her Cottage Kitchen jams and jellies made from farmers’ market produce.

Berkeley-based illustrator and musician Caroline H. Gould is a transplant from Brooklyn, New York. She is especially fond of illustrating desserts. carolinehgould.com

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Lorraine Battle’s Apple Cake

From They Always Wore Aprons.  Story and photos By Helen Krayenhoff

 

This “cake” is a pure celebration of the apple. Use different varieties—some sweet, some tart.
12–17 apples 
Zest of 1 orange, finely grated
1 tablespoon organic sugar
2 5-inch ramekins, lightly buttered

Preheat oven to 300°.

Peel and core apples and slice very thinly by hand, on a mandolin, or in the food processor (use 3mm disk).
Finely grate the zest of one orange and mix zest with sugar.

Build the cakes in the ramekins by carefully piling the slices in differing directions to make as solid a structure as possible. Every third or fourth layer sprinkle a pinch of the orange sugar mixture. When you reach the top, tie a collar of parchment paper around the dish and secure with cotton string. Collar should reach 3-4 inches above the top of the ramekin. Continue building up the apples until you have reached the top of the collar.

Cut a small circle of parchment paper to fit on top of the apples and weigh down apples with a smaller ramekin or another kind of flat-bottomed ovenproof dish that fits inside the paper ring. Place ramekins in a baking dish to catch overflow liquid and place in oven.… Read More

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Chef Tu David Phu’s Lemongrass Beef

From Flavors of Home by Alix Wall


“I always get a lot of questions on how to use lemongrass. The most common remark is, ‘I never seem to extract the lemongrass flavor.’ My answer is that you have to use a lot of lemongrass, and that you will either have to bruise the stalk or chop it very finely. 

“People also ask, ‘Which fish sauce do I use? How do I apply it?’ I prefer Three Crab brand fish sauce for adding to sauces that won’t be cooked, since the brand seems to lose its salty flavor with long cooking. Squid brand fish sauce is saltier and is great for marinades.” —Chef Tu David Phu

1 stalk lemongrass
3 tablespoons Squid brand fish sauce 
1 tablespoon organic sugar
5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1 pound filet mignon, tri-tip, or skirt steak

Prepare lemongrass by cutting away the bottom half inch of the stalk. (This part is very woody and should be saved for broths or soups.) Cut the stalks into ½-inch segments and chop finely in a food processor. Add garlic cloves, fish sauce, and sugar. Blend to a fine paste, about 1 minute. Place beef into a zip-top bag with the marinade, making sure to coat all of the beef.… Read More

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Cambodian-Style Chicken Salad

Nite Yun’s Nyam Sach Moan

From Noodle Soup Epiphanies
by Sarah Henry, photography by Robin Jolin


(Cambodian-style chicken salad)
This Khmer dish is served at festive occasions, such as weddings, New Year’s parties, and other celebrations. The fish sauce gives it a distinctly Cambodian flavor. Yun gives it a Northern California twist by including seasonal greens and other vegetables beyond the common cabbage.
Serves 4–6

1 chicken breast
2 cups chicken stock
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4–5 sprigs thyme

For sweet fish sauce dressing:
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

For salad:
½ head cabbage, shredded
2 handfuls of loose organic greens (mizuna or arugula)
2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 bunch mint, leaves only
1 bunch Thai basil, leaves only
1 Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
1 bird’s eye chili, chopped
2 tablespoons crushed roasted peanuts

To poach the chicken breast, place stock, garlic, and thyme into a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, add chicken, return to boil, and then reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through. Turn off heat and leave chicken in liquid for 5 minutes. Remove meat from liquid and allow to cool on a plate.… Read More

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Asian-Inspired Celery Salad

 

Recipe provided by StopFoodWaste.org from Food Storage Tips

 

Serves 4

For the dressing: In a small bowl, combine
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1¼ teaspoons grated ginger
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons fish sauce (or ½ teaspoon salt).

Whisk together.

For the salad:
Cut 5 celery stalks across the ribs into ¼-inch slices.
Julienne 3 carrots.
Mince 1 green jalapeño (or more to taste).

Place vegetables in a serving bowl and toss with the dressing.
Garnish with ½ cup chopped, roasted peanuts and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro.

Serve.

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Lo Coco’s Linguine Tutto Mare

From Growing Up with Giovanni LoCoco
by Mary Tillson and Cheryl Angelina Koehler

Photo courtesy of Lo Coco

Suzanne Lo Coco says her father was as proprietary about his fish broth recipe as he was about the one for the family pizza dough, and she risks causing him to turn over in his grave if she reveals anything more than that he made the broth using a whole rock cod. Regardless of whether you make your own or buy a good prepared stock from your local fishmonger, be sure to simmer it with some saffron threads.

Serves 6

1½ pounds Manila clams, rinsed well
1 pound black mussels, rinsed well
12 extra-large jumbo scallops (or 2–3 per person), sliced ¼-inch thick
12 prawns (or 2–3 per person), peeled and deveined
1 cup fish broth (homemade or purchased) with 1 teaspoon saffron threads added
1 head garlic, peeled
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup chopped Italian parsley (set aside 2 tablespoons for assembly)
¾ cup dry white wine (avoid chardonnay)
1½–2 whole lemons
½ cup water, or more as needed
½ cup crushed San Marzano or other pear-shaped tomatoes
3–4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sweet basil
1 pound linguine (At Lo Coco’s, we prefer the Italian De Cecco brand)
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash chili flakes (optional)

This recipe requires about 45–60 minutes of cooking time, provided you have accomplished all the prep tasks such as cleaning the seafood.… Read More

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