This is the peanut sauce I make when I have decided to do it properly. I LOVE peanut sauce so I often make a cheaty version with just peanut butter, sriracha and a little brown sugar and soy sauce. It does the trick for my mid-afternoon or late-night hanger needs. But this is the proper version and the addition of the garlic, shallot and fresh chiles really does make it that much better and really only adds 10 minutes of cooking and clean up so not a bad trade. This is beautiful as a dip, but I love it on noodles, especially cold Asian Noodles with cucumber or as a glaze for chicken or beef and vegetables in a stir fry. Make it and you’ll use it, guaranteed.
Sometimes I really crave complex baking projects. I love dreaming up a new combination of flavors or textures and spending tons of time researching. I often don’t share the results of these little journeys because they are too complicated and specific to my weird taste to bother you guys with. But sometimes I end up with something worth sharing and that’s even more exciting. This chocolate coconut swirl pie is just that. If you make this beauty you’ll definitely want to display it with pride, it’s quite a looker.
This recipe is from From Scratch.
My first book! From Scratch is a vegetarian cookbook intended for people just becoming comfortable in their
own kitchens. Just like with Good and Cheap, the
PDF is free.
Print copies are a pricier than you might expect because this book is printed on demand (1 copy at a time).
January makes me want to eat soup. Actually even more than eating soup it makes me want to make soup. This curried sweet potato soup is from my first cookbook, From Scratch. It’s super hearty and satisfying, and the thick texture makes it feel like it’s really sticking to your ribs! But since January is, for so many, a time to focus on eating more vegetables and generally taking care of our health, this soup also fits the health bill. It’s basically a pot of puréed vegetables, but you will feel a lot more full (and warm!) than if you just drank a bunch of green juice.
Squash is almost the perfect vegetable for soup: it’s flavorful and has a divinely smooth texture when cooked and puréed. Serve this lightly curried squash soup to people who think they don’t like squash or curry, and you’ll change some minds. You can substitute any winter squash for the butternut; I just like butternut because it’s faster to peel and chop than its many cousins, and often has fewer seeds in the middle so you get more delicious flesh.