Make the most of basil, summer’s favorite herb

The garden gods have been good to me so far this summer, even if the weather has been something of a nightmare for those of us without central air. Despite a long string of 90-degree days and not enough rain, my basil is thriving. Thanks to soft and tasty leaves at the ready, pesto is […]

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What’s for dinner: Sichuan eggplant in garlic sauce

Eggplant is often served as a side dish, but it also makes for a great vegetarian entree. It’s especially delicious when smothered in a flavorful sauce, such as this sweet/hot Sichuan-style garlic sauce. Scallion pancakes or take-out spring rolls round out the meal. Sichuan food is meant to be spicy, so for the proper sting, […]

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