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November 17, 2012 12:44 AM
What it is: Strega is a magical Italian liqueur made from spells and spun gold. OK, it’s actually a blend of 70 herbs and spices that...
September 21, 2012 10:51 PM
What it is: Also commonly known as Japanese pumpkin, kabocha squash average about 2–3 pounds in weight. Kabocha have an edible, dark green...
July 18, 2012 11:11 PM
What they are: Padrón peppers are small, green peppers with a sweet, mild flavor. Occasionally, the odd rogue pepper can grow particularly...
May 23, 2012 1:04 AM
What it is: Uni, or sea urchin, is a small creature with a spiny shell. It is the orange roe within the urchin that is edible and...
April 5, 2012 10:57 PM
What it is: Known to the Chinese as “hua jiao,” this numbing yet addictive spice zings taste buds with its slightly lemony flavor in many...
January 13, 2012 11:45 PM
What it is: Fenugreek is a plant widely cultivated in Asia (predominantly in India) and Europe. Both its leaves and seeds are used in...
December 16, 2011 9:29 PM
Lamb Chops with Fenugreek Cream Curry This recipe is a lighter version of Vij’s incredibly decadent lamb “popsicles” dish. For the lamb: 1/...
November 18, 2011 10:44 PM
What it is: Duck lard is simply the fat rendered from ducks. This rich fat is pale golden when warm or hot, and solidifies to a snowy white...
September 16, 2011 3:59 PM
What they are: The earliest recipe for marrons glacés, or candied and glazed chestnuts, originates from 16th-century France, and gained in...
July 13, 2011 5:27 PM
Braised goat Lorna Yee spices up summer tacos with roasted corn salsa and tender, flavorful goat meat. WHAT IT IS: Goat meat is a lean red...
April 28, 2011 11:20 PM
What are they: Fiddlehead ferns are an early spring-summer vegetable with a flavor reminiscent of asparagus. These green, coiled delicacies...
March 11, 2011 11:36 PM
>>Get Lorna's Crispy Sweetbreads with Tarragon and Lemon recipe What it is: There is no pretty way of saying this: Sweetbreads are...
Prickly pear cactus
January 13, 2011 5:25 PM
What it is: Prickly pear cactus pads, also known as nopales (singular: nopal), are commonly consumed as a vegetable in Mexico and Central...
February 2, 2010 12:33 AM
What it is: Blood sausage, popular in many European countries, is made by cooking pork or beef blood with fillers (often meat, suet or...
February 2, 2009 12:33 AM
What it is: White truffle honey is a mild-tasting honey infused with white truffle (also known as Tuber magnatum). White truffles hail from...