Use Your Odds and Ends for Vegetable Curry

Vegetable Curry

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Every now and then I force myself to explore to the bottom of my vegetable drawer to unearth ancient produce and recover the dregs from past trips to the farmers market. While some people may dread looking into the dark reaches of their fridge, I actually enjoy the challenge of coming up with delicious ways to use up every last veggie.

If you cook with recipes, I can understand your reticence to delve into the far reaches of your fridge. Aside from the occasional bag of unidentifiable mush, chances are, you’re not going to find a recipe that happens to include all the expiring vegetables you have on hand.

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Make Zucchini au Gratin Like Julia Child

Zucchini au Gratin

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I have another Julia Child recipe for you today, as we continue her 100th birthday celebration here on PBS Food (#CookForJulia). And did you know yesterday was National Zucchini Day? Let the celebrating commence!

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Explore Variations on Asparagus Soup for New Flavors

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I often get asked why my website is called No Recipes when in fact there’s nothing but recipes on it. It’s not that I have anything against recipes; it’s just that I don’t think anyone should feel bound by them.

Once you understand the underlying mechanics of why you add particular ingredients and prepare them in a certain manner, recipes become templates that you can customize to suit your tastes rather than a strict set of instructions.

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Honor Julia Child with This Coq Au Vin Recipe

Julia Child's Coq Au Vin recipe

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Julia Child’s 100th birthday is coming up on August 15th and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate and honor such an inspirational woman than cooking a meal that was near and dear to her heart.

Coq au vin.

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Explore the Food of a Matsuri Japanese Festival

Matsuri

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While there are matsuri (festivals) all year long in Japan, summer is when they’re at their peak. Like a local fair, the dates vary from place to place with many festivals celebrated at the city or even neighborhood level.

Bon Odori
Themes range from celebrating the harvest to remembering the dead. Bon Odori is a matsuri that’s typically held during Obon (known as the ghost festival in other parts of Asia) where locals come out dressed in yukata (a light cotton kimono) and dance to the beat of a taiko drum.

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Be Versatile with Homemade Grilled Peach Salsa

Grilled Peach Salsa

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Homemade salsa in summertime is a beautiful thing. It adds the perfect touch to any backyard barbecue and is great to pack up in jars and take on a weekend camping trip (don’t forget the chips!).

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Create Color with Green Beans with Garlic Black Bean Sauce

Green Beans

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Along with orange chicken, green beans with garlic black bean sauce is one of my favorite Chinese American dishes. Next to other battered and fried meat in sticky sweet sauces, there’s something pleasantly refreshing about a savory vegetable dish. Sure, it’s a long way from healthy, but the color and flavor contrast lures me in every time.

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Bake an Old-Fashioned Dried Stone Fruit Pie

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I have a problem.

I love the idea of eating fresh apricots, but not so much the reality. The reality is that they are never as juicy as I make them out to be in my head, and not as sweet either. Now I really love dried apricots, though! I could eat those all day. When I was training to become a yoga instructor earlier this year, I practically lived off dried apricots and almonds for snacks during our long days of training.

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