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Old 12-26-2008, 11:03 PM   #11
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used whole tomatillas for the first time in a green chicken chili. yum!

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Old 12-26-2008, 11:11 PM   #12
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Quinoa, which is now a staple!

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Old 12-26-2008, 11:46 PM   #13
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The biggest addition for me is vital wheat gluten. I've made all sorts of mock meats, cutlets, sausages, burgers, etc that vital wheat gluten made possible.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:06 AM   #14
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Johnny Walker Green Label. This has served to make the chef so much easier to live with when the kitchen duties appear to be over whelming.
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:01 AM   #15
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One new vegetable I tried was Elephant apple (Chulta ) . I made chutney of chulta.
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:50 AM   #16
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As a Southerner, I should have been using this ingredient YEARS ago but I finally got around to cooking with kale. I like it and its good for you too.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:48 AM   #17
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I tried lentils for the first time, and I loved them!
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:07 PM   #18
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Paul and I have started making our own Sushi. It's great! We make a mess and it's not as pretty as we can get when we go out but boy does it taste goood! Well worth the effort!

Oh and thanks to you guys at DC
I also cooked OX tails for the first time! YUMMY!
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:08 PM   #19
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GRITS!! hehe
I cheated and bought the instant flavors, but, I like them.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:10 PM   #20
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Bok choy, turnips, escarole, fennel. I am trying to do a different vegetable each week. Next week maybe bean sprouts. I used to detest beets but might have to break down if I cant come up with something else.
jp, check out this blog: THE GREAT BIG VEGETABLE CHALLENGE

I tried several new things this past year:

- an Indian dish for the first time, using garam masala
- awesome osso buco
- Israeli couscous
- fresh heart of palm from an Asian market I discovered; there's lots more to try from there, including frozen fish balls that are still in my freezer - thought they'd be good in soup, but haven't used them yet.
- cheesecake! I'm not much of a baker, but I found a recipe that does not require a water bath, and it turned out great.

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