Course: Side Dish

Spiced Paneer


Paneer is a fresh cheese that hails all the way from South Asia, in particular India and Pakistan. It is an unaged cheese that uses natural acids to curdle milk and form cheese curds. It also does not contain rennet. Paneer is a versatile cheese in that you can season it while making it, adding

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Polenta with Shiitake Mushrooms


Polenta is a interesting food. Made from corn meal it can be soft and creamy like grits or refrigerated and hardened into something that can be grilled, sauteed or fried. Polenta can be made in about 100 different ways. This particular experiment was one that I came up with on the fly. It combines rich

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Couscous and Veggie Salad


Couscous salad is a great alternative to traditional pasta salad. Couscous are small balls made of semolina (the same thing most pasta is made from). These little pasta balls originate in North Africa but can be seen in dishes from Sicily to Israel and the Middle East. Traditionally, couscous is topped with a stew of

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