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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Chile Sauce 101: Christmas-Style

Andrew Zimmern's Fresh Tomatillo-Poblano Sauce

I am in love with the global pantry, and learning simple ingredients or techniques from other food worlds is something that really thrills me. One small, simple recipe can be built on for years, and provide limitless cooking pleasure.

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

The Perfect Holiday Sugar Cookie: Biscochitos

Andrew Zimmern's Biscochitos

One bite of these amazingly balanced little beauties will have you hooked. They are the sine qua non of the holiday cookie world. Trust me.

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Billi-Bi

Andrew Zimmern's Billi-Bi

This soup is considered one of the world's classic dishes and its complex flavors and rich, luxurious texture back that reputation up. Unlike its famous siblings in the hall-of-fame food world, this soup is fast, easy and inexpensive, a real stunner at the dinner table too. Read more >

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Steamed Cucumbers with Pork and Ginger

Andrew Zimmern's Steamed Cucumbers with Pork and Ginger

My friend Mrs. Wakabayashi learned to make a version of this dish from a Chinese chef in New York City in the mid-'70s. I devoured it then, and whenever I see this dish on Cantonese menus I always order it. Finally, I decided to create a recipe for it myself and I think you will love its textural surprise. Read more >

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Hanukkah Toffee Matzo

Andrew Zimmern's Hanukkah Toffee Matzo

I offered up potato pancakes and my grandmother's chopped liver for this column in past years, and there are a ton of recipes for the holiday week on andrewzimmern.com but this toffee matzo is very special. Read more >

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Pumpkin Pie

Andrew Zimmern's Pumpkin Pie

I gotta be honest, I am a traditionalist at Thanksgiving. So after decades of writing and re-writing recipes, the only day I come to a screeching halt is this one. Every other day of the year I am up for a change of pace, something inspired from a trip, another culture, I'm willing to be elastic... but not on this day. Read more >

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Auflauf... German Breakfast Pancake

Andrew Zimmern's German Breakfast Pancake

This pancake grows up the sides of the pan and forms an amazing, thick, crêpe-y pancake just yearning to be filled with all of your favorite ingredients. Have fun with this one... It's a weekend-breakfast family treat that my grandmother taught my mom to make when she married my dad. Read more >

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The Ingredient: Sweet, Aromatic Soy Sauce (Fu Zhi Jiang You)

Sweet, Aromatic Soy Sauce Over Noodles

My friend Yu Bo sent me this recipe, after I begged him for it. The spices can be varied; Yu Bo told me many Sichuanese cooks would also include small amounts of licorice root (gan cao) and dried “sand ginger” (shan nai, more commonly called kaempferia galangal) but I like it with star anise and extra heat. I usually make a batch four or six times the size of the recipe, just to have it around. I use it as an ingredient in anything requiring sweet soy or as a dip for dumplings or roasted Chinese barbecue, or as a sauce for noodles. This stuff is meant to be played with in the kitchen and once you have it on hand, you will try it on everything. I even drizzle some on fried eggs. READ MORE »

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Crab Rolls Two Ways

Crab Rolls with Thai Chile Sauce

In our neighborhood the adults have a potluck while the kids trick-or-treat. Sure, the little rug rats love these “country club” classics, but there are usually none left for them. I fry these in an electric skillet; it’s the easiest and best way for these sweet, tasty, guilty pleasures to be as fresh as possible for our guests. I serve them with lemon wedges but they are also good with a side dipping bowl of doctored sweet Thai chile sauce for chicken. They’re a huge hit. READ MORE »

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Bavarian Beer Hall Schweinshaxe

Bavarian Beer Hall Pork Shanks

This is the crispy beer hall pork shank that I have loved all over Austria, Germany and Eastern Europe. One night in Salzburg I went to the Augustiner beer hall with some friends for dinner and left there bound and determined to re-create this dish at home. It’s brined, cooked in fat and then quickly crisped in the same lard. It’s decadent. This is food for cold weather that’s meant to be shared with friends. Be sure to serve the shanks with plenty of red cabbage or kraut and rye bread, and go for a long walk after dinner. READ MORE »

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