Kitchen Thrift

By Riki Shore As I write this, the Southern California sun is streaming in my dining room, bleaching everything it touches and raising the indoor temps to above 80 degrees. Crazy for January, no? And yet, I’m craving beef stew. It must be all the East Coast winters of my childhood that make me crave cold-weather dishes at this time of year. This stew is inspired by a recipe in Michael Psilakis’ wonderful cookbook How to Roast a Lamb. Everything I’ve made from that book is incredible, but he often calls for a long list of ingredients. I’ve simplified his […]

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By Riki Shore I have a confession to make: I’d never made beef stock before yesterday. I wasn’t even sure I’d like eating it. But we’d amassed pounds of bones and an enormous knuckle in the freezer, and it was time to do something with them. Thinking of all the healthy gelatin and fat – not to mention flavor – the bones contained, I went looking for a recipe for beef stock. Primal Cuts is an amazing resource for all things meat-related. Compiled by Marissa Guggiana, it features recipes and stories from “America’s best butchers”. Ignoring the butcher-as-sinister-rock-star photos and […]

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By Riki Shore Last month I promised you a monthly recipe that combines great taste with kitchen economy. I kicked it off with a quick chicken stock, and heard from many of you who were already busy in the kitchen making stock. This month I have a recipe for you that’s even quicker, easier and less expensive: kombu dashi or Japanese fish stock. A cornerstone of Japanese cooking, kombu dashi is made with¬†kombu¬†(Japanese for kelp) and dried bonito flakes. Kombu is a large seaweed that grows in shallow ocean waters. It’s high in potassium, calcium and iodine, as well as […]

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By Riki Shore It seems like everywhere I turn people are talking about money. The price of fuel is driving up the cost of food and suddenly eating out isn’t so feasible anymore. That grass-fed steak or wild fish filet you want to buy is going to cost more than $25 to feed a family of three or four. Even the weekly grocery items at Trader Joe’s are more than $50, and we go through them with alarming speed. At the same time, people seem to be working more than ever. We spend long hours in the office or commuting, […]

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