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Taro & Sweet Potato Chips

By |2021-02-02T18:25:30+00:00February 2nd, 2021|

These crispy, unusual chips pair as well with a gourmet burger as they do with a main course salad. Rough skinned and uber-starchy Taro corms (Colocasia esculenta) are readily available at world markets, and whatever you don’t use, you can plant in the garden. Many taro species (not all) have characteristic black squiggles throughout the [...]

Crispy Mioga Tempura

By |2021-02-02T17:49:50+00:00January 8th, 2021|

In late summer, the purple-yellow buds of hardy Japanese ginger appear at soil level and can be hidden from all but the knowledgeable forager. Harvest them when still tight and prepare right away. The zesty, gingery buds can be pickled or shredded on salads, but tempura makes a meal an occasion. When fried, mioga buds [...]


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