T. Susan Chang http://kmuw.org en Try A Do-It-Yourself Mother's Day http://kmuw.org/post/try-do-it-yourself-mothers-day My mother didn't plant a great many spring bulbs. But over by the pachysandra patch, there was a single lovely pink tulip, and I kept my eye on it for two weeks before Mother's Day. When that Sunday morning arrived, I rushed out, snipped it and ran inside to where she lay sleeping to present it to her. "Did you pick that outside?" she inquired, her expression shifting from sleepy surprise to something more complicated. I nodded proudly. "Oh ... Wed, 08 May 2013 15:35:42 +0000 T. Susan Chang 16898 at http://kmuw.org Try A Do-It-Yourself Mother's Day Preserved Lemons: Older, Wiser And Full Of Flavor http://kmuw.org/post/preserved-lemons-older-wiser-and-full-flavor On many occasions in my longtime relationship with cookbooks, I have had this experience (which will sound familiar, if you like Middle Eastern flavors as much as I do). I'm happily paging through my new Moroccan or Lebanese or Israeli book, lost in dreams of lamb and sumac, saffron and figs. "Mmmm," I murmur over a glossy page, "<em>that</em> looks delicious."<p>I trace my finger down the ingredients list. Shallots, check. Tomatoes, check. Cinnamon stick, check. And then there it is: <em>Preserved lemon</em>. "Drat," I think. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:35:42 +0000 T. Susan Chang 15444 at http://kmuw.org Preserved Lemons: Older, Wiser And Full Of Flavor In Praise Of The Humble Lentil http://kmuw.org/post/praise-humble-lentil The year I discovered lentils, I was broke and lonely and didn't know how to cook. Lentils, it turned out, would have gone a long way toward providing the solution to some of these problems. However, when I first had them, they were a mystery.<p>They also were the cheapest thing on the menu at the Middle Eastern deli around the corner. The dish was <em>mudardara</em>, I was told. "What's that again?" I said, unable to untangle the knot of plosive consonants. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:47:13 +0000 T. Susan Chang 13348 at http://kmuw.org In Praise Of The Humble Lentil Recipe Rebellion: A Year Of Contrarian Cookbooks http://kmuw.org/post/recipe-rebellion-year-contrarian-cookbooks "Just throw the whole lemon in the food processor for lemon bars."<br />"Don't just soak your dried beans — brine them!" Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:08:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 10306 at http://kmuw.org Recipe Rebellion: A Year Of Contrarian Cookbooks The Hard-Boiled Truth About Egg Soups http://kmuw.org/post/hard-boiled-truth-about-egg-soups The chicks arrived five months ago — eight gray, blond, black and tawny puffballs no bigger than the eggs they'd been hatched from a day earlier. They had a slavishly devoted audience within minutes and names within 24 hours. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:26:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 7780 at http://kmuw.org The Hard-Boiled Truth About Egg Soups