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I lived in Sichuan for a year and fell head over heels in love with the food, which practically revolves around these peppercorns and dried red chilies.

I can't recommend Fuschia Dunlop's (I know I spelled that wrong) cookbook Land of Plenty enough. Check it out from the library--it's full of recipes that show the Sichuan peppercorn in all its grandeur. :) A basic technique is heat oil in a wok, add a 1/4 teaspoon of Sichuan pepper and a few dried chilies to a dish, stir-fry for about thirty seconds, then add some sliced garlic and ginger, stir-fry a bit more, and then add either some vegetables to stir-fry or some meat. It gives a wonderful, spicy and numbing flavor.

Here is one of my favorites, for "dry-fried green beans":

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ingredient Spotlight: Sichuan Peppercorns
9/16/08 12:50 PM

Does anyone have an idea about a good scraper to use to clean it with? I have a ceramic cookie sheet that is in desperate need of some scraping, too, in addition to the pizza stone.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Baking Tools: Wear and Care of Your Pizza Stone
6/5/08 07:48 AM

I have a kind of silly question about when/how to cut herbs from container gardening. I have a rosemary plant and a chive plant and am thinking about buying pots of mint and basil. (Not adventurous enough to grow from seed just yet.) I think I've kind of mauled my chive plant by cutting off too much, too quickly. How much and how often can I cut from my plants and still keep them healthy?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Guest Expert: Give Us Your Gardening Questions for Kitchen Gardening Author Jennifer Bartley
5/6/08 07:28 AM

I checked out King Arthur Flour's Whole Grain Baking from our library and was sad when I had to return it. I only baked the quickbreads and muffins, but the ones I did were delicious and didn't taste at all like "health food." I want my own copy now!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Weekend Reading: Favorite Cookbooks on Baking Bread
5/2/08 06:58 AM

I think if I had a kitchen half as lovely as any of these I might die of happiness.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Vote Your Favorite Small Cool Kitchen: Week 4 Edition
4/28/08 11:06 AM

ll, that sounds fantastic. YUM.

I'm (crosses her fingers) going to try my hand at a loaf of bread--the country-style loaf from Daniel Leader's Bread Alone, which I finally got from the library. Even if it doesn't work out beautifully, my husband is very gracious at eating recipe failures. :) I'm thinking also a tomato-gorgonzola-cream pasta recipe that I got from the Splendid Table and a spinach & red onion salad with some strawberries and a warm vinaigrette. Mm, am getting hungry already.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | What's Cooking This Weekend...Weekend of April 26-27, 2008
4/26/08 05:33 AM

I am lucky to have married into a good set of knives. :) My husband used to be a Cutco salesman. And while it is kind of a knife-selling cult, man, those things are good. I use the chef's knife everyday for everything, and (at least according to Josh's previous knife-selling spiel) they have some sort of magic voodoo that makes them rarely ever get dull. Has worked well for me so far, and you can't argue with a nice set of knives that we didn't have to pay for...

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Good Question: What Is the Best Chef's Knife?
4/26/08 05:28 AM

Those dogs made me smile. :) A lovely place.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #35: Lee's "Mod" Mother-in-law-Suite
4/25/08 04:00 PM

Thanks! The pans look great and aren't too expensive either. (A good thing, since one of the reasons I'm interested in baking is because good bakery bread is the price of solid gold around here!) The beer bread on your link looks tasty, too--I'll be trying that and the Farmhouse White soon!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Recipe: Beginner Sourdough Loaf
4/25/08 09:42 AM

A bit of a silly question to all the wise cooks out there: My husband and I are (for the next 3 months at least), making do with a 75-sq foot kitchen/eating space...which doesn't leave much room for storage. We store almost all our produce in the fridge, although I know it's not good for things like onions, potatoes, shallots, etc. We usually keep our garlic & ginger in a spoon rest thing right on our stove (a bad habit I picked up from my ex-roommate!). Things things like potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, etc., should be stored in a cool, dark place, right? How would you recommend storing in an apt. where every square inch of storage space is being used for grains/beans/cans, etc?

Thanks, all!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Open Thread #151
4/25/08 09:40 AM

What a great Mother's Day gift! I'd definitely put in my great-grandmother's recipe for homemade chicken & dumplings and my mom's delicious red velvet cake and pumpkin roll recipes. (Hey, I'm from the South.)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Thursday Giveaway: Tastebook for Mother's Day
4/24/08 10:47 AM

We just had purple potatoes last night for the first time. I love how unique they look...almost like something that should be in a Dr. Seuss book.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Recipe: Pecan Crusted Salmon with Sautéed Ramps and Purple Potatoes
4/23/08 04:52 PM

What a beautiful loaf! I'm curious--what type/brand of loaf pans would you all recommend for someone who's starting out & would like to learn how to make sandwich loaves?


Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Recipe: Beginner Sourdough Loaf
4/17/08 10:36 AM

So smart with the bookshelves/kitchen storage idea. I had a major case of kitchen lust when I saw it... :)

Apartment Therapy New York | East #22: Danielle and Meg Try Color
4/16/08 12:24 PM

I will second both the recommendations for steaming/boiling and lightly salting. I lived in China for a year, and these were great as an appetizer or to balance spicy dishes.

I love edamame in salads, too. I'd recommend sprinkling some cooked edamame on this salad:

I made it with tofu, but it would be good with chicken, too. The dressing is to die for. Easily the best peanut dressing I've had.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Tip: How To Use Frozen Edamame
4/16/08 06:54 AM

Thanks, classiccook--I'll have to buy one if I see one (not that likely at the neighborhood Publix, I'm afraid :) and give it a shot. Maybe the skins on the Asian ones were thicker.

An adventure, to be sure.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Good Eats: What Is a Pomelo?
4/9/08 10:32 AM

I have a question for all of you. At my house, we have been addicted to spinach salads with a warm bacon vinaigrette. I've been serving these in a nice wooden salad bowl that I have, but I've noticed that it's started to discolor on the bottom. It's a black bowl, and on the bottom, it says it's made of rubberwood. Does anybody know if there's something special I should be doing to preserve my bowl? (It was one of those $20 Thomas O'Brien pieces at Target, but I'd still like to keep it nice.)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Open Thread #147
4/9/08 04:35 AM

I miss pomelos! I ate them all winter when I lived in China for a year. So delicious...although the streetside fruit sellers would always cut them and peel them for me with their machete-like knives, which is good because on some pomelos the peels would easily be an inch thick. I don't think I would even know how to peel one here.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Good Eats: What Is a Pomelo?
4/3/08 04:15 AM

I went vegetarian for Lent, so I'm trying my hand at making beef bourguignon. Bacon beef chocolate (!!!) plus a bottle of wine = yum. Also some grilled asparagus, a salad, a simple yellow cake with strawberries, and a bottle of Mountain Dew for my husband. He can't celebrate without it. :)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Open Thread #144
3/21/08 08:01 PM

Pulled pork...mmm. Gave up meat for Lent, and I can almost taste the BBQ sauce.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Thursday Giveaway: Crock-Pot VersaWare Slow Cooker
3/14/08 10:40 AM