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When Arrabbiata Meets Sambal

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Sambal is becoming more common, a spicy Malaysian chile paste that is widely used for a lot of Asian cuisine. You can find it in the Asian food aisle of any well-stocked grocery store. A generally straightforward mix of chiles, salt and vinegar (some have garlic and/or sugar), sambal can best be described as an Asian harrissa. It’s different from Sriracha in that it is nice and chunky with lots of seeds and bits of chile. It makes for a great shortcut to Arrabbiata and here’s the simple way to do it.

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Southwestern Hush Puppies? That’s Crazy Talk!

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Before you hush puppy purists grab the torches and pitchforks and head to Los Angeles for a few days of burning yours truly at the stake, hear me out. I was desperate for an appetizer at this Saturday’s grilling and had no money but plenty of corn masa, garlic, habanero pepper, and vegetable oil. That’s where this tasty violation of southern tradition originated.