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Black Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2013
Great base recipe. My only alteration was to add a chopped, seeded jalapeno along with the onion, etc to give the beams a bit more flavor. I used the quick soak method described by MrsOz and didn't have any problems with adding salt. Delicious alternative to canned beans.
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Chef John's Crab Cakes

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2012
Pretty good. I added more cayenne than a pinch, but other than that followed the recipe. The crab cakes held together pretty well in the skillet, so that bit of advice (from the video) kept me from chickening out and adding more crackers and breadcrumbs. I wonder if they'll still hold together if I add some dill next time...
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Hearty Creole Okra and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2012
Growing up in Houston, in an historically Acadiana family :-) , this was one of my favorite dishes as a teenager. We ate it without sausage, served over dirty rice. So, now that I'm a grown up living in Austin with easy access to fresh okra, I was so happy to find this recipe, I was prompted to write my first review! This was excellent -- I've made it twice. Both times without the corn (since I've never eaten it that way before). Otherwise, I followed the recipe to the T the first time -- and it was great! I brought it to work and made my fellow South Louisiana-heritage-turned-Texan coworkers jealous. The second time I skipped the celery, added bell pepper, bay leaves, and garlic. Still awesome! This recipe leaves a lot of room for improvisation while still being delicious. The key: okra and tomatoes. The acid from the tomatoes cuts the okra slime. Other than that, experiment!
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