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Rainbow Roll Cake with Homemade Sprinkles

I made and wrote this before the SCOTUS decision to repeal the ban on homogamous marriage. What a beautiful Pride present!

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Somehow in a conversation about fairy bread last year, my then-foodie-buddy, now-girlfriend confessed to me that she loves sprinkles. Loves them. So, with a birthday coming up during Pride Month, what would be more festive that the loudest cake ever–complete with homemade sprinkles?

There are three parts to this cake: the sprinkles, the rainbow jelly roll, and the frosting.

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Will Graham Goes Grocery Shopping

[a dramatic reinterpretation of the product placement grocery-store scene from Manhunter (1986)]

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Image: Will Graham from Manhunter, in the Dipps and Whipps aisle of a grocery store.
Will Graham is a man. A man with a past. A man on a mission. A fisher, luring in his prey. That prey? Grape Nuts.

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Will: “To see about Mom?”
Mom’s fiber intake seems kind of low, lately, Kevin–Josh–Willy– whatever your name is in this version. Why, wholesome, hearty Grape Nuts are just the thing for catching serial killers!

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Ful Medames with Fresh Fava Beans

Fava beans, or broad beans, are in season again. I used to make this dish in Kanazawa when the fava beans (soramame, 空豆) came to market.

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Buying enough fresh fava beans in the pod to make a dish can be a challenge if you don’t have a baseline for measurements–and that’s assuming that all the beans are fully formed! A pound of pods ought to yield about 1 US cup, 10 oz., 280 g. The original recipe calls for canned beans, if that’s easier to measure. I also tend to serve this with one egg person for protein.

Oh, and I suppose you could serve this with a nice Chianti, but only if you pronounce it correctly.

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Add a Dash of Cultural Imperialism: Japanese Food and Cooking (1956), Part 5

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A slightly blurry photo of sashimi from a dinner at the Nikko Hotel in Kanazawa.
A slightly blurry photo of sashimi from a dinner at the Nikko Hotel in Kanazawa.

Get your lamps out, readers, it’s time for culinary gas-lighting, and I don’t mean the stove.

Warning: here there be gifs.

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