Fermented Black Bean and Tomato Pesto

Fermented black beans, also called shih, can be made with different cultures. The most common type is made with Aspergillus sojae. But they can also be made with Bacillus subtilis, a useful and ubiquitous bacteria that secretes widely used enzymes. After making natto from black soybeans and other ingredients, we …

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Mother Sauces

Classic French cooking has a long established tradition of using five sauces that pair with specific traditional ingredients. They are called mother sauces. If you were going to make a gratin of potatoes or macaroni and cheese, you would make a Béchamel sauce. If you added salt, pepper, nutmeg and …

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