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Smoked Korean Rice Cakes

Korean rice cakes are wonderfully chewy, and their subtle flavor is the perfect foil to strong, rich sauces. But that doesn't mean they can't have their own flavor too. Here, the rice cakes are quickly smoked using a makeshift stovetop smoking rig that requires no special equipment beyond a couple of disposable aluminum roasting pans and some wood shavings. More

A Sandwich A Day: The Chopped Coffee Cured Beef Brisket at Smoke in Dallas

If you're used to getting your barbecue the real Texas way—no plates, no utensils, just a big ol' pile of meat served on wax paper on your tray, then you may well dismiss Smoke, chef Tim Byres's Dallas restaurant before even sampling it's 'cue. That would be a mistake, as it is exceptional. There is a certain amount of self-consciousness inherent to a barbecue restaurant that serves its fare on china and tablecloths and grows its own vegetables in a garden out back, but there's nothing pretentious about the service or prices at Smoke. More

Aviary's Bitter

The Bitter cocktail, from the Aviary in Chicago, is served in a glass that's been smoked over a piece of smoldering bourbon barrel stave, which is custom-cut by the cocktail lounge's industrial designer. Fear not—we love this cocktail with or without the touch of smokiness! But if you're feeling adventurous and want to truly re-create this drink at home, used small-format, seasoned barrels are available for purchase online from New York's Tuthilltown Spirits, makers of Hudson whiskey. More

Smoke Jazz Club: Can A Former Ballerina Save Jazz Club Food?

As someone who was in the jazz business for fifteen years, back in the '70s and '80s, I can unequivocally state that the food served in jazz clubs almost always sucks. It's almost as if they intentionally make the food bad to make you appreciate the music more. So when I heard that Patricia Williams (former ballerina turned serious chef) was cooking at Smoke Jazz Club uptown, I was intrigued. Was she running a destination-worthy jazz club kitchen? More

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