A good char balances veggie’s sweetness | Food

Burnt food is every cook’s nightmare, but you shouldn’t be afraid of a good char. It’s a fine line, but charring sweeter vegetables such as corn or sweet potatoes builds flavor by introducing a bit of bitterness that balances their natural sugars.

To illustrate the point in this recipe from our book “COOKish,” which limits recipes to just six ingredients without sacrificing flavor, charred corn plays a starring role in a delicious savory-sweet side that’s perfect for potlucks or as a side to roasted or grilled meat.

Inspired by Andy Ricker’s grilled corn with coconut milk from his book “Pok Pok,” we toss corn kernels and Fresno chilies with coconut milk. Under the high heat of a broiler, the natural sugars and fat in the coconut milk speed the charring of the corn (be sure to use a broiler-safe baking sheet for this recipe). The tasty darkened bits lend complexity

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‘Food as Medicine’ Concept Expands Footprint

Photo Courtesy of Enclave Cafe
Enclave Cafe, founded in 2019 and with a flagship location at Scripps Ranch, will soon open two more restaurants, one in University Town Center and another in the Torrey Hills area.

Photo Courtesy of Enclave Cafe
Enclave Cafe, founded in 2019 and with a flagship location at Scripps Ranch, will soon open two more restaurants, one in University Town Center and another in the Torrey Hills area.

Enclave Cafe, a “food as medicine” concept with a 600-square-foot location in Scripps Ranch, is expanding its regional footprint.

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Founded at the end of 2019, Enclave will open two more locations before the end of the year, said Founder Lan Thai. This includes a 1,200 square foot cafe in Torrey Hills and a bigger, 3,200 square foot restaurant with a medicine elixir bar in the University Town Center area, she said.
In 2020, the Scripps Ranch Enclave Cafe restaurant made $3 million in revenue, said Thai. The anticipation is the two additional locations will garner roughly the same figures annually.


Much Bigger Operation


“I was actually just looking for a kitchen space, like

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