Lucky Seven

A versatile spice blend from Lantern's Andrea Reusing
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At her Chapel Hill restaurant, Lantern, Andrea Reusing marries Asian flavors with ingredients sourced from North Carolina's farms and fisheries. In her first cookbook, Cooking in the Moment, the award-winning chef aims to share the simple recipes she makes for family and friends in her home kitchen with cooks everywhere. Here, she puts Asian spices into play with a colorful seven-spice powder that seasons a new-to-Carolina crop: edamame. Add a pinch to flavor the soybeans, then follow Reusing's lead and use the leftover blend to add subtle heat to sashimi, noodles and soups.

Warm Edamame with Seven-Spice Powder

Recipe adapted from Cooking in the Moment by Andrea Reusing (Clarkson Potter)

Yield: 4 servings


2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fine Korean chile powder or finely ground flakes from a semi-hot dried chile (such as ancho)

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds, toasted

1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted

2½ teaspoons poppy seeds

2½ teaspoons sansho powder (optional; see Note)

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

1½ teaspoons finely grated orange zest

¼ sheet of nori (dried seaweed), finely chopped (about 1½ teaspoons)

4 cups fresh or frozen edamame pods

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon


1. Make the seven-spice powder: In a small bowl, combine the chile powder with the black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sansho powder (if using), kosher salt, orange zest and nori.

2. Make the edamame: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the edamame until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain the edamame in a colander.

3. Transfer the edamame to a medium bowl and toss with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the seven-spice powder. (Transfer the remaining spice powder to an airtight container and reserve for another use.) Season to taste with sea salt and serve immediately.

Note: Sansho powder is related to Sichuan pepper and has a similarly numbing heat but with bright lemony notes. Look for it at Asian markets.

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