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Grilled Salmon, Arugula & Grilled Corn Salad, Sweet Pea & Avocado Crostini

Makes 4 servings Suggested Accompaniment Serve with a Chardonnay Ingredients Four 6-ounce boneless, skinless filets of salmon seasoned with extra virgin olive oil to coat and a liberal sprinkling of salt and pepper Sweet Pea Hummus (recipe below) Crostini (recipe below) 2 ears of fresh corn shucked, grilled and cut…

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Grilled Salmon, Arugula & Grilled Corn Salad, Sweet Pea & Avocado Crostini

Makes 4 servings Suggested Accompaniment Serve with a Chardonnay Ingredients Four 6-ounce boneless, skinless filets of salmon seasoned with extra virgin olive oil to coat and a liberal sprinkling of salt and pepper Sweet Pea Hummus (recipe below) Crostini (recipe below) 2 ears of fresh corn shucked, grilled and cut…

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Duck Breast Salad with Pear Walnut Dressing and Blue Cheese

Servings: 4 For the duck: 2 whole duck breasts with the skin (4 halves, about 2 lbs. total) 1 very ripe pear, peeled, cored and sliced ½-inch thick 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup walnut oil 6…

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Spicy Greens Ravioli

Servings: 4 Start to finish: 40 minutes Hands on time: 30 minutes 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 9 cups packed spicy or bitter greens, such as arugula, escarole, watercress or, mustard, chopped fine 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons homemade ricotta cheese (see recipe below) or store bought ricotta 3 tablespoons…

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Toasted Pasta Spanish-Style with Shrimp and Chorizo

Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes Hands on time: 1 hour Servings: 4 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic, divided Kosher salt 8 ounces fideos, spaghettini or thin spaghetti, broken into 1 to 2-inch lengths 6…

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Sauteed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers

Start to finish: 45 minutes Hands on time: 45 minutes Servings: 4 1 pound chicken breast cutlets, preferably thin sliced 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided 3 tablespoons rinsed, drained and dried capers Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour (preferably wondra) for dredging the chicken…

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Quick Sticky Buns

This is one of the recipes that is so popular every time I make it and I thought I would share it here in case you are planning a Mother’s Day brunch. AKA Biscuit Sticky Buns, it is based on my very quick and easy Cream Biscuits recipe. These are perfect…

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Roasted Red Pepper and Prosciutto Lasagna

Wonton skins, which can be found in the frozen food section of your supermarket, cook up beautifully, just like fresh Italian pasta, and I see no reason not to stock them in your freezer at home and thaw them out whenever you want to make “homemade” ravioli or lasagna. Your…

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Simple Boiled Rice

Makes 4 to 6 servings Hands-on time: 3 minutes Total preparation time: 22 minutes Kosher salt 1 cup long grain white rice 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or to taste Freshly ground black pepper Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Gradually pour in the…

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Zucchini and Pasta Noodles with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

Serves 4 Hands-on-time: 15 minutes Total prep time:  30 minutes 4 cups baby zucchini 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pinch of saffron 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups labneh 8 cups zucchini spiral noodles 4 cups cooked angel hair pasta 1/4 cup minced cilantro 1/4…

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Mu Shu Vegetables with Pancakes

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes Ingredients 8 thin pancakes (see recipe below for Basic Crêpes) 4 medium scallions One 3-inch piece fresh ginger 3 garlic cloves 1/2 pound baby bok shoy (2 or 3) or napa cabbage (about 1/3 head) 1 medium red…

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Kentucky Lemonade

Hands-on-time:  10 minutes Total prep time:  55 minutes There are two secrets to making great lemonade: Secret #1 – Roast your lemons. Secret #2 – Bourbon. Fortunately, this recipe incorporates both those tips to deliver one of the greatest summer taste sensations of them all: Kentucky Lemonade. You can use…

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Red Wine Braised Beef Brisket with Flying Disks

My husband Bill has been telling me about his aunt Rifka and her asbestos hands for as long as we’ve known each other. He claims there was no pot so hot she couldn’t pick it up barehanded. (This amazing ability seems just slightly less amazing to me since I went…

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Smoked Salmon and Salmon Roe on Crispy Potato Pancakes

I often make these appetizer latkes from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home for special occasions when it’s just the four of us at home, because you can dress them up or down. Sam leaves the salmon and caviar alone in favor of the unadorned potato pancakes. Ruth also favors the pancakes…

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Baby Egg Rolls with Soy Dipping Sauce

For the Egg Rolls: 1/4 cup olive oil One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 garlic clove, minced One 1/2-pound boneless pork chop, cut into thin strips 2 scallions, white and 1 inch of the green parts, thinly sliced 1 carrot, julienned 1 large red bell pepper, julienned…

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Chinese-Burmese Chili Chicken

Serves 3 as a main dish with rice, or 4 as part of a multi-course meal Ingredients 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thigh or breast, cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick large slices 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2…

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Creamed Corn

You can make creamed corn without cream and still get just what you want from the dish: the texture of cream and the flavor of corn. In fact, creamed corn without cream is a distinct improvement on creamed corn with cream. Relying on the corn’s own starch for thickening guarantees that…

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Tomato Gratin

This dish tastes best when the tomato season is at its height. As with almost any recipe featuring tomatoes, I pre-salt them to remove their excess liquid and concentrate their flavor. You can top them off with any kind of cracker—even plain old bread crumbs would be fine—but I like…

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Sautéed Falafel

Falafel are a favorite of connoisseurs of street food from Jerusalem to New York City.  Made with ground dried chickpeas or fava beans, they’re hot, peppery, meaty, inexpensive, and satisfying – a handy little meal in a pita pocket.  Given that we’re starting with canned beans instead of dried beans…

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Grilled Shiitake, Sweet Potato, and Eggplant Kebobs

Shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and eggplant are all very “meaty” vegetables. Similarly there’s a creaminess to Sesame Miso Sauce, although it contains no cream. Put them together and you’ve got a very filling dish. Tasty too, of course. Grilling these vegetables as kabobs brings out their natural sugars. (You can…

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Asian Green Beans and Pork

I have always loved the original version of this Chinese dish when I was served it. The only trouble is that the green beans are usually wok-fried in lots of oil. I wanted to lighten it up a bit so I figured out a way to crisp the beans without…

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Barbecued Kielbasa

In my research for Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals I found a recipe for my grandmother Ruth’s “Barbecued Frankforts” on a three- by five-inch index card in an old metal box, handwritten in her own beautiful curly script. Granny was a superb ye olde New England cook, so I gave…

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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Souffléed Omelet

This is a cross between an omelet and a soufflé and doesn’t take too much work as long as you have electric beaters. Make sure you beat your egg whites just to soft peaks; otherwise they won’t fold properly into the egg yolk base. Any leftover cheese or vegetable such…

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Scampi Heros

Nobody ever really gets enough shrimp. Which is why the idea of a scampi hero seemed luxurious to me. (In Italy, scampi is the name for the tail portion of any of several kinds of small lobsterlike creatures. In America scampi is the name for a dish of large shrimp…

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