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Gingery Chicken Broth with Wonton Ravioli

This soup combines two of my favorite recipes—Eileen Yin Fei Lo’s gingery Chinese chicken broth and Jacques Pépin’s chicken breast stuffing—with one of my favorite techniques, wonton as ravioli. Eileen introduced me to Chinese-style chicken broth when she appeared on my show to make recipes from her book The Chinese Way.…

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Oven-baked Chowder

I was born and bred in New York, but my roots are in New England, so you might say that chowder is in my blood.  My family has always made New England-style chowder by starting with whole cod or haddock on the bone, because the bones are the key to…

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Tomato Pie

Make this pie during the high tomato season and you just can’t lose; those big ripe local tomatoes will do all the work for you. After you slice and salt the tomatoes and roll out the dough, the rest is simple. (If you want to cheat, use a store bought…

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Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Cashews

Haven’t you often wondered how they make the delicious citrus dressing that glorifies the Iceberg salads often served at sushi restaurants? The orange dressing in this recipe is my attempt at duplicating it, and I think I’ve come pretty close. With the dressing in hand, I wondered just which ingredients—other…

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The Ultimate Spinach Salad

I just love salad. When I’m in the city, I eat salad every day for lunch. When I’m on the road for business, I often order salad from room service for dinner. Of course, I understand that not everyone shares this leafy passion (take my husband, please), so when I…

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Two Melon, Prosciutto, and Feta Salad

This dish, from Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals, is perfect for those warm summer nights when you don’t even want to switch on the stove. Melon and prosciutto is such a refreshing summertime appetizer that I wondered if there was a way to make it entrée-hearty without ruining its essential…

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Sweet Summer Corn Soup

Posted with permission of author, from Caprial’s Soups & Sandwiches by Caprial Pence. Ingredients 8 cups chicken, fish, or seafood stock 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, diced 6 cloves garlic, minced Kernels cut from 12 ears fresh corn (about 10 cups) 1 cup dry white wine 2 cups…

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Potato Gnocchi

Patricia Fairbanks of West Townsend, MA sent me this recipe. She says to plan on one cereal bowl per person and to be sure to cover the cooked gnocchi with sauce. My son, Sam, thought these were great. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed…

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Avocado, Black Bean and Tomato Salad

A favorite from my friend and colleague Jean Anderson. Makes 4 servings Ingredients 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 large scallions, trimmed and finely chopped (include some green tops) 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 firm-ripe Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced One 15 1/2-ounce…

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