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Antipasto Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano Dressing

This is the perfect lazy day summer salad since you never have to turn on the oven. You could even buy the blanched broccoli or cauliflower and prepared pasta salad at the salad bar and never turn on the stovetop. Feel free to substitute any meats or cheeses for the…

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Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Tart

There are very few things more delicious than tomatoes in season.  Sure you can buy them all year round, but these imports tend to be mealy and flavorless, so why bother?  This tart is a celebration of the tomato at the peak of its perfection, namely right now. One important…

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Cheeseburgers Steamed in Beer

 My first official cooking job was in the mid 70’s at a bar in Ann Arbor Michigan (where I went to college) called the Del Rio. The most famous item on the menu, invented by a bored cook one slow day, was a burger called the “Det Burger,” a quarter…

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Asian Green Beans and Pork

   The original version of this Chinese dish is deep fried. I didn’t think most home cooks would want to deep fry on a weeknight (let alone at all.) I also wanted to lighten it up a bit so I figured out a way to crisp the beans without the…

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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Souffle Omelet

Photo by Jessica Leibowitz Any leftovers you have would make a fine filling for this souffléed omelet so consider this a clean out the fridge dish. Just make sure you only beat your egg whites to soft peaks, otherwise they won’t fold properly into the egg yolk base. Makes 2…

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Tomatillo Salsa Clams

Photo by Jessica Leibowitz If you think about it, the liquor in which a clam swims is nature’s own clam sauce, a great source of the clam’s appeal whether you eat it raw or steamed.  When they’re steamed the clam shells open and  the clam liquor flows into the pot. …

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Eggs Baked in Red Wine

At first glance this recipe might seem a little odd – eggs and red wine? – But it’s based on a French classic called Oeufs en Meurette, and who am I to argue with the French? Everyone will be delighted with their own personal little ramekin of bacon and eggs.…

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Chickpea Patties with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Photo by Jessica Leibowitz For this weeknight salad I have streamlined and speeded up the process of making falafel. I’ve renamed it  “Chickpea Patties” since it is not the same as the authentic version.  I start with canned chickpeas instead of dried chickpeas or favas.  Then I shape them into…

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Roasted Salmon with Lentil Salad

photo by Jessica Leibowitz French lentils are tiny green lentils that cook in no time and have a wonderful texture and flavor but if you can’t find them go ahead and use plain old green lentils. If you don’t eat pork you can just leave out the pancetta or you…

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Seared Beef in Autumn Broth with Wasabi Cream

      Everything that goes into this soup contributes flavor. You can vary the vegetables according to your taste and what is available in your supermarket. Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: about 15 minutes Total preparation time: 33 minutes 2 medium carrots 2 medium parsnips 2 small turnips 2…

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Clam Tomato and Bacon Stew with Grilled Garlic Bread

Cooked hard-shell clams are an unbeatable two-for-the price-of-one delight – you get the clams themselves and the clam liquid they give off as they cook, which creates an instant sauce with astonishing depth of flavor.  And it’s simple.  You just combine the clams with some liquid (and aromatics, if you…

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Very Very Crispy Chicken Thighs

This is a loose technique recipe. You can make 2 chicken thighs or 8 chicken thighs following these instructions and then top the thighs with a sauce of your choice or no sauce at all, perhaps just a squeeze of lemon. Skin on, bone in chicken thighs Kosher salt Freshly…

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Fried Catfish

Yield: 6 servings Rice bran oil for frying the fish (or any high heat oil) 6 (7 to 9-ounce) US farm-raised catfish fillets 2 cups buttermilk 1 recipe fish fry mix (recipe below) Heat the rice bran oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven over high heat until it reaches 350…

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Chef Airis Johnson’s Jambalaya

NOTE: This recipe can be cut in half and all proteins don’t have to be used (i.e. shrimp can be omitted) but are highly recommended.Serves 6 to 8 2 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, diced 3 celery stalks, diced 1 small green bell pepper, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1…

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Sauteed Fish with Gazpacho Vinaigrette

Fish needs a little acid, even just a squeeze of lemon to perk it up. I have gone a little further here with a gazpacho vinaigrette. Gazpacho is a Spanish soup with many variations but the basic one as we know it is a cold chunky tomato vegetable soup. I…

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Paella

Note: we made the stock during the show because of time constraints, but if you are going to make a stock (instead of using store bought broth), make it in advance because it should simmer for 3 hours. Serves 6 people Hands on preparation time: 1 1/2 hours Total preparation…

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Pesce all’Acqua Pazza (Fish With White Wine and Cherry Tomatoes)

  Yield: 4 servings Easy enough for a weeknight, this simple, simmered fish dish originated along the Amalfi coast, where seafood is eaten regularly. Acqua pazza, which means “crazy water” in Italian, is derived from the way Neapolitan fisherman used to cook the day’s catch; in seawater, imbuing it with salty…

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Bahamian Soup

Serves 8 to 10 2 ounces diced slab bacon, rind removed if any is on it ¼ cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced 1 Scotch bonnet, seeds and stems removed, minced 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and diced medium 4 celery stalks, cleaned and diced medium 1…

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Butternut Squash, Date and Blue Cheese Crostata

Start to finish: 2 hours Hands-on time: 45 minutes Servings: 6 1 small butternut squash (about 1 ¼ pounds), peeled, seeded and cut into slices about ¼-inch thick 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 large leeks, white and light green parts sliced, halved, sliced 1/2…

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Roast Duck with Mustard Green Peppercorn Sauce

Serves 4 One 5-pound Long Island (Pekin) duck Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small onion, coarsely chopped 1 small carrot, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, smashed with the side of a knife 1 cup dry red wine 1 small celery rib,…

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Peking Style Duck Wraps

Makes 8 wraps, 4 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 25 minutes Ginger Hoisin Sauce (recipe follows) 1/2 medium napa cabbage 1 medium jicama 1 medium red bell pepper 4 medium scallions 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon hot red…

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Bistro Duck Breasts

Makes 4 servings 6 Peking duck breast halves Kosher salt 1 shallot, minced (about ¼ cup) 1 cup chicken broth ¼ cup dry red wine 2 teaspoons coarsely crushed black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 teaspoons water 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Score the skin…

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Turkey Keema with Sweet Potatoes and Stuffed Peppers

Note: we did a double recipe for 8 people because we were -re-using the leftovers later in the week. The recipe for 4 and for 8 are below. You should make the recipe for 8 if you are planning on preparing the stuffed peppers later in the week.  For 4…

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French Onion Soup Burger

If you’re a fan of traditional French onion soup – and who isn’t? – you’re going to love this burger.  It’s kitted out with all of the ingredients that make the soup such a treasure – tender, browned onions, beef broth, red wine, Gruyere cheese, and French bread – and…

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