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Braised Brisket with Flying Disks

Serves 8 to 10 For the brisket: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil One 4 to 5 pound beef brisket, preferably flat cut with a 1/4-inch layer of fat left on kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 large onions, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons minced garlic ¼ cup tomato…

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Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Wraps

For the shrimp: 1 lb. shrimp, 16-20 size or bigger, peeled and deveined 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt and black pepper 1 tablespoon sriracha BBQ sauce, optional 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions For the salad: 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber 1 cup finely diced…

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Agnello Scottadito with Heirloom Tomato Salad

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 12 individual lamb chops 2 sprigs rosemary cracked black pepper to taste 2 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes salt and pepper to taste 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar 6 large fresh basil leaves 5 fresh mint leaves Directions Brush some oil on the…

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Dirty Duck Rice

  Serves 4 to 6 people 3 large duck livers 1/2 cup whole milk 6 confit duck legs (available on line from Mapleleaffarms.com and Dartagnan.com) 2 tablespoons duck fat (available from the above on line sources) 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onions 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons brandy 3…

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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…

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Pimento Cheese

Serves 2 to 4 people 8 ounces sharp cheddar, coarsely shredded ½ cup jarred pimentos, drained and finely diced ¼ cup mayonnaise Homemade style whole wheat bread Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Spread the cheese on the bread to make sandwiches and cut into quarters.…

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Roasted Vegetable and Fresh Ricotta Sandwiches

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 35 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes Suggested Accompaniments: Roasted kale and parsnip strips 1 small eggplant (about 10 ounces) 1 large zucchini (about 12 ounces) 1 ½ pounds plum tomatoes (about 6 medium) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground…

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Picadillo Sloppy Joes

  Picadillo Sloppy Joes Total preparation time: 30 minutes Makes 4 servings (3 ½ cups filling) 1 medium onion 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 pound ground chuck, round, or sirloin One 4½-ounce can chopped green chiles ½ cup pimiento-stuffed green olives 1-cup chili sauce…

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Chicken, Shrimp, Peanut and Cashew Stew

Chicken, Shrimp, Peanut and Cashew Stew Serves 6 to 8 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 8 pieces with the skin on 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, about 20 shrimp 4 tablespoons dende oil ½…

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Smoky Fish Chowder

Makes about 9 cups, 4 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 8 ounces Canadian bacon 1 medium onion 2 medium celery sticks 1 pound boiling potatoes, such as Yukon gold or Red Bliss 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh thyme…

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Savannah Bee Rosemary Honey and Georgia Peach Chutney Burgers

Serves 4 For Peach Chutney: 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar 1/2 cup Savannah Bee Rosemary Honey 1 large sweet red pepper, seeded, diced 1/4 inch, about 1/2 cup 1 small white onion, peeled and diced, about 1/2 cup 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced, 2…

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Grilled Duck Breast on a Honey Roasted Carrot-Farro-Herb Salad with Cider Jus

Makes 4 servings Serve with a pinot noir Two 12-ounce Muscovy Duck breasts Honey Roasted Carrot Farro Salad (recipe below) Cider Jus (recipe below) First score the fat side of the breast by making shallow, crosswise cuts. (This helps the fat melt away into the pan.) Season the breasts well…

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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…

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cucumber Cantaloupe Salsa and Creamy Feta Dressing

  Start to finish: 40 minutes Hands-on time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled, divided 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk 1/4 cup mayonnaise (low-fat if you prefer) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing the…

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Steak with Steak Butter

STEAK BUTTER Start to finish: 10 minutes Hands-on time: 10 minutes Servings: Makes about 16 tablespoons (1/2 pound) 1/2 pound Homemade Butter (see recipe below) or store-bought unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons and softened to room temperature 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove, finely minced…

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Indian Scrambled Eggs with Pappadams

Ingredients 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil Four 8-inch pappadams 1⁄2 small onion One 1-inch piece fresh ginger 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large serrano chile 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric 8 large eggs 1⁄3 cup plain low-fat or full-fat Greek-style yogurt (see page 49) Kosher salt 1⁄2 pound…

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On this week’s show, guest chef Ming Tsai and I make quick and easy one-pan dinners.

Using just one pan for dinner makes both the cook and the dishwasher happy, plus it’s so easy. In Episode 518: One Pan Wonders, we start with guest Ming Tsai and his Lemongrass Chicken Soup. Then on “Ask Sara,” tips for using the original pot, the wok. Finally, I help a…

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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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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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This week on the show, we feature Meatless Mondays with Amanda Cohen.

There are so many exciting vegetable choices at the supermarket these days why not designate one day a week as a no meat meal. In Episode 507: Meatless Mondays, Amanda Cohen, chef of the much talked about NY restaurant ‘Dirt Candy’ introduces me to a fantastic new tool, called a…

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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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