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Salad in a Jar

For the Honey-Lime Dressing: 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon honey dash of hot sauce For the salad: ¼ cup black beans (rinsed and drained) ¼ cup corn kernels ¼ cup guacamole ¼ cup chopped tomato ¼ cup shredded chicken ¼ cup shredded romaine ½…

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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 (like Heinz – this…

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Arroz Con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

    Note: you can make this dish without the meat for a vegetarian version Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 hour Serves 4 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 pound pork, cut into ½-inch pieces (optional) 1 ounce of pancetta (optional) 1 tablespoon annatto oil (see note below)…

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Franck Garanger’s Paella Valenciana

  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…

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Cuttlefish, Meatballs and Green Peas

Cuttlefish, Meatballs and Green Peas Makes 4-6 Servings Hands on time: 45 minutes Total preparation time: 1 1/2 hours For the meatballs: ½ pound ground pork ½ pound ground veal 2 cloves minced garlic Small bunch of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1…

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Handmade Lemon Pasta

Handmade Lemon Pasta Makes 4 – 6 Servings Hands on time: 40 minutes Total preparation time: 1 hour and 15 minutes For the pasta: 4 cups 00 flour (Italian milled flour) 2 tablespoons semolina flour 1 large egg 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature 1 cup milk, at room temperature…

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Chianti Tortelli Filled With Asparagus and Goat Cheese

(Recipe courtesy of Allesio Bagnoli based on the family recipes of Veronica d’Entreves) Makes: 6 to 8 Servings Hands on time: 45 minutes Total preparation time: 3 ½ hours For the pasta dough: 3 ½ cups semolina flour 3 large eggs 2 to 2 ½ cups of Chianti Wine For…

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This stick-to-your-ribs meal makes entertaining easy.

Here’s a great stick-to-your-ribs meal that makes an easy main dish for a company dinner. My current Washington Post recipe, Red Wine-Braised Brisket with Aunt Rifka’s Flying Discs, is a favorite in my family. It is my husband’s aunt’s  recipe for a delicious braised brisket with matzoh ball dumplings. You’ll find it…

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Tomato, Chicken and Tortilla Soup

Serves 4 12 plum tomatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds) 2 ears corn, husks removed 2 small unpeeled onions, halved 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon chili powder Kosher salt 4 (6-inch) corn tortillas 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (from rotisserie chicken or two 6-ounce packages roasted…

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Asian Chicken Salad

Servings: 4 1/2 cup slivered almonds 3 tablespoons sesame seeds 4 ounces sugar snap peas 2 medium carrots One 3-inch piece fresh ginger 4 medium scallions 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 2 teaspoons soy sauce (low sodium, if you prefer) 3/4…

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Shellfish and Couscous Stew

Servings: 4 Start to finish: 45 minutes Hands on time: 35 minutes 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 8 small sea scallops 8 medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons) 3 plum tomatoes (about 8 ounces), finely chopped 1 cup…

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Maialino Style Pork Ragu with Broken Lasagna

Maialino Restaurant in New York City serves this hearty pork ragu as a sauce for dried lasagna pasta that has been broken into 3-inch pieces. It’s unusual in that it has no tomatoes–just onion, celery and fennel seeds for flavor. At the end of the cooking, the meat is torn…

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Crispy Pasta Pizza

For each 10-inch pizza: 1 tablespoons olive oil 1/6 pound cooked capellini 1/2 small green bell pepper, sliced into thin rings 1/2 cup Quick Tomato Sauce, recipe follows, or your favorite store-bought tomato sauce 2 ounces thinly sliced provolone 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, ripped into pieces Fresh basil sprigs…

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Grilled Pizza with Blistered Corn and Asparagus

Makes 2 to 4 servings Hands-on Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments: Super Celery Salad – shaved celery and parmesan tossed with lemon juice and olive oil (for a detailed recipe go to “Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow BBQ,” Wiley Publishing, 2005,…

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Goan Wild Striped Bass Curry

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Basmati Rice Sautéed Zucchini   6 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground turmeric 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 (4-ounce) wild striped bass fillets, skin on and 1 1/2…

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Greek Farro and Greens with Shrimp and Feta

Start to finish: 50 minutes Hands on time: 40 minutes Servings: 4 ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 12 ounces peeled, and deveined jumbo shrimp 1 cup finely chopped onion Kosher salt 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 10 ounces baby spinach,…

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Five Ingredient Scallop and Prosciutto Kebabs with Pink Sangria

Start to finish: 30 minutes Hands on time: 15 minutes hands on Servings: 4 16 sea scallops (about 1 ½ inches in diameter 1 ¼ pounds) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Kosher salt 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 8 thin slices prosciutto di Parma (about 4 ounces) 16 large…

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Duck Breasts with Apricot Szechuan Peppercorn Sauce

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes Suggested accompaniments: Parsnip puree (recipe below) Pea shoots tossed lightly with olive oil and fresh lemon juice Ingredients 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns 4 Pekin duck breast halves Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup apricot preserves…

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Buffalo Chicken Rice

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time 25 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes Suggested accompaniment: Tossed green salad 1 cup long-grain white rice 8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast halves 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Kosher Salt 2 tablespoons hot sauce 4 ounces blue cheese 1 cup celery leaves, for garnish Bring…

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Fried Catfish with Eric’s Homemade Tartar Sauce

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…

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Chicken Tomatillo Salsa Nachos

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 30 Minutes Suggested Accompaniments Black bean soup Store bought tortilla chips or Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips (recipe below) 1 cup store-bought green or red salsa or Tomatillo Salsa (recipe below) 4 chicken thighs, reserved from Peruvian Spiced Chicken Thighs 6…

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Peruvian Spiced Chicken Thighs

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves 1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium, if you prefer) 3 tablespooons distilled white vinegar 1  1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1  1/2 teaspoons hot paprika 3/4 teaspoons dried…

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Vietnamese Style Banh Mi

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 25 minutes 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar Kosher salt One 5-inch piece seedless (English) cucumber 2 medium carrots One 4-inch piece daikon 2 medium scallions 1 large jalapeño chile 3/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons hot chili sauce…

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Spicy Roast Pork Tenderloin

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 40 minutes Two 1- to 1 1/4-pound pork tenderloins, trimmed and patted dry 1/4 cup hot chili sauce (preferably sriracha) 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the tenderloins in a lightly oiled roasting…

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