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Red-Wine Braised Beef Brisket with Aunt Rifka's Flying Discs

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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Red-Wine Braised Beef Brisket with Aunt Rifka’s Flying Discs

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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Mushroom Enchiladas

Funny thing about mushrooms:  although they’re about 80% water to begin with, they have the spongelike ability to soak up a bunch more liquid besides.  In this meatless recipe, the mushrooms start by absorbing a very flavorful lime-and-cumin marinade.  Then they’re charred under the broiler along with tomatoes, onion, and…

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Spring Soup with Bread Dumplings

First things first: This is a spring soup. It’s meant to be made when asparagus and fava beans are in season. Just because you can find these items in the supermarket in November, when they have been flown in from the other half of the world, doesn’t mean you should…

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Red Beans and Rice Soup

Red beans and rice is one of the signature dishes of New Orleans, a city rich with the influences of Latin America and the Caribbean.  Indeed, that’s why Louis Armstrong, New Orleans’s pioneering cultural ambassador to the world, used to sign off his letters, “Red beans and ricely yours….” Now…

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo and Greens

This is a very substantial and satisfying soup, perfect for these last cold days of winter. Thickened by pureed cauliflower and potato, it is luxuriously creamy without any cream. The sausage, greens, and paprika give it heat, and the cauliflower florets give it crunch. Serve this soup with garlic bread…

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Reuben Pizza

When I was just getting started on this book, I asked Jennifer Day, my chef de cuisine at Gourmet, to put on her thinking cap and pass along her best recipe ideas. She and her husband, Matt, cook dinner at home almost every night, and they’re always experimenting with new…

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Creamy Baked Polenta

I have recently been getting a lot of requests for this recipe from Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals. The cornmeal mush known as polenta, one of the national dishes of Italy, emerged in its original form as the field ration of the Roman soldier. Although pulmentum was made of millet…

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Thanksgiving Hens

Rock Cornish Game Hens, a cross between a White Rock Hen and a Cornish Hen, are underrated. Maybe it is because ounce for ounce they are a little more expensive than chicken or perhaps it is because they are a little scary for people who are used to chicken in…

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Jean Anderson's Oven-Fried Chicken

This easy recipe from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home is ideal for entertaining. You can put it into the oven and it minds itself while you do other things. When I told my mentor and good buddy Jean Anderson that this book needed her chicken recipe — it’s become one…

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Jean Anderson’s Oven-Fried Chicken

This easy recipe from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home is ideal for entertaining. You can put it into the oven and it minds itself while you do other things. When I told my mentor and good buddy Jean Anderson that this book needed her chicken recipe — it’s become one…

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Cataplana

My guest for Episode 119 of my show is Jasper White, a long time friend from Boston. Although he and I have never worked together, we have many connections. One of his early chef partners was Lydia Shire, my first chef on my first job at the Harvest Restaurant in…

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Soba Noodles with Asian Clam Sauce

Soba noodles are thin Japanese buckwheat noodles that are rich in protein and fiber. The Japanese usually serve them cold, in salads, but they’re also great served hot. Anytime you steam clams, you get an instant full-flavored sauce in the form of clam broth. In this case, I’ve taken the…

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Portobello Burgers with Red Pepper and Gorgonzola

I enjoy cooking and serving vegetable main dishes all year long. I love to let the vegetables shine in the center of the plate. You’ll find a whole chapter of meatless recipes in all three of my cookbooks. My Portobello Burgers are absolutely wonderful meatless sandwiches. In the center is…

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Japanese Beef Fondue

This recipe is based on a Japanese dish called shabu-shabu, but I left out the kombu (dried kelp) and the tofu, then poked it here and pinched it there, so I can’t pretend that my version is even remotely authentic. But both recipes are built around poached beef. I’d almost…

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Chilled Pea Soup with Mint, Curried Shrimp, and Peanuts

Cold soups generally leave me cold. They just seem like an excuse for a cold drink. But this one is an exception. Prepared with all the prescribed accoutrements – curried shrimp, shredded carrots, and toasted nuts – this dish is a perfectly refreshing warm-weather meal. Makes 4 servings Hands-on time:…

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"Fried" Catfish BLTs

The Husband tends to scorn the BLT as an “air sandwich.” Of course, it’s delicious—how can it not be as long as bacon is involved—but it’s hardly what you’d call filling. That’s why I’ve bulked up the traditional BLT with some “fried” fish. I’ve also tricked up the standard-issue mayo…

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“Fried” Catfish BLTs

The Husband tends to scorn the BLT as an “air sandwich.” Of course, it’s delicious—how can it not be as long as bacon is involved—but it’s hardly what you’d call filling. That’s why I’ve bulked up the traditional BLT with some “fried” fish. I’ve also tricked up the standard-issue mayo…

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Pasta Pizza

I first learned about “pasta pizza” from Leslie Glover, one of Gourmet’s test cooks, who developed it for “In Short Order.” It is ridiculously simple and so tasty. Anytime you make angel hair pasta, just cook double the amount you need. The leftover pasta, recast as the star of this…

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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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Carrot “Fettuccine” with Spicy Shrimp

This recipe from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home is the happy result of an unhappy incident. My friend and fellow chef Sandy Gluck was trying out for a job at a very fancy cutting-edge restaurant in New York City in the early eighties. One of the many reasons she decided…

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Indian Scrambled Eggs with Pappadams

My favorite eggs are poached or fried (I love those runny yolks), but scrambled eggs are a close second, as long as they’re properly cooked. The right way to do it is slowly and at a very low temperature; this guarantees the eggs’ creaminess, but it also requires a measure…

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Egg, Canadian Bacon, and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches

This hearty sandwich from Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals (page 103) is featured on Episode 104 of my public television show, Sara’s Weeknight Meals. Lots of folks prefer breakfast to any other meal. These range from the relative few who pour themselves a bowl of cereal in the evening and…

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Breakfast Strata

Although this recipe from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home is called Breakfast Strata and the dish was originally designed for a weekend brunch, it will solve your busy-night dinner problems as well. You set it up the night before and then just put it in the oven 60 minutes before…

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