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Arugula Salad with Aged Gouda, Savory Praline, and Mustard Dressing

This is a guests are coming for dinner salad, fancier and more labor intensive than most, but the extra effort really pays off. My husband, the salad hater, scarfed it down so enthusiastically that I added extra arugula to the recipe to stretch it. All the parts can be made…

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Slow-roasted Spiced Baby Back Ribs

One of my all-time favorite field trips for “Cooking Live” was to Memphis to cover the huge annual barbecue cook-off there. It is an astonishing event that attracts more than 200 teams from all around the country, from funky little crews of like-minded friends to heavily financed corporate outfits. Everyone…

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Orzo and Basmati Pilaf with Spring Vegetable Ragout

Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta from Italy. Basmati is a fragrant Indian long-grain rice with a wonderful nutty taste. The two of them combine to make a great side dish, but you can top it with anything and turn it into a main dish. Here we’ve chosen asparagus, mushrooms, and…

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Mexican Chicken Salad

This is my favorite kind of salad because it has so many ingredients—and each with a different texture, from the creamy avocado to the crispy homemade tortilla chips. I have cheated here by using leftover or rotisserie chicken. It would work just as well with leftover pork, shrimp, or beef.…

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Spring Spaetzle

Soon after I started making spaetzle as a side dish at home on a regular basis, it occurred to me that you could dress up and sauce this German pasta much as you would any other fresh pasta—an inspiration that automatically promoted spaetzle from a side dish to an entrée.…

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Vegetarian Chili Pie with Monterey Jack Cheese and Corn Bread Crust

Vegetable chili, like any stewed dish, is even better the day after you make it, when all the flavorings have had a chance to sink in. Of course, it’s also fine if you eat it the same day you make it. But whenever you make it, make a double batch…

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Eggplant Rollatini with Four Cheeses

This recipe improves on the traditional eggplant rollatini by calling for roasted, not fried, eggplant. Consequently, it is easier to prepare (no baby-sitting the slices in the pan) and easier on your waistline (roasting requires far less oil than frying). You’re welcome to stuff the eggplant with cheeses other than…

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Butternut Squash Soup with Gruyère Pesto

The generic recipe for winter squash soup or puree typically begins by calling for a scary amount of the squash “peeled, seeded, and cubed,” and then steamed or boiled. Have you ever tried to peel, let alone cut, even one of these hard winter squashes? There may be no easier…

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Cauliflower Soup with Caraway and Rye Croutons

What I love about vegetable soups like this one is that they boast the soul satisfying consistency of cream without actually containing any. Cooked and pureed, most vegetables are amazingly creamy all by themselves. (OK, some of them need to be pureed with potato to create the desired effect, but…

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Spanish-style White Bean, Kale, and Chorizo Soup

In the early nineties, I went on a weeklong press trip to Spain. Other than learning everything there is to know about olive oil—the stated purpose of our trip—all we did for a week was eat ourselves silly and drink many bottles of beautiful Spanish wine. Not surprisingly, I fell…

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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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Southern Manhattan Corn Chowder with Fried Pickles

Everyone knows that corn and tomatoes go together like love and marriage.  Adding pickles to the mix is my own little twist. Originally, I wanted to create a Manhattan Corn Chowder on the model of a Manhattan Clam Chowder. But when I thought of Manhattan, I thought of delis. When…

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Smoky Salmon Chowder with Lemon Pepper Crackers

This hot and hearty chowder is a great dish for a winter weeknight. Made with milk, not cream, it’s healthier and lighter than a classic chowder but seems plenty substantial as you are enjoying it. (The downside is that it is a bit more likely to look a little curdled…

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Mini Meat Loaves

One evening I was making individual free-form meat loaves on Cooking Live when a viewer called in and said she used a similar recipe but always mixed up a double batch and then froze half in muffin tins. On evenings when there was nothing else in the fridge, she‘d just…

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito

Some time ago Good Morning America ran a low-fat, low-calorie Healthy Eating contest that asked viewers to submit original recipes for Best Entrée and Best Dessert. We received hundreds and hundreds of entries, narrowed them down, then flew the winner in each category to New York to make their dish…

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Hungarian Pork Cutlets

This is one of the four quick meat sautés that I included in Sara Moulton Cooks at Home. You start by pounding the meat nice and thin which allows it to cook quickly. Then you coat it in seasoned flour which keeps it from drying out when it is cooked,…

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Ants in a Tree

This is a simplified version of a Chinese dish. An uncomplicated and delicious combo of ground pork and noodles, it is called Ants in a Tree because that is supposedly what it looks like. The first time I ate it was when Kempy Minifie the senior food editor at Gourmet,…

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Cooking Duck with Ariane Daguin!

I love duck, cook it frequently, and have included it in all my books. Recently Ariane Daguin, founder of D’Artagnan, invited me to cook with her in an Episode of her video series, Back of the House. Please take a look. Ariane really knows duck; she was raised in Auch,…

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Chicken Scaloppine with Fresh Tomato or Salsa Sauce

Although none of us wants to devote more than 45 minutes to getting dinner on the table during the workweek, we still want to eat well. Now that children are back to school, time is even more critical. In Sara Moulton Cooks at Home, I included four quick family-friendly chicken…

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Salmon Cakes

If you live on the East Coast and your electricity has been out for more than 48 hours, do take a look at the “From the Pantry” chapter of Sara’s Weeknight Meals. In most recipes, you don’t need anything from your refrigerator. If frozen ingredients are called for, you can…

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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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Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad and Slaw

One of my favorite dishes is Buffalo chicken wings, that irresistible combination of deep fried chicken wings tossed in hot sauce with a side of blue cheese dipping sauce and celery sticks. I’m also crazy about veal Milanese—veal dipped in egg and Parmesan breadcrumbs and then sautéed—especially when it’s topped…

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