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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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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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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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Asparagus and Parsley Salad with Shaved Parmesan and Toasted Walnuts

  Photo by Jessica Leibowitz 1/2 cup walnuts 6 medium stalks asparagus 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread out the walnuts on…

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Celeriac and Orange Pizza

Hands on time: 30 minutes Total Prep time: 60 minutes About 10 servings 80 grams  (about 2/3 cup) all-purpose flour 80 grams  (about 1 cup ) grated pecorino cheese 10 grams  (about 2 ¼ teaspoons) baking powder 5 gr (1 1/4 teaspoons) salt 300 grams (about 10 1/2 ounces) peeled,…

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Grilled Personal Pizzas

Servings: 6 personal pizzas 1 recipe Ten-Minute Pizza Dough (recipe below)  or 1 1/2 pounds room temperature store-bought pizza dough divided into 6 balls 1/2 cups Speedy Marinara Sauce or your favorite store-bought variety (note: omit, if making simple margherita pizza which consists of tomato, mozzarella and basil) 3 cups…

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Green Chile and Zucchini Quiche

Green Chile and Zucchini Quiche This quiche gets its heat from canned chiles. But if you have a little more time, you should lose the canned chiles and make the recipe instead with roasted fresh poblanos, which are even more delicious. I like the contrasting crunch of Triscuits, but just…

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Sauteed Shredded Beets with Balsamic Vinegar

In this recipe you peel and grate the beets while they are still raw which cuts way down on the usual cooking time. Now just they take 3 to 4 minutes to cook rather than the usual 45. Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 15 minutes…

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Sushi: California and Cucumber Rolls

Serves 4 Hands-On Time: 45 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours For The Sushi Rice: 2 ½ cups Calrose medium grain rice 2 ½ cups water 1/3 cup rice vinegar 1 ½ tablespoons Kosher salt 1 ½ tablespoons sugar For The Sushi Roll Fillings: 1 seedless English Cucumber 1…

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Broccoli with Feta and Angel Hair Pasta

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 10 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 1 bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds) 12 oz angel hair pasta 2 c Homemade Vegetable or Chicken Stock or canned broth 1/2 to 1 t crushed red pepper flakes 6 oz feta cheese Kosher salt Bring a…

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Yunnan Tea Eggs

Makes: 6 to 8 eggs 6 cups water 3 pieces star anise 3 bay leaves 3 garlic cloves 1 cinnamon stalk 1 cup regular soy sauce 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce ½ tablespoon citron peppercorn 1 ½ teaspoons five spice powder ¼ cup Yunnan Mountain Black tea 3 pieces dried…

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Smoked Tofu Topped with Wakame Salad

1 package extra firm tofu 3 tablespoons Lapsang souchong black tea 1 cup water 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon uncooked rice Wakame salad, shredded nori, kimchee and black sesame seeds for garnish Slice tofu into quarter thick slices. Rinse 1 tablespoon of the tea. Bring the water…

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Chianti Tortelli

(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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Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce

When spaghetti squash is cooked, the scooped-out flesh emerges in thin strings, like transparent strands of spaghetti.  Its texture is crisp, its taste is mild, and it can indeed replace actual spaghetti in the recipe of your choice.  This is especially good news if you’re searching for an alternative to…

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Korean BBQ Tacos

Serves 4 Gochujang Roasted Tofu Filling 2 T. gochujang (Korean chili paste) 3 T. sesame oil 2 T. maple syrup 1 lb. extra firm tofu Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Line a pan with parchment paper and lightly oil it’s surface. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the gochujang,…

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Giant Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms are a giant version of a recipe my Mom used to make as a side dish. She would use plain old cultivated mushrooms which were considered very elegant at the time and stuff them simply with chopped mushrooms, onions and breadcrumbs. I started with three of my…

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Rustic Potato and Greens Pie

Servings: 6 I made one of my favorite savory pies with greens and fingerling potatoes from Chefs Garden. When I was working in Gourmet’s test kitchen in the mid-Eighties and we styled a dish to be photographed that didn’t look perfect, we’d turn a negative into a positive by calling…

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Asian Grain Bowl

4 Servings Hands-On Time: 45 minutes Total Preparation Time: 80 minutes Servings: 4  For the miso sesame sauce: 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar 2 tablespoons white or red miso 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 1 ½ tablespoons well stirred tahini 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon of…

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Roasted Ratatouille Crêpes with Goat Cheese

My mom made ratatouille from the New York Times Cookbook all the time when we were kids, and I just loved it. This venerable vegetable stew from the south of France with its many flavors layered together has all the complexity of a meat stew without the meat. All the…

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Zucchini in Cuban Style Cherry Tomato Sofrito

(Calabacin del Patio con Sofrito de Tomate Cereza y Picada de Almendras, Cacao y Perejil) Copyright @Maricel E. Presilla Makes 4 servings Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Rice or shredded Napa cabbage seasoned with just a bit of olive oil and salt.…

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