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Steak Mushroom and Tomato Salad with Bearnaise Dressing

Servings: 4 Start to finish: 1 hour 40 minutes (40 minutes without pre-salting) Hands on time: 20 minutes 1 pound 3/4- to-1-inch thick steak– such as flat iron, tri tip or boneless short rib Kosher salt 2 cups cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced seedless…

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Watermelon Screwdrivers

  Serves 4 to 6 Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 4 1/2 hours (Due to freezing) 1 pound cubed watermelon flesh, about 5 cups 1 quart orange juice, preferably fresh 3/4 cup vodka or to taste Remove all the seeds from the watermelon and place in a blender.…

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Southwestern Gazpacho

Start to finish: 1 hour plus chilling time Hands-on time: 1 hour Servings: 4 (about 6 1/2 cups) 4 cups coarsely chopped, peeled, English (seedless) cucumbers plus 1 cup diced peeled cucumber 2 cups coarsely chopped plum tomatoes plus 1 cup finely diced tomatoes 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1…

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Butter Lettuce Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Start to finish: 20 minutes Servings: 6 For the dressing: 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil  For the salad: 4 heads butter lettuce or…

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Meatballs with Cuttlefish and 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 large egg 1/2 cup all-purpose…

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Meatball Tagine with Couscous

Serves 6 For the sauce: 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes 1/2 cup water 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon Spanish smoked paprika 1 tablespoon ground cumin Salt Pinch of ground cayenne For the meatballs: 2 pounds ground beef chuck or lamb 1 medium onion, grated or finely chopped…

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Spicy Tex-Mex Meatballs

  Yields 4 servings Hands-on time: 30 minutes Total preparation time: 55 minutes 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 1 cup finely chopped onion 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh or pickled jalapeno 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped or 1/4 to…

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Sticky Buns

Makes 18 Small Buns For the glaze: 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup honey 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1/2 cup finely chopped lightly toasted pecans For the buns: 1/2 cup dried cherries 2 tablespoons rum or brandy 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1…

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Glazed Roasted Pears with Shortbread Pecan Brittle and Crème Fraiche

Serves 4 For the praline: 2/3 cup chopped (cut into about 1/3-inch pieces) Walkers Shortbread cookies 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted pecans ½ cup sugar  For the roasted pears: 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt…

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Warm Chocolate Cheesecake

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 to 40 Minutes One 3.5 oz bar bittersweet chocolate 8 oz full-fat or 1/3 less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons unbleached all-purpose flour 1 large egg Preheat the…

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