Kitchen Shrink: Can I freeze potatoes?

A viewer recently asked, “Can I freeze potatoes?” Although you can’t freeze raw potatoes (they discolor and the texture changes), if you suddenly have way more potatoes than you can use before they wrinkle, you can freeze some for a short period of time with the right preparation. You might…


I will return to the Lake Austin Spa Resort on Tuesday, December 12th, to teach a class and host a Hanukkah party.

On Tuesday, December 12th, I am returning to the Lake Austin Spa Resort to teach a class for spa guests from 2 to 3:30pm and then host a Hanukkah party that is open to the public from 5 to 6pm. The menu for the class will be Root Vegetable Latkes, Smoked…


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…


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…


Kitchen Shrink: How can you keep Scalloped Potatoes from curdling?

I recently got a question from Phyllis who asked, “Every time I make scalloped potatoes my sauce breaks. What am I doing wrong.” This seems to be a frequent problem with scalloped potatoes particularly when you use a recipe that calls for layering the potatoes, onions, and cheese and pouring…


Sesame Peanut Sauce

Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 10 minutes Makes about 1 3/4 cups 3 medium scallions 3/4 cup smooth unsalted peanut butter 1/2 cup hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce (low sodium, if you prefer) 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil Tabasco or your favorite…


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…


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,…


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…


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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