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weeknight meals

Quick Asparagus Lasagna

This is a recipe for spring, even though you can buy asparagus from South America out of season. Asparagus is tastier if you buy it locally and in season. All the thicknesses are fine with me; from pencil-thin spears to thick stalks. However, I recommend that if the asparagus is…

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Seared Beef in Autumn Broth with Wasabi Cream

Makes 4 Servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 33 minutes This dish began as a variation on a French recipe called boeuf a la ficelle (literally “beef on a string), which requires the cook to tie a string around some filet mignon and lower it into a pot…

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Chicken Stock

Makes about 8 cups Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 3 1/2 hours I understand that most people are going to reach for a can of chicken stock on a weeknight (and yes, let’s be honest, even on a weekend) but I am hoping that one weekend, when you…

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Middle Eastern Meatball Sandwiches with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Makes 4 Servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes This is nothing more than a fancy hamburger on a skewer with a garlicky yogurt sauce, but boy, is it good. It was a hit with my family the very first time I made it. You’re welcome to…

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Fried Clam Sandwich

Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 35 minutes Total preparation time: 45 minutes I just love fried clams. Let me back up here – I actually love anything fried, but you can’t always justify it from the mess and caloric point of view. Clams were made to be fried. Anybody who…

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Pressed Smoked Salmon or Turkey Reubens

Makes 4 sandwiches Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 27 minutes Built of corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, the Reuben sandwich is a masterpiece of heart-stopping excess, huge not only in flavor but in size. Indeed, as my father-in-law might say, the typical Reuben sandwich is…

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