Category Archives: appetizer

Vodka-Cured Salmon Gravlax

Sometimes we forget that just as vegetables and fruit have a season, so too do fish. Sure there are farm raised fish available throughout the year, but sustainable, wild caught seafood is definitely the better way to go. Late spring ushers … Continue reading

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Hello Spring!

My local farmers’ market opens for the season this weekend and I am so ready for it. To honor that occasion, here’s a recipe for a classic French sauce to dress up the lovely greens that I’m eagerly anticipating. While they may … Continue reading

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Mussels in Coconut and Beer Broth

I read an article in the New York Times a few weeks ago about the shortage of mussels on the US Eastern seaboard this winter. It wasn’t the usual sad story of overfishing. Instead, the heavy ice caused by the brutal winter … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Beet and Lamb Pizzas

I’ve made variations of this lamb pizza for years now. It’s inspired by the exotic flavors of the Middle East that I came to know and love when I lived in, wait for it… Brooklyn, NY. I’d spend my carefree weekends … Continue reading

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Ham and Black-Eyed Pea Soup

I learned a thing or two about Southern cooking during my time working on the Deen family cookbooks. Most significantly, I learned that even though I’m a Northerner through and through, I sure do like me some down home cooking from … Continue reading

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Beets, Beet Greens, and Tomato Salad

I’m fairly certain no one will ever charge me with excessive frugality. But every once in a while, I manage to create a recipe that demonstrates a real “snout to tail” or “roots to leaves” approach to cooking that makes me … Continue reading

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Pear and Prosciutto Salad

Here’s my deep thought for the day: apples are great, but pears are divine. I think they go a long way toward making up for the loss of freshly picked strawberries, blueberries, and peaches, which are exiting the stage at this … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cherry Tomato and Bell Pepper Tart

Tomatoes and peppers and onions oh my! Late summer vegetables are in full swing. But at this point in the summer, I’ve had about 9 million tomato salads and I’m ready to put them to more inventive uses. That means … Continue reading

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Red Potato Nicoise with Seared Scallop

Here’s another dish featuring the spoils of my good friends’ garden. During our visit, my boys learned how to get into the dirt and dig for potatoes, an activity I highly recommend for 8-year old boys, or girls for that matter! … Continue reading

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Corn on the Cob, Three Ways

With temperatures in New York topping out in the low 90’s yesterday and predicted to hover around 88 today, Mother Nature has clearly proclaimed that summer is far from over. The kids may be back in school (and amen for that) but … Continue reading

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