Category Archives: lunch

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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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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Grilled Cheese with Leftover Greens

As promised, I’ve put those leftover kale greens to good use. Absolutely yummy lunch made by foraging in my fridge. It smelt and tasted like victory. Makes one sandwich 2 slices wholewheat bread 1 teaspoon mustard 1 teaspoon mayonnaise 2/3 … Continue reading

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Roasted Fennel and Leek Soup

Brrr. It’s cold out there. As temperatures plummet and the snow piles high, I recommend retreating indoors for some good old-fashioned soup making. Here’s the product of my last snow day: a roasty, toasty fennel and leek puree soup. Actually, this … 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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