Warm Candied Corn Salad from Alex Guarnaschelli

October 21, 2017

Quick before the fresh corn is gone; make this! Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli’s culinary interest began as a child, watching her cook book editor Mother test countless recipes at home. Fast forward to today, she’s executive chef at NYC’s Butter restaurant and a constant presence on television. She has a new cook book out […]

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Garlic-Herb Shoestring Fries in the Oven

October 12, 2017

April Bloomfield’s Spotted Pig restaurant in the West Village of New York City doesn’t take reservations, and it’s packed from 5:30 on daily. One must-have order for every table is the chargrilled burger made from a combo of minced brisket, chuck, and rump (aka sirloin); with a dressing of Roquefort cheese, creme fraiche, garlic, vinegar […]

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Risotto with Sole and Champagne

October 6, 2017

My favorite cooking classes have been taught by Nadia Frigeri, amazing Italian chef and tourguide. I remember her saying she is happiest when stirring a pot of risotto; it calms and relaxes her. So when I was needing a little comfort food and had just brought home a lovely piece of filet of sole, I […]

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Tortilla Soup from Food and Wine Magazine

September 29, 2017

Lovely Pat was recovering from back surgery, and when I offered her a choice of soup deliveries, she pounced on this one. (Food a bit bland in the hospital?) I like this spicy and hearty version, full of chicken and avocado; but with the tortilla strips giving it a thickness and extra flavor. Living here […]

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Myra’s Maple-Almond Granola

September 21, 2017

Myra Goodman and her husband Drew founded Earthbound Farm in Northern California’s Carmel Valley in 1984. 30 years and 3 cookbooks later they are still living and working on their large organic farm, and this granola is a family favorite. Myra’s college years were spent in Vermont, where she fell in love with the local […]

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Nigel Slater’s Baked Fish with Parmesan Crumbs

September 15, 2017

This couldn’t be easier or more delicious. For people who are unsure about cooking fish, this is a perfect recipe! Chef Slater tops his flaky white fish with breadcrumbs mixed with butter and Parmesan cheese, and bakes for about 15 minutes. Viola! Restaurant quality fish dinner. 4 flounder fillets (2 pounds total) salt and freshly […]

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Greek Festival Lemon Chicken

September 7, 2017

Every June the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in San Diego holds a three day festival of wonderful food and dancing. Church members spend weeks preparing all kinds of Greek food and pastries, with volunteers working the grills to prepare this classic Lemon chicken, with garlic and oregano. It’s a simple marinade, but after grilling […]

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Tomato Gratin Lasagna

September 1, 2017

Another recipe that requires ripe summer tomatoes! I don’t think of lasagna as either light or summery, but this lovely dish is both. Layers of beefsteak heirlooms alternate with no-boil lasagna noodles and ricotta cheese mixed with garlic and basil. In about half an hour, you have a wonderful side dish or a vegetarian main […]

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Ina’s Summer Garden Pasta

August 26, 2017

What a fabulous almost no-cook dinner this is for a warm end-of-summer evening! The recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa At Home cookbook a decade ago, but Ina just posted it on her Instagram account and reminded all of her legions of fans this is what we should be making now! Four hours ahead, you […]

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Creole Shrimp And Creamed Corn

August 20, 2017

Looking for another way to use the wonderful summer corn? This is a fresh take on shrimp and grits, which I first tasted last year on a trip to Charleston. I thought it was so wonderful I ordered it for dinner two nights in a row. This recipe substitutes creamed corn for the grits, which […]

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