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15
Aug

PASTA WITH ZUCCHINI, LEMON AND MINT

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USUALLY WHEN I COOK ZUCCHINI FOR PASTA, I BROWN IT IN OLIVE OIL, ADD GARLIC AND CHERRY TOMATOES AND TOSS IT WITH THE PASTA. HERE, THIN RIBBONS OF ZUCCHINI ARE MORE RAW THAN COOKED, TOSSED IN BUTTER, OLIVE OIL AND LEMON.

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06
Aug

BEER BRAISED COUNTRY STYLE PORK RIBS

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I SPOTTED A CUT IN THE BUTCHER’S CASE LABELLED “COUNTRY STYLE BONELESS PORK RIBS”.  THEY WERE THICK AND MEATY WITH LITTLE FAT BUT PLENTY OF CONNECTIVE TISSUE; AN IDEAL BRAISING CUT.

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22
Jul

FRENCH POTATO SALAD

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EVERYBODY’S GOT A RECIPE FOR POTATO SALAD.  SOME LIKE IT MIXED WITH MAYONNAISE OR TOSSED WITH ONIONS, RELISH OR CHOPPED PICKLES.  MY FAVORITE IS FRENCH POTATO SALAD OR A VERSION THEREOF.  NO MATTER THE VARIATION, THE ONE COMMON TECHNIQUE IS TO COOL OFF THE BOILED POTATO SLICES WITH COLD WHITE WINE, WHICH IS ABSORBED, LENDING […]

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22
Jul

PURSLANE SALAD

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PURSLANE HAS GREY-GREEN, TEAR-SHAPED, SUCCULENT LEAVES, WHICH ARE CRUNCHY TO THE BITE, RELEASING A PLEASANTLY SOUR JUICE.  THEY ARE COMMON IN ARMENIAN AND LEBANESE RESTAURANTS, FOUND ALWAYS IN FATTOUSH SALAD.  I COMBINED THEM WITH OTHER MEDITERRANEAN INGREDIENTS — NICOISE OLIVES, FETA, TOMATOES, BASIL, FRESH MINT, AND PERSIAN CUCUMBERS.  RED ONION IS MACERATED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE […]

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01
Jul

COD WITH MANILA CLAMS

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MANILA CLAMS ARE AMERICA’S ANSWER TO VONGOLE, THOSE SWEET LITTLE CLAMS YOU FIND ALL OVER ITALY AND MAKE SPAGHETTI ALLA VONGOLE SO ENTICING. YOU CAN MAKE THE DISH WITH ANY SMALL MOLUSK, INCLUDING CHERRYSTONES OR MUSSELS.

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14
Jun

PORK BELLY WITH FENNEL AND LEEKS

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PORK BELLY IS WHAT BACON IS BEFORE IT IS CURED.  IF ALL THAT FAT SEENS DAUNTING, YOU’LL BE SURPRISED HOW MUCH OF IT MELTS OFF IN THE COOKING, LEAVING A RICH AND SUCCULENT SQUARE OF PORK. BRAISED WITH FENNEL, LEEKS AND FEW STAR ANISE FOR SEASONING, PORK BELLY IS NOTHING SHORT OF DELICIOUS.  SERVE WITH […]

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03
Jun

STEAMED HALIBUT WITH SAFFRON BUERRE BLANC

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HALIBUT IS NOT MY FAVORITE FISH. IT HAS A MILD TASTE AND IF NOT COOKED PERFECTLY, ITS RATHER DENSE FLESH TURNS TOUGH AND DRY. I’VE TRIED COOKING HALIBUT SLOWLY IN OLIVE OIL OR MELTED BUTTER. SOMETIMES I GET IT RIGHT, BUT OFTEN I DON’T.

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20
May

SWORDFISH SICILIANA

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IN THE OUTDOOR MARKET IN SIRACUSA, SILVER SARDINES, RED MULLET, TUNA, BRANZINO, VONGOLE, MUSSELS, AND ALL KINDS OF PRAWNS GLITTER ON A BED OF SHAVED ICE.  A FISHMONGER WITH ARMS LIKE TREE LIMBS SHOUTS OUT, “SPADA!  SPADA!” AND USING A FOOTLONG STAINLESS STEEL CLEAVER SLICES SEVEN PERFECT STEAKS.

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29
Mar

COD WITH RADICCHIO AND SMASHED POTATOES

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ALTHOUGH RADICCHIO NEVER SEEMS TO GO OUT OF SEASON, IN ADDITION TO THE FAMILIAR RADICCHIO DI VERONA, WHICH RESEMBLES A SMALL RED CABBAGE, TREVISO WITH ITS TAPERING GREEN STEMS AND GREEN AND RED LEAVES IS ALSO AVAILABLE. I LIKE THEM BOTH.  RADICCHIO WITH ITS CRUNCH AND BITTER BITE IS A NATURAL FOR SALADS, BUT IT IS […]

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20
Mar

CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

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MY FATHER, WHOSE DOCTOR’S OFFICE WAS ON FIFTH AVENUE, WOULD PRAY FOR RAIN ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY.  OUR GENERATION HAS A MORE BENIGN ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE IRISH.  SO FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER WITH TWO GUESTS OF IRISH EXTRACTION AT OUR TABLE, MY WIFE, WHOSE FAMILY MADE CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE FOR THANKSGIVING, URGED ME […]

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