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15
Sep

MELON AND PROSCUITTO SALAD

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I WOULD HAVE POSTED THIS LAST WEEK, BUT FORGOT TO PHOTOGRAPH IT. LAST WEEK’S GUESTS WERE SO PLEASED WITH THE SALAD, HOWEVER, THAT I MADE IT AGAIN LAST NIGHT WITH SOME MINOR FINE-TUNING AND A DIFFERENT COMBINATION OF MELONS. THE PLEASURE OF THIS SALAD COMES, OF COURSE, FROM THE MELONS. THANKS TO GLOBAL WARMING MELONS […]

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27
Aug

CHINESE SPARE RIBS

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YES, THESE ARE AS GOOD AS THEY LOOK. AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE A GRILL. EXCEPT FOR A FEW MINOR CHANGES, THIS IS 95% JULIA MOSKIN’S RECIPE FROM THE NY TIMES. YOU MARINATE THE RIBS IN HOISIN SAUCE, GARLIC, SOY SAUCE AND OTHER SEASONINGS. THE NEXT DAY (OR FOUR HOURS LATER) YOU STEAM THEM SLOWLY […]

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04
Jul

MORELS À LA CRÊME

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MORELS, LIKE MOST WILD MUSHROOMS, ARE SEASONAL, DELICIOUS, AND EXPENSIVE, SELLING FOR $65 A POUND IN THE HOLLYWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET. SO WHEN THEY TURNED UP ON FOOD 52 FOR $35 A POUND, WHAT COULD I DO?  I MEAN WHO CAN RESIST A BARGAIN?  I LOOKED UP SEVERAL RECIPES AND THE MOST APPEALING WAS ONE BY […]

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21
Jun

LITTLE GEMS WITH APRICOTS AND FETA

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STONE FRUIT HAVE HIT THE FARMERS’ MARKETS, THE FIRST SIGN OF SUMMER.  STANDS ARE PILED HIGH WITH YELLOW PEACHES, WHITE NECTARINES AND APRICOTS.  ANY OF THEM WILL GO NICELY IN THIS SALAD, THEIR SWEETNESS OFFSET BY THE SALTY BITE OF FETA.

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11
Jun

BOUILLABAISSE PASTA

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I’M CALLING THIS RECIPE BOUILLABAISSE PASTA BECAUSE IT CONTAINS FENNEL, GARLIC, SAFFRON, AND TOMATOES — THE FLAVOR PROFILE OF CLASSIC BOUILLABAISSE. IT’S A BIT COMPLICATED, SO HAVE YOUR MIS-EN-PLACE, EN PLACE, AND THE STEPS CLEAR IN YOUR MIND BEFORE YOU GET ROLLING. YOU WILL BE REWARDED WITH A SEAFOOD PASTA WHICH IS BOTH RUSTIC AND […]

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01
May

SHRIMP WITH MUSHROOMS AND POTATOES

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THE PRINCIPAL COMPONENTS OF THIS DISH — SHRIMP, POTATOES AND MUSHROOMS — ARE COOKED SUCCESSIVELY IN THE SAME PAN.  I USED WELL-SEASONED CAST IRON, BUT YOU CAN PREPARE IT IN ANY LARGE SAUTÉ PAN.  THE POTATOES AND MUSHROOMS GIVE THE DISH A HOMEY FEEL; THE ONIONS, A SWEET MOISTURE.  THESE HUMBLE INGREDIENTS ALLOW THE SHRIMP […]

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16
Apr

CHICKEN WITH CIPOLLINI

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CIPOLLINI ARE LITTLE ITALIN ONIONS. THEY ARE NOT VERY DIFFERENT FROM LITTLE AMERICAN ONIONS, EXCEPT THEY ARE FLATTER IN SHAPE AND HAVE A MORE WOODSY TASTE. HERE, THEY ARE PEELED, THEN BROWNED IN FAT FROM THE PANCETTA AND CHICKEN. ADD A CUP OF WHITE WINE, POP IN THE OVEN FOR A FEW MORE MINUTES AND […]

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06
Apr

SUGAR SNAP PEAS

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NOTHING REMINDS ME MORE OF SPRING THAN SUGAR SNAP PEAS.  THEIR GREEN, BRIGHT FLAVOR STANDS ALONE, SO I TRY AND STAY OUT OF THEIR WAY, COOKING THEM BRIEFLY IN WATER AND BUTTER, THEN TOSSING THEM WITH BARELY SAUTÉED GREEN ONIONS OR, EVEN BETTER, GREEN GARLIC AND FRESH HERBS.  IN THIS CASE, TARRAGON. Click here to […]

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06
Apr

PAN-SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

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YOU CAN STEAM BRUSSELS SPROUTS, ROAST THEM, DEEP FRY THEM, SERVE THEM RAW AS A CAESAR SALAD, AND, IN THIS CASE, SEAR THEM IN A PAN, THEN ADD WATER AND A DASH OF LEMON JUICE AND COOK TILL THEY ARE TENDER. THE NICE THING ABOUT THIS RECIPE IS THAT SEARING THEM, EVEN CHARRING A FEW, […]

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23
Mar

GRILLED TUNA WITH ARUGULA AND AIOLI

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WINTER WON’T LAST FOREVER.  THE SNOW WILL MELT ON THE EAST COAST AND THE RAINS WILL CEASE ON THE WEST.  SALADS, GRILLED MEAT AND FISH WILL REPLACE SOUPS AND STEWS. THIS IS DEFINITELY A SPRING/SUMMER DISH, ALTHOUGH IN L.A. SEASONAL DISTINCTIONS DON’T COUNT FOR MUCH. THE SECRET TO GRILLING OR PAN-COOKING TUNA IS TO FREEZE […]

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