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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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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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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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12
Nov

CHICKEN SALAD

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I LOVE CHICKEN SALAD.  USUALLY, I STRIP THE MEAT FROM WHAT’S LEFT OF A LEFTOVER ROAST CHICKEN, BECAUSE I LIKE THE MIX OF WHITE AND DARK MEAT. THIS TIME, HOWEVER, I HAD AN EXTRA CHICKEN BREAST ON HAND, SO I PAN-COOKED IT WITH A LITTLE GARLIC AND THYME BEFORE CUTTING IT UP FOR THE SALAD.

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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
Feb

SMOKED TROUT AND ENDIVE SALAD

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THIS IS A LOVELY FIRST COURSE. OR, ON A WARM DAY, YOU MIGHT DOUBLE THE RECIPE AND SERVE IT FOR LUNCH WITH A CRUSTY BAGUETTE. SMOKED TROUT, WHICH IS AVAILABLE IN MOST GOOD SUPERMARKETS, HAS A SUBTLE, SAVORY FLAVOR AND A FIRM TEXTURE.

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25
Jun

SHRIMP SALAD “LA TULIPE”

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LA TULIPE WAS THE LOVE CHILD OF SALLY AND JOHN DARR, WHO OPENED THEIR RESTAURANT IN 1979  AT 104 WEST 13th STREET IN MANHATTAN.  JOHN HAD BEEN THE HEAD OF THE LOWER SCHOOL AT BROOKLYN FRIENDS.  SALLY, A GIFTED AMATEUR COOK, RAN THE TEST KITCHEN AT GOURMET MAGAZINE.  THE BISTRO WAS COZY; THE FRENCH DISHES, LIGHT AND […]

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13
Jun

LEAF LETTUCES WITH CHEVRE DRESSING

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WHEN YOU APPROACH THE GARDEN OF CHU ON THE NW CORNER OF IVAR AND HOLLYWOOD BLVD IN THE SUNDAY FARMERS MARKET, YOU MIGHT THINK AT FIRST IT’S A FLOWER SHOP, SO METICULOUSLY DISPLAYED ARE THE LETTUCES.

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20
Apr

CAESAR SALAD

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THE ROMAINE LETTUCES AT GARDEN OF CHU WERE A FOOT LONG, FADING FROM PALE GREEN TO SUNSHINE YELLOW.  SOPHIE LOVES CAESAR SALAD, SO HOW COULD I RESIST?  BUT RATHER THAN THE USUAL ANCHOVY, GARLIC AND EGG YOLK, I WANTED SOMETHING CREAMIER, MORE DECADENT FOR THESE PRISTINE LETTUCES.  SO I COMBINED GRATED PARMESAN WITH A BIT […]

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