Summer Squash and Herb Gratin

July 21, 2014
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The most obvious solution to the “problem” of those oversized, seed-filled summer squash is to make a gratin. When you slice those massive squash as thinly as possible, blanket them in something creamy, and top the pile with something crunchy, the so-called problem is a problem no more. However, gratins cause a problem of their […]

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July 16, 2014
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This is the most glamorous thing to do with the half-bag of stale tortilla chips languishing at the bottom of your snack drawer. (Come clean: it’s there.) Instead of throwing them away — or, as I do, letting them sit there getting even more stale until not even the greatest of hunger pangs can motivate […]

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Ranchera Sauce

July 14, 2014
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My usual version of enchiladas starts with a glance in an empty fridge, a brief utterance of four-letter words, a recollection that the pantry has both a jar of salsa and a jar of tomato sauce, and a dash to the corner bodega for corn tortillas. It’s not glamorous, but it gets the job done. […]

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Perfect Asian Quick-Pickles

July 9, 2014
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There are times when I get home from work, drop my bag, open the fridge, and dinner just jumps out at me. I see the garlic scapes on the middle shelf, the tomatoes on the counter, some good ricotta lurking in the back, and it’s done: summer pasta. But other times, despite what others surely […]

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Ina Garten’s Sagaponack Corn Pudding

July 3, 2014
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The experts report that corn pudding is a specific thing. Before angering the purists with this hacked-up version, I figured I’d look into what the original actually is. After an earnest attempt to track down true corn pudding, I’m here to report – somewhat cheerily? – that Google is so full of riffs and adaptations, […]

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Sweet Cherry Rhubarb Crumble

June 30, 2014
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This site’s been down on and off for the last week or so, due to technical problems that definitely are over my head in terms of complexity. But you know me, I tried to fix them anyway. After one full day of head cold-induced stupor and a second, semi-conscious day of tinkering around, I seem […]

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My Favorite Gazpacho

June 23, 2014
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I was poking around on Food52 the other day and came across a recipe for Mama’s Summer Gazpacho, from one of my favorite early participants in the site. The headnote above the recipe was equal parts loving ode and adamant defense: “Purists may question this recipe’s lack of bread, or the use of tomato juice, […]

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Black Pepper Biscuit Strawberry Shortcakes

June 9, 2014
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First things first: you guys? You’re the best. Your excitement and support and nuggets of wisdom from when I shared our news were exactly what I needed. Thank you. It’s really been a wild ride so far, and I know we’ve only just begun. I’m toeing a thin line between total, rock-hard pragmatism and instinctive, […]

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