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Ottolenghi’s Lamb Kofte with Tahini Sauce and Pine Nuts

I’m not that familiar with Middle Eastern food, other than going to Layla’s Falafel, a local eatery where I live.  I’ve been bowled over with Chef Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Jerusalem, however, so I want to learn to make this delicious and fresh food at home.  I went and bought preserved lemons, sumac, and Greek yogurt, to []

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Lisa’s Crunchy Chicken Salad

My school recently did a cookbook, compiling favorite recipes from families.  Apparently, fried ramen noodle salads are all the rage, given all the ramen noodle-involved submissions in the cookbook. I have never had this type of salad before, but I guess I have been living in the dark ages. This salad is about contrasts: crispy []

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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Leave it to Kevin at Closet Cooking to come up with one of the best sandwiches ever.  If you don’t know his blog, today is your lucky day.  His food is off the hook. I had some leftover roast chicken, cooked Thomas Keller style, so I have been repurposing it in different dishes.  So far, []

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Asparagus & Ricotta Toasts

This appetizer is a huge hit in my friend Rachel’s house and a favorite appetizer for dinner parties. Elegant and colorful, yet easily made, it’s a lovely starter to a fun evening with friends. One bite of the crisp toast, lemony asparagus, and milky ricotta, and you’ll be hooked. Asparagus & Ricotta Toasts (from Food and []

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Ottolenghi’s Crushed Lentils with Tahini and Cumin

When I was a kid, we used to say, “I love it so much, I would marry it!” I would marry these lentils for sure. David Levowitz, whom I follow on and , posted the link to Yotam Ottolenghi’s lentil recipes in the Guardian.  I had just received Ottolenghi’s eponymous cookbook for Christmas, so I []

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Zucchini and Feta Patties with Tzatziki Sauce

Kouzina, a Greek cafe, opened in town, and I became friends with the owner, Brian.  Being a good businessman, he also brought me tidbits of food to try on the house.  Kolithokeftedes, or zucchini patties, landed on my table one day.  One bite and I was hooked. For Sunday football, I got a craving for []

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Spelt Crackers

For many of us, January equals weight loss, or an at least an attempt to shed the excesses of the holidays or the past year.  I am no different.  Inevitably I am on some “new” diet to detox myself of sugar, gluten, corn, soy, alcohol, caffeine should I go on? The fun part of []

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Leftover Maven: Steak and Cheese Wontons

My younger daughter is subject to cravings.  Two summers ago, when she was with her grandparents at their lakehouse, she had a craving for chicken tikka masala.  New Hampshire is great for lobster, clams, and haddock, but Indian food is not easy to find. I had to make it for her, along with naan bread. []

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Mardi Gras: Chicken and Andouille Sausage Casserole

On Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, I had a craving for shrimp ettoufee with its dark roux-based sauce gliding its way through white pearls of rice. Since my younger daughter doesn’t eat seafood, that was out. I decided to make a saucey casserole with chicken and andouille sausage instead.  I made a medium-dark roux, and []

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Crazy or Genius?: Matzoh Ball and Wonton Soup

Last fall, my friend Susan Bralower and I did a trade.  She taught me how to make matzo ball soup and her famous brisket, and I taught her how to make Asian scallion pancakes and Japanese dumplings. I was reminded of our fun cooking evening tonight as I was craving some warm soup to make []

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Grandma Joyce’s Apple Cake

Since we have had an unnaturally warm winter this year, it feels like we are a month ahead of schedule. The crocuses and daffodils are already stretching their green shoots out of the ground, and the light is bright and clear in the morning. It shines through the windows, beckoning us out of bed to []

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Rewind: Beef Brisket on the Big Green Egg

I haven’t posted much this year, but I have an excuse.  Earlier this year I reconnected with some friends from rec.food.cooking, a Usenet group in which I was heavily involved in the early- to mid-1990s. They are now on — RFC on — so it is just SO easy to spend time there []

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Koulourakia

My brother-in-law and family came back to the United States to visit after four years of being away.  They live in Guam, which is halfway around the world from us. My sister-in-law, Liz, is Greek, so my younger daughter and I made her some koulourakia.  Koulorakia are lightly sweetened cookies or biscuits — they seem []

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Rogan Josh

   After a summer of salads and grilled meats, I wanted something soul-satisfying and deeply flavored. “Rogan josh,” my brain whispered. I am not an expert in Indian food — check out Chef Prasad if you want the real deal — but I have had friends teach me the technique of frying spices in oil, []

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Eggs Benedict

This post is for Sandy Norelli, who was kind enough to write on my blog that she was glad I was back after a writing hiatus.  It’s nice to know someone noticed I was gone. Why did I stop writing?  It boils down to this: Picture from here. A birthday present from my husband, the []

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