Shakshouka (2 of 2)

Shakshouka

I don’t know when I first discovered shakshouka but I know when I first fell in love with it. It was in Israel, in Tel Aviv, in a weird ramshakle restaurant that everyone knew about. If you ask someone who has eaten shakshouka in Tel Aviv where they had it, most likely the answer will…

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Vegetable Pot Pie (4 of 6)

Vegetable Pot Pie

When Jeff and I first started dating I was a vegetarian and we were both in college. Separate colleges so our ‘dates’ generally lasted for a whole weekend. We went out to eat a fair amount during those visits but we also cooked together in small and poorly equipped kitchens. It was a lesson in…

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Sweet Potato Casserole (6 of 9)

Gratin into Casserole – Shortening Recipes

My mom has a rule about recipes: the list of cooking directions have to be less than a page long. If it doesn’t meet that primary requirement, the recipe it out. All the better if that page doesn’t start halfway down one side and finish on another – those recipes are suspect. Partly it’s because…

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Green Chili (6 of 7)

Green Chili

Some recipes just don’t work out. This is especially true when the recipe is one you are making up on the spot, cobbling together from multiple sources. Sometimes it’s a total flop, the kind that can only be dumped in the garbage before ordering takeout. Too much salt, ingredients-gone-bad, poorly calibrated baking experiments. But most…

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Huevos Rancheros (1 of 6)

Huevos Rancheros

The same weekend that I spent making quiche for a large group, my friend Jesse was in charge of the second day of breakfast. I obsessively planned, spent an afternoon prepping, and basically hovered over the task of breakfast. Jesse arrived with several bags of ingredients and a basic plan: breakfast would be huevos rancheros….

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Caesar Piadina (7 of 10)

Caesar Piadina

The chain restaurant I worked at in high school had a secret menu. It wasn’t like the In-N-Out secret menu which everyone kind of knows about. We didn’t publicize it or even publish it anywhere. But if you wanted an “old” menu item, it was probably still on our point-of-sale software and we could get…

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Corned Beef Hash (8 of 11)

Corned Beef Hash

I don’t have much experience with green beer. This despite the fact that my home state of Massachusetts is also home to many Irish-Americans who celebrate their heritage proudly. This inexperience with Irish foods also extends to soda breads, potato and cabbage dishes, and Irish stew. In fact, the only Irish food I really know…

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Chicken Pot Pie (7 of 8)

Chicken Pot Pie

There is a weird food holiday pretty much every day of the year if you pay attention to those sorts of things. Which, to be honest, I do only about half of the time. There’s a margarita day, a watermelon day, even a day in honor of creamsicles. But, as I believe we established here…

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Quiche (10 of 10)

Quiche

When you’re asked to make brunch for a crowd, obviously what you need is something that looks good but that doesn’t require a lot of work early in the morning. Something golden-brown and easy to adapt that doesn’t chain you to the stove while you make it to order. Something that can be made ahead….

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Unstuffed Cabbage (5 of 7)

Unstuffed Cabbage

There is something wonderfully comforting about intricately handmade food. Steaming bowls of hand-formed dumplings, bowls of fat homemade tortellini, lemony-bright hand-stuffed grape leaves. The kind of food you only make on holidays or those special occasions when you can spend a whole day in the kitchen painstakingly rolling every piece. And then all the other…

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