Monthly archives of “October 2010

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Tuscan Kale “Caesar” Salad

I have a cook’s confession to make: I don’t really like small, salty, oily fish, particularly when there are a lot of little bones to contend with. Mackerel has always made me feel slightly ill. Herring, sardines, or any other fish needing to be either… Read More

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White Bean and Tuscan Kale Soup

Argh! What to make for dinner when you have nothing in the fridge except for a bunch of Tuscan kale? After scouring the cupboards, I came up with a lone, forgotten can of cannellini beans. Immediately I thought of a thick white bean and kale… Read More

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Macaroni and Cheese

Home for the holidays a few years ago, I decided to make macaroni and cheese from scratch: roux, béchamel, freshly-grated nutmeg, 5 kinds of cheeses (smoked and unsmoked), 3 different pasta shapes, bread crumbs, the whole shebang. The reception? After poking the golden pile and… Read More

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

In general, the restaurants that are nearest and dearest to my heart are the one’s that are the least complicated. Just straightforward, quality food. Beautifully sourced and expertly prepared. No foams, no fuss. For this reason, I have always been a big fan of Frankies Spuntino.… Read More

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Penne with Roasted Chicken and Parsley

I have never liked the term “leftovers.” To me, “leftovers” imply scraps. Superfluous remnants, really. Unwanted and unused remainders. Surplus. But what remains after one dinner can be the start of the glorious next — sometimes a meal even more treasured than the former. This… Read More

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The Elvis

When friends decided to recreate a State Fair Extravaganza in their Brooklyn backyard, we had to go. Duck ponds, ring tosses, freak shooting, and prize-winning festivities abounded. In the great tradition of all state fairs, there was also a cooking competition. Was I in it… Read More

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