Italian Plum Upside Down Cake – Recipe

Italian Plum Upside-Down Cake

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I‘m a an absolute sucker for Italian plums, to the point of being a bit heartbroken that my incredibly generous neighbors’ tree seems not to have fruited this year. Picking them warm off her tree is a highlight of …

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The Secret to Perfectly Roasted Green Beans – Recipe

Perfect Pan-Roasted Green Beans

The problem with roasted green beans, whether you do them in the oven or in a hot skillet, is to get those beautiful, caramelized brown spots on the surface of most of the beans without either over- or under-cooking the insides. Run the heat too high and you’ll burn the outside before the inside is …

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Fried Pita Bread with Fava Beans and Zucchini – Recipe

Fried Pita Bread with Fava Beans and Zucchini

Good pita bread (usually from Basson Bakery) is a staple in our house, which sometimes means we end up with a few stale loaves. I’ve gotten in the habit of tearing them into bite sized pieces, fry-toasting them in olive oil, then garnishing them with whatever is to hand for one of those late night …

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Recipe: Grilled Eggplant And Shiitake Bruschetta

Grilled Eggplant And Shiitake Bruschetta

I cannot tell a lie. This was a totally failed experiment, but a yummy bite of food.

Experiment first: I’ve been interested for awhile in the idea of using the microwave to glaze a plate with sauce. The way I’ve tried it, I put maybe a tablespoon of a fairly thin sauce …

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Mission Chinese Food-Style Tofu with Radish and Shiso – Recipe

Mission Chinese Style Tofu with Radish and Shiso

When my wife and I were in New York for the James Beard awards a few months ago, we were wandering around the Lower East Side, and I was hungry (as usual). We turned a corner, and I spotted Mission Chinese Food’s New York outpost and I knew my life was about to get a …

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Baby Zucchini and Blossoms with Sofrito – Recipe

Baby Zucchini with Sofrito

Every gardener loves to lament that they get overrun with zucchini and have to resort to baking too much zucchini bread or, worse, ringing the doorbell, dashing and leaving them on people’s doorsteps. Well, let me tell you: you’re doing it wrong.

The way to avoid being overrun with zucchini is pick them when they are …

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Whole Bean Ful Medames – With Fava Beans or Marrowfat Peas – Recipe

Whole Bean Ful Medames

Ful medames is sort of the national breakfast of Egpyt, though it has spread far and wide from there. I’ve published an Ethiopian version before. I’ve never been to Egypt, but it sounds like the most common kind there is at least partially mashed. The one I’m showing you today is more reminiscent of the …

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