Polenta with Pan Roasted Porcini, Tomato Confit and Chevre – Recipe

Fresh porcini are one of nature's great treats. They are rather expensive unless you know how to forage for them, which I swear I'm going to learn someday … maybe from Langdon.

In the meantime, when I get my hands on a few porcini I like to feature them prominently in a dish. It seems a …

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Braised Fennel – Recipe

Braising is something of a lost art, which is a shame because it isn’t at all difficult to do. Learn a couple of basic moves and you’ll be rewarded with a succulent, richly flavored, rustic dish that will have you and your guests mopping up every last bit of sauce.

A proper braise is composed of …

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Saffron Risotto with Watercress Puree and Spring Vegetables – Recipe

Saffron Risotto with Watercress Puree and Spring Vegetables

Risotto is one of my favorite ways to highlight Spring ingredients. This is a version of a recipe I’m serving to a big group for Washington Green Schools this week. Depending on what ends up being fresh, I’ll probably do the puree with nettles instead of watercress, and top it with fava beans and hedgehog …

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Was Your Chocolate Made with Child Slave Labor?

There are questions I wish I didn't have to ask myself.

One of them arrived in my inbox yesterday, from Rachel Nussbaum, the rabbi of Kavana, a Jewish cooperative community that our family belongs to. Social justice is an important part of Kavana's mission, and the group that focuses on it has been learning about slavery and …

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Strata with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Smoked Mozzarella – Recipe

Strata: a baked egg dish filled with cubes of bread and whatever awesomeness you can muster. I.e. it has all of the appeal of a quiche, but without the slight hassle of pie crust. Also, the starch from the bread tends to stabilize the custard, so you have a somewhat wider safety margin between unset …

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Thick and Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe

Everyone has an opinion about chocolate chip cookies. I like mine cakey and tender, but browned enough to develop some flavor. I'm not a fan of cookies that spread out and get crispy all the way through, and I don't particularly like walnuts in them. I want tasty dark chocolate, and a perceptible level of …

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Scallion Curd Rice – Recipe

Curd rice is an Indian dish of basmati rice flavored with tangy yogurt, often seasoned with chilis, mustard seeds and curry leaves or cilantro. It is typically served at the end of multi-course South Indian meals, but in my context I'm happy to have it as a side dish with some dal, curry and Indian …

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