Watermelon and Sweet Onion Gazpacho – Recipe

You've probably had a tomato and watermelon salad. That combination seems to be all the rage now, and it emphasizes the fact that tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable. So why not go the other direction, and put watermelon to work in a soup that is traditionally made with tomatoes?

Like regular gazpacho, this is …

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Tomato Sushi – Yes, That’s Vegetarian – Recipe

Depending on where you live, great tomatoes are probably coming online right about now. Once you have gorged yourself on an indecent quantity dressed with nothing but olive oil and salt, and the requisite insalata caprese, maybe you’ll be ready to think about manipulating them just a bit more.

One of my favorite games in the …

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Strawberry “Shortcake” with Cornbread and Tarragon Whipped Cream – Recipe

I don't allow as how I've actually experienced summer if there hasn't been a huge bowl of strawberry shortcake to sanctify it. Generally I make it with big, flaky biscuits, but for some reason this year it crossed my mind to try it with cornbread instead. Corn and strawberries go really well together, and they …

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Hongos en Escabeche – Mushrooms Sauteed with Sherry Vinegar – Recipe

I love the chewy texture of mushrooms when they are left in bite-sized chunks, rather than thinly sliced. There is a nice contrast between the browned, flavorful crust and the juicy interior.

These mildly-vinegared mushrooms are versatile and easy. I was serving them with a Mexican meal, so I garnished them with cilantro, but you could …

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Sicilian Spaghetti with Pan-Roasted Cauliflower – Recipe from My Cookbook

Sicilian Spaghetti with Pan Roasted Cauliflower

The classic Sicilian flavors in this dish (orange zest, raisins, capers, pine nuts, chile flakes and fennel) might sound a little outlandish if you haven’t tasted them all together. Don’t be deterred, the combination is astonishingly good. Done properly, each bite is a little surprise that might be sweet, spicy, salty, toasty, herbaceous or all …

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Smoked Pineapple and Tomatillo Salsa – Recipe

NOTE: I no longer recommend jury-rigged stovetop smoking. I’ve since learned that creating smoke in a low-oxygen sealed environment like this creates unnecessarily high levels of carcinogens. See my Smoked Tofu Buns recipe for a safer alternative if you don’t have your own method of smoking.

You might notice I’ve been on a bit of a …

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Vegetarian Frijoles Charros – Mexican Cowboy Beans with Smoked Onion – Recipe

are a classic way of serving beans in Mexico. Unlike refried beans, the pinto beans are served whole, in a broth redolent of smoke and tomato. Traditionally, that smoke flavor comes from bacon.

NOTE: I no longer recommend jury-rigged stovetop smoking. I’ve since learned that creating smoke in a low-oxygen sealed environment like this creates unnecessarily …

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