Crispy, Garlicky Smashed Potatoes with Gremolata – Recipe

A whole head of garlic.

This is one of those recipes you can become famous for with your friends and family. It is very easy to make, you just have to have the nerve to use a whole head of fresh garlic and plenty of good olive oil, and the patience to roast the potatoes until …

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Sephardic-Style Breaded Cauliflower in Lemony Tomato Sauce – Recipe

As I've mentioned before, I'm lucky enough to have married into a family of excellent cooks from the Sephardic Jewish tradition. This is another terrific dish I learned from Noni Sophie, my wife's grandmother. 

It might sound crazy to bread something, fry it until it is crispy, and then "ruin" that crispiness by soaking it in …

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Cucumber and Mango Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing – Recipe

We always have Thai sweet chili sauce around the house. It is more sweet and tangy than spicy, but with just enough kick to add some interest. Sure, you could make it yourself, but the beauty is in having it in your refrigerator for those moments when you need to turn some basic ingredients into dinner …

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No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream – Experimental Recipe

I love my ice cream maker, but we have a problem. It is the type that doesn't have its own cooling system. Instead, you have to pre-freeze the bowl for 24 hours. I just don't have enough room to keep it in the freezer all the time, so in order to use it, I have …

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Three Ways to Boost Your Confidence in the Kitchen

I’ve been cooking pretty seriously for 25 years now, and in the process I’ve had the opportunity to watch lots of other people in the kitchen. I’ve learned something from everyone I’ve ever cooked with, and also noticed certain patterns. The folks that are confident enough to relax and have fun in the kitchen have …

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Cucumber, Radish and Cilantro Raita – Recipe

Cucumber-Radish Raita

Raita is a simple yogurt-based sauce that can be served with almost any Indian meal. It makes a cooling condiment when a curry gets a little too spicy, but the real beauty is when it is mixed with basmati rice. I find that combination so tasty that I will often skip dessert to make …

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Young Coconut Salad – Recipe

Young coconuts are very different from the mature brown-husked specimens you may be familiar with. The edible interior flesh is tender, thin and custard-like, with the purest coconut flavor imaginable. Seek them out at Asian markets or in health-food stores that cater to raw foodists. Keep young coconuts refrigerated until just before serving.

I’m not generally a …

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