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Quick Marinated Feta with Orange, Mint and Aleppo Pepper – Recipe

Quick Marinated Feta

Here’s about as easy an appetizer as you could want for a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean meal or cocktail party spread.  We’ll just make a quick marinade of good olive oil with garlic, Aleppo pepper, orange zest and fresh mint, pour it over the top of a block of feta cheese and serve it forth …

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Crispy Yuba (Tofu Skin) Rolls – Recipe

Crispy Yuba Rolls

Yuba is a thin skin of tofu that is a byproduct of making soymilk. It is pulled in sheets off the top of the pot of boiling soymilk, much like the skin that forms on a pot of simmering cow’s milk. It can be made at home, but I’ve never tried. I buy mine from …

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Persimmon Carpaccio with Fennel Salad – Recipe

Persimmon Carpaccio with Fennel Salad and Pepitas

Persimmons are in season right now, and I love them. For those of you not intimately familiar with this fruit, the most important thing to know is that there are two general types: fuyu persimmons (which I use in this salad) are short and squat, resembling an orange tomato. They are eaten while still firm.

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Crostini with Young Pecorino, Grilled Figs, and Arugula & Mint Pesto – Recipe

I just finished making the very-last-last-last-really-no-more edits to the cookbook. We got page proofs back, and there was a small window to make tweaks before it goes to press.

A deadline like that has a way of focusing the mind! I want to make absolutely sure that every recipe in the book is as good as …

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Carrot Love

We caught these romantic carrots in the act at Cafe Flora. I’m heartbroken to report that they were tragically separated and served with Portabella Wellingtons. Kind of a Romeo and Juliet story for the vegetable kingdom. Their love was never to be, but at least they had a last few minutes together on the prep …

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Lightly Cooked Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta – Recipe

This bruschetta is the epitome of carefree cooking, made almost entirely by gathering good ingredients. Ripe, organic cherry tomatoes (maybe from your backyard?), ricotta (Calabro?), a bit of good olive oil, garlic and fresh basil. A nice artisan pain au levain brings chew and flavor to the party.

Generally I would do a bruschetta like this …

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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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