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Seared Watermelon with Flavors of Summer – Yes, That’s Vegetarian – Recipe

A few days ago I was surfing my RSS reader for a few minutes before bed, when this post from Alex and Aki hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve seen compressed watermelon before, but I don’t think I’ve ever given any thought to searing it. Genius. I had to try this immediately, and fortunately …

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Warm Grapes, Toasted Pita Bread and Ricotta Salata – Recipe

I’m not sure whether to describe this dish as a salad, an appetizer, or a side dish. Whatever you call it, the combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and juicy, herbaceous and spicy is exciting and a little unusual. You could serve this as part of a meze, or an accompaniment to anything grilled in …

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Two Great Mexican Cookbooks

How about a Avocado-Mango Salad with Fresh (or Blue) Cheese and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, does that sound any good?!? I’ve been aware of Rick Bayless for awhile as he often makes appearances on Food Network or gets mentioned in Food & Wine. But somehow I didn’t have any of his books on my shelf. I …

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Cold Carrot Soup – Recipe

You’ve probably heard that Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, the CEO of Intellectual Ventures and former CTO of Microsoft, along with Chris Young, Maxime Billet, and a cast of dozens, is publishing the most anticipated cookbook since Apicius. (If not, here is the background.)

I’ve had the great good fortune to hear Dr. Myhrvold speak about the book …

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Crostini with Truffled Cheese, Lentils Du Puy and Apples – Recipe

This was the first course of a little dinner party I threw together for some friends a few weeks ago. It is really easy to make, and you could easily prepare the lentils the day before and then just warm them up when you are ready to serve. The apples provide a sweet, fresh counterpoint …

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A Funny Little Cheese Course – Recipe

This was just pure play. I wanted to see if I could do a cheese course that would look like cheesecake, but not be particularly sweet. I landed on a Laura Chenel chevre with a little salty crust and strawberry granita.

A cheese course, like an amuse bouche or a tapa is an opportunity to be …

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Savory Chickpea Cakes – Recipe

These little chickpea cakes are versatile; you can serve them as an appetizer, a side dish on an entree plate, or as the protein-packed star of the show. They are somewhat like a pan-fried falafel, but without the benefit of a deep-fried crust, so we amp up the internal flavoring. Try them with this …

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