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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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Peach and Sour Cream Buckle – Recipe

Maybe someday you'll be on vacation.

And on the hot, hot days, every farm stand and farmer's market and U-Pick and roadside honor box will be packed with peaches, peaches so fragrant and ripe and sweet that they would melt into jam if you looked at them cross-eyed.

And after you've eaten as many Early Havens, Red …

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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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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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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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