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Madeleines With Munchkins – Baking With Children

Madeleine cookies – or really, teacakes

My goal for this post is to write about madeleines without mentioning Proust (again).

Mini-me is obsessed with those little packets of three madeleines sold at the Starbucks’ register, so I asked if she’d like to make them at home some day. Of course the answer was yes. Remembering that Heidi …

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Rings Of Saturn On Challah French Toast

“Rings of Saturn” – Saturn peach with French Toast

I recently learned that donut peaches and Saturn peaches are the same thing. I picked up some beautiful specimens at Central Market the other day, perfectly ripe and sweet. They lack the acid backbone of most other varieties. Pure, addictive, three-bite candy.

Of course those names got me …

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Summer Vegetarian Antipasto From Leftovers, Odds & Ends

Non-traditional vegetarian antipasto

Is it hot in your house? Don’t feel like cooking? How about a non-traditional, vegetarian antipasto for dinner?

There is something so gracious and gratifying about a big generous platter of the good things from your refrigerator and cabinet, preferably served outdoors with a glass of wine or a cold one.

I can’t explain …

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Summer Risotto With Corn And Zucchini – Recipe

Summery risotto with corn, zucchini, and tomato oil

One of the great things about risotto is that it is a blank canvas on which you can paint the produce of any place and season.  Restaurants tend to make the same stereotyped combinations over and over again, but don't let that limit your options!

I needed a light …

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Insalata Caprese With Heirloom Tomatoes – The Greatest Salad Of All – Recipe

Insalata caprese with Purple Cherokee heirloom tomatoes

All year I look forward to the brief period when the tomatoes are good enough to eat insalata caprese several times a week.

Because it is made with only 5 ingredients, and you don’t cook them, the greatness is completely determined by their quality. This calls for the finest, …

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Pasta With Eggplant And Fresh Tomatoes – Recipe

Pasta with eggplant and fresh tomatoes, in homage to Norma

Yep, it is summer and the whole deal is to do as little to the beautiful ingredients as possible. This dish is kind of a reinterpreted Pasta alla Norma, a classic Sicilian dish. By reinterpreted I mean: I didn’t have ricotta salata, and I wanted to …

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Polenta with Pan Roasted Porcini, Tomato Confit and Chevre – Recipe

Fresh porcini are one of nature's great treats. They are rather expensive unless you know how to forage for them, which I swear I'm going to learn someday … maybe from Langdon.

In the meantime, when I get my hands on a few porcini I like to feature them prominently in a dish. It seems a …

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