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The Secret to Perfectly Roasted Green Beans – Recipe

Perfect Pan-Roasted Green Beans

The problem with roasted green beans, whether you do them in the oven or in a hot skillet, is to get those beautiful, caramelized brown spots on the surface of most of the beans without either over- or under-cooking the insides. Run the heat too high and you’ll burn the outside before the inside is …

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Baby Zucchini and Blossoms with Sofrito – Recipe

Baby Zucchini with Sofrito

Every gardener loves to lament that they get overrun with zucchini and have to resort to baking too much zucchini bread or, worse, ringing the doorbell, dashing and leaving them on people’s doorsteps. Well, let me tell you: you’re doing it wrong.

The way to avoid being overrun with zucchini is pick them when they are …

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Chickpea and Saffron Pilaf with Crispy Onions – Recipe

Chickpea and Saffron Pilaf with Crispy Onions

The secret of this pilaf is using the flavorful oil leftover from making the crispy onions to saute the rice before adding any water. It adds a rich, savory background that makes the dish more satisfying.

I’ll happily eat this as a main course with nothing more than a last-minute squeeze of lemon, but it also …

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Roasted Asparagus with Pistachio Puree – Recipe

Asparagus with Pistachio Puree

At Sitka and Spruce and Bar Sajor, Matt Dillon serves quite a few salads and small plates with a base of various ridiculously good nut purees. Though really, puree isn’t quite the right word. They eat more like a sort of nut-based hummus: rich, creamy, slightly fluffy, but packed full of the flavor of roasted …

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Sichuan Spicy Cauliflower – Recipe

Sichuan Spicy Cauliflower

So, this happened: for reasons too tedious to explore, we ate dinner at a California Pizza Kitchen the other night. First time I’ve been to one in years. Not my first choice of places to eat, but it served the purpose. The very next morning, I woke up to this Google Alert in my inbox:

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Greek Green Bean Salad – Perfect For Potlucks – Recipe

Greek Green Bean Salad

These green beans are perfect for a potluck; the beans themselves are blanched and shocked and you can then hold them cold a day in advance and dress them close to serving time. They can be cooked traditionally in a big pot, or in a simple sous vide setup if you are so inclined – …

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Thai Basil Eggplant – Recipe

Thai Basil Eggplant

The Thai basil situation can be a bit confusing. The herb known specifically as Thai basil, which is what I’ve used in this dish, has purplish stems and green leaves. There is another, significantly different herb called holy basil that is also much loved in Thailand, and it has purple leaves and is incredibly aromatic. …

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