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Crispy, Garlicky Smashed Potatoes with Gremolata – Recipe

A whole head of garlic.

This is one of those recipes you can become famous for with your friends and family. It is very easy to make, you just have to have the nerve to use a whole head of fresh garlic and plenty of good olive oil, and the patience to roast the potatoes until …

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Figs and Ricotta – Recipe

I'm really enjoying this theme of using simple but fantastic ingredients and doing almost nothing to them. Much like the shaved summer squash salad of a few weeks ago, these perfectly ripe figs were spectacular with a bare minimum of manipulation. I think I would like to do a whole dinner party where every course …

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Sephardic-Style Breaded Cauliflower in Lemony Tomato Sauce – Recipe

As I've mentioned before, I'm lucky enough to have married into a family of excellent cooks from the Sephardic Jewish tradition. This is another terrific dish I learned from Noni Sophie, my wife's grandmother. 

It might sound crazy to bread something, fry it until it is crispy, and then "ruin" that crispiness by soaking it in …

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Buttermilk Spoonbread (Individual Corn Puddings) – Recipe

If a French souffle moved to Georgia and married a pan of cornbread, their offspring would be this classic Southern spoonbread. Tender, creamy and dead-easy to make, you should have this in your repertoire when you want a side dish for a bowl of vegetarian chili or a mess of collard greens.

You can take this basic recipe …

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Chanterelle Mushrooms with a Corn Sauce and Asian Pear Slaw – Recipe

I love chanterelles with corn, and I love corn with ginger. Using the transitive property of delicio-algebraics, I determined that I'd like chanterelles with ginger. Heck, why not all three together?

Grant Achatz has famously made a corn sauce in sheet form, by cooking pureed corn kernels until the natural starch thickens the juice, and then …

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Potato and Fennel Gratin – Recipe

Nothing complicated here, just a rich, comforting potato gratin, tweaked with a bit of fennel. I don’t cook with cream often, but when I do I like to keep the flavors simple and clean so that the pure dairy sweetness comes through.

Homemade garlickly breadcrumbs make all of the difference. I save every stale bit of …

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Island Style Sweet and Spicy Cabbage – Recipe

More than 20 years ago, I lived in an odd little shared house in Oakland, and one of the other renters was a guy named John, from one of the Caribbean islands. Sad to say, I can't recall which island (possibly Barbados?), but I do remember that he moonlighted in a steel drum band, and …

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