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Healthy Thai-Style Salad of Grilled Eggplant, Tofu, and Watermelon – Recipe

I'm calling this a Thai-style salad, but it could just as easily be Vietnamese or Cambodian. It was ultra-refreshing, and because the dressing is oil-free, very low calorie as well. This kind of salad can work either as part of a larger Southeast Asian spread, or by itself as a light meal.

I've seen watermelon used …

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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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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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Iced Lychee With Asian Mignonette Sauce – Recipe

Iced lychee on a bed of ice, with Asian mignonette sauce

Here’s the last of the three lychee amuse bouche (you can see the earlier ones here and here). Sticking again with the idea that peeled and pitted lychee are kind of fleshy and shellfish-like, I made an Asian-twisted mignonette, which a sauce traditionally served with …

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Tea-Smoked Lychee Amuse Bouche

Fresh lychee smoked with genmaicha tea

This is the first of three amuse bouche I have in mind based on fresh lychees. (Hey, did you know that the plural of amuse bouche is amuse bouche? Learn something every day.) You could also serve all three as an appetizer trio instead of an amuse.

If you haven’t had …

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Bocoles (Masa and Black Bean Cakes) with Spicy Yams – Recipe

 

Bocoloes are little pan-fried cake of masa and mashed black beans, typically served as an (appetizer). I learned about them from Diana Kennedy's magnificient My Mexico and thought that I could replace the pork filling with yams, increase the portion, and make an unusual and delicious vegetarian entree.

The cakes came out great; they …

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