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Basil Pesto

If you’ve never tried making pesto from scratch, kindly allow me to cast my vote for Totally and Absolutely Worth It.  Pesto’s always pretty delicious, but the homemade stuff tastes more alive somehow: sunnier, more herbal, more green. More like … Continue reading

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Chimichurri

I have a refrigerator full of condiments: three brands of grainy mustard, hot sauces of various national origin, murky jars of pickled vegetables, soy sauces and dressings and good old Heinz 57. My favorites, though, are the ones I make … Continue reading

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Asparagus Gruyère Tart

I’ve been going through a lot of asparagus lately, steamed or grilled, with a quick kiss of green garlic aïoli, dressed in vinaigrette or spritzed with lemon and black pepper. This time of year, I’ll eat asparagus nearly every day … Continue reading

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Farfalle Pesto with Peas

I’ve made this dish about a million times. It’s one of those go-to standbys I’ve done so many times that I can put myself on autopilot and mindlessly whip it up, the linchpin of the busy cook. Even for a … Continue reading

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Forty cloves of garlic in one recipe sounds highly improbable, a foolhardy experiment in the manner of chili pepper eating contests and bacon ice cream. But I have lived to tell the tale, friends, and I can tell you that … Continue reading

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Artichoke & Prosciutto Antipasto

Growing up in Virginia, spring’s arrival was heralded by blooming dogwood trees, several appearances of my mother’s asparagus with hard-cooked egg and my favorite steamed artichokes, their leaves dipped in dishes of warm melted butter and scraped against bottom teeth. … Continue reading

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Brandade

Fans of comfort food, of warm-and-creamy appetizers, of dips and spreads and cheeses: you are going to love me for this. Seafood lovers will swoon. Southerners raised on crab dip and mavens of New York deli whitefish salad, meet your … Continue reading

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Garlicky White Beans

I’ve been waiting for just the right time to introduce you. I didn’t want rush things. I realized I had to earn your trust a bit, because really, who’s going to get excited over a heap of beans? Hopefully you. … Continue reading

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