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Vanilla Cloud Cake

My devotion to chocolate is generally absolute, but last week I was in the mood to bake something a little lighter, a little wintry-looking, and something very, very vanilla.  This angel food-style cake was a slam-dunk winner on several fronts: … Continue reading

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Garlicky Shrimp & White Beans

There isn’t enough space here, not enough on the whole wide Web, to properly give due my love for the gutsy, earthy food of Spain. I love the garlic and olive oil and tomatoes, the shellfish and chiles, the lusty … Continue reading

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Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Relish

What are we going to do when the tomatoes go away? It was a blandly rhetorical question, but staring down at my plate of dry-farmed Early Girls, a pang of mild panic flickered through me. I don’t know. I DON’T … Continue reading

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Veggie Burger

Imagine two hungry diners, out for an al fresco lunch at Portland’s Veritable Quandary on a lovely summer’s day. One orders a burger, a juicy medium rare with all the trimmings. The other orders the housemade veggie burger with caramelized … Continue reading

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Roast Pork

Oh, honey. Sit down for a minute and let me tell you about this roast pork. The juicy, well-seasoned, flavorful meat. The woodsy bits of herbs and crispy, unctuous, oh-dear-Lord cracklings. (I mean, come on. Cracklings.) Your butcher will do … Continue reading

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Butter Lettuce & Lobster Salad

There’s something awfully festive about serving lobster for lunch, a little fancy even, and this warm-weather salad is a lovely way to do it. Toss sweet hunks of shellfish with ruffles of crisp-tender butter lettuce, little garden peas and creamy … Continue reading

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Quinoa Salad with Avocado

The Incas revered quinoa (“mother grain” in their ancient language, pronounced “keen-wah” in ours) as sacred, and it served as a staple food until Spanish missionaries razed the idolatrous crops in the 16th century. (Take out a protein-packed superfood, throw … Continue reading

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Roasted Carrots

I have to admit, I haven’t always held carrots in the highest regard. They’re useful in starting off soup and an inoffensive addition to a crudité platter, sure, but the only stand-alone dish I could recall was the mushy coins … Continue reading

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Chicken Paillards with Spring Peas

I’ve been cooking my way through Ian Knauer’s The Farm, a collection of rustic, seasonal recipes from a former Gourmet food editor’s family farm. Even though I hold a deep-seeded distrust of the boneless, skinless chicken breast (pasty, bland, dry, boooring), … Continue reading

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Lemon Yogurt Poundcake

I’ve been coming back to this recipe every spring and summer (over and over again for half a decade) and though many, many praises have already been sung for Ina Garten’s lovely, versatile tea cake, I’d be remiss if I … Continue reading

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