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During a busy weekday, I sometimes find myself looking for recipes on my phone at the grocery store because I’ve had no time to plan dinner. Epicurious.com, which is a recipe collection from several different publications, including Bon appetit, and Gourmet, is one of my go to places to search. One link led to another and I found myself looking at a beautiful plate of perfectly pan roasted chicken with a gravy like sauce. Sometimes a nice looking photo is all it’scneeded to convince me to try the recipe. Plus, it looked very hearty and comforting, which is what I usually crave after a long day at work.

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Squid, tomatoes, capers, pine nuts, lemon zest…. And raisins? A list on seemingly random ingredients at first, but brought together, they make one fresh and vibrant summer pasta salad. I made this dish for a quick and easy weekday dinner.

First, clean the squid tubes and tentacles. Read the rest of this entry »

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When all types of beautiful vegetables come into season in the summer, I always make this farmers market salad. Tomatoes, green beans, baby potato, basil leaves and olives are tossed in a Dijon mustard vinaigrette, and topped with creamy goat cheese rounds coated with a cumin and sesame spice mix. This hearty and healthy salad is best served with BBQ or grilled meats.

The spiced goat cheese rounds can be made a day in advance and kept in the fridge until the salad is ready to be served. The spice mix is made from Read the rest of this entry »

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For a simple weekday dinner, I made some grilled chicken breasts with tomato salsa. Sounds plain, but the chicken breast are coated with a layer of toasted and crushed cumin seeds, which adds a strong, earthy profile to the meat.

This recipe is also a cinch to make, especially if you have a gas grill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beautiful food always taste better, and when I say beautiful I don’t mean pastry or baked goods. I love letting the natural color and shape of ingredients shine through a dish, but sometimes it’s hard to retain these qualities after the cooking process. I’ve made this black rice salad twice now in the past 30 days, and that’s a rare occurrence for me since I always say there is not enough time for me to make all the dishes I want to try. This is one of those dishes that leave your eyes satisfied as well as your stomach. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lobsters are such an amazing ingredient. You can boil it, cut it up and put the pieces of meat in a salad or pasta, boil the shell down to extract favors for seafood broth and sauces, and you can grill them.
In fact one of my favorite things to do is to grill lobsters, and if I can’t grill them due to the weather, I would roast them in an oven.

Grilling lobsters isn’t as complicated as it would seem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Smoked roasted almonds are one of the most versatile ingredients that I use. They are great on salads or alone by themselves, however, with very little work, they can actually be used as a healthy spice and flavor enhancer that can bring complexity to simple dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

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For my birthday, Mark’s mom bought me Gourmet Today, a collection of over 1000 recipes from the now defunct, at least in physical form, Gourmet magazine. Both Bon Appetite and Gourmet are owned by the same company, but magazine sales and subscriptions have been decreasing everywhere. In order to cut cost, the 90 year old Gourmet was put on the chopping block.

I love Gourmet so much that I would collect old issues Read the rest of this entry »

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When I make BBQ, I’m a big fan of quick easy side dishes that I can prepare ahead of time so I can focus more on the meats. This is the first year that I finally own a grill after 4 years of not having one, so I’ve been trying a variety of dishes for the grill. One of my recent favorites are these cheese stuffed grilled peppers. They are a great little side to BBQ dishes, or they can be served as an appetizer for your guests while you finish off other dishes on the grill.

The idea came to me after finding these beautiful, cute little baby Read the rest of this entry »

To go with the Tunisian style grilled chicken kebabs, I made two light and refreshing vegetarian sides, one of which is also from Susan Feniger.

I’ve always wondered what the difference between Israeli couscous and regular couscous are, Read the rest of this entry »