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  • How-To

    Simple, Summery Tomato-Bread Salads

    Juicy, vine-ripened beauties shine in satisfying no-cook dishes.

  • How-To

    How to Cook Octopus At Home

    When I eat out, part of the fun comes from ordering foods I don’t normally cook at home. Charred octopus is one such item. While it has always been a…

  • Recipe

    Charred Octopus

    Tender and ever-so-slightly smoky, with a hint of the sea , charred octopus makes a  great starter and a delicious addition to pasta and risotto. The octopus needs to braise for 2…

  • Recipe

    Garlic and Chile Seared Shrimp

    Put out a plate of sizzling shrimp, and just watch the crowd gather. Curry leaves—no relation to the powder—add a subtle lemon-meets-onion flavor. If you must, you can omit them…

  • Recipe

    Salmon Lox with Onion Jam and Avocado

    A traditional beet cure (also called gravlax) gives the salmon a beautiful jewel-toned gradation of color that adds a real wow factor when serving.

  • Recipe

    Salmon Poke

    This Hawaiian raw fish salad is traditionally made with tuna. Make sure to get a center-cut portion of fish so that the salmon pieces will be evenly sized. You will…

  • Recipe

    Avocado, Cucumber, and Poblano Gazpacho

    Avocado gives this refreshing cold soup a silky smooth texture. For best results, make it a few hours before serving to give it time to chill. Crisp homemade tortilla strips…

  • Recipe

    Rice Noodle Salad with Avocado, Mango, and Chile

    This cool noodle salad is just what you want on a hot summer night. A great vegetarian main, it would also be tasty with grilled shrimp or scallops. For best…

  • Recipe

    Sake-Steamed Mussels

    For a change from white wine-steamed mussels, make sake the base of an Asian-inspired broth. Serve with crusty or toasted bread to mop up the sauce.

  • Recipe

    Potato-Ricotta Gnocchi with Marinara Sauce and Basil

    Tender and more rich than regular potato gnocchi, these simple dumplings hold together really well thanks to the egg but are super light. They go well with just about any…