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First course

  • Moveable Feast

    Corn Fritters & Tomato Salad with Red Chile Crème Fraîche

    The flavors of the tomatoes are developed by marinating in a fresh, mixed herb dressing and then further enhanced with a drizzle of chile-flavored crème fraîche.  A crispy outside and…

  • Moveable Feast

    Spiced Mussel and Saffron Soup

    The spices in this dish are coaxed to release their full flavor by first blooming them in hot butter.  Chef Curtis Stone then “steals” the flavor from the mussels with…

  • Recipe

    Shaved Fennel Salad with Oranges, Black Olives, and Pistachios

    With its sweet and salty flavors, this colorful salad makes a superb first course and would also work well as a side to a rich braise. A short soak in…

  • Recipe

    Turkey, Escarole, and White Bean Soup with Cheesy Croutons

    A cross between white bean soup and French onion soup, a bowl makes a hearty meal.

  • 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…