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First course

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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.

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…