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April/May 2017

Brown-Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie with Spiced Apples

Reminiscent of the topping on an apple crisp, this chewy oatmeal cookie gets a nutty undertone from the brown butter.

  • Black Rice and Pistachio Salad

    Pistachios underscore the subtle sweetness of black rice. Known as “forbidden” rice because it was originally reserved for the emperors of ancient China, black rice has a tender, slightly chewy…

  • Double Chocolate-Tahini Skillet Cookie

    Tahini (sesame paste) adds a welcome savory element to this brownielike cookie.

  • Grilled Chile-Spiced Pork Tenderloins

    Butterflied and pounded thin, pork tenderloins can be cooked quickly over a hot grill. Serve sliced with some rice and beans or lime-accented coleslaw, or cut the meat into strips…

  • Grilled Brie and Tomato Sandwiches

    This grilled cheese is a great way to showcase ripe, juicy tomatoes. A flavored mayonnaise gets brushed onto the bread to impart flavor and help it crisp. Store any leftover…

  • Leek, Chicken, and Rice Soup

    The mellow sweetness of leeks mingles with smoky paprika to make this chicken soup perfect for a rainy spring afternoon.

  • Korean Flank Steak Tacos

    Kimchi, the beloved Korean side dish made from fermented vegetables, is a little tangy, a little spicy, and a fantastic foil for steak in these vibrantly flavored tacos. Marinated cucumbers…

  • Mushroom-and-Coppa-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

    Not only is this a flavorful way to enjoy pork tenderloin, but it also looks impressive. Your little secret is how simple this dish is to prepare.

  • Neapolitan Spaghetti Squash

    Since it already looks like pasta strands, why not give spaghetti squash the full southern Italian treatment, with olives, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts. It brings warm, sunny flavors…

  • Maitake Noodle Bowls

    This satisfying bowl is brimming with umami flavors, warm udon noodles, and vibrant, crisp vegetables.

  • Macaroni and Cheese with Asparagus and Prosciutto

    Because there’s no need to make a separate béchamel, this comforting dish comes together quickly and in the same pot you use to cook the pasta. The only caveat is…

  • Cobb-Style Salad with Roast Beef and Fresh Herb Dressing

    There’s nothing wrong with a cold supper when it’s bursting with as much color and flavor as this composed salad. While the ingredient list may look long, the prep is…

  • Roasted Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad

    Crunchy roasted chickpeas add a surprising element to this simple salad, which pairs well with both Middle Eastern and Latin American flavors.

  • Roasted Beet Gnocchi with Brown Butter-Sage Sauce

    These gnocchi have a subtle beet flavor that’s a little earthy and a little sweet. The simple brown butter sage sauce shows off the gnocchi’s vibrant hue.

  • Spicy Peanut Butter and Lime Skillet Cookie

    A combination of cayenne and lime zest is not your average cookie flavoring, but combined with the sweet and salty ingredients, they make each bite of this gluten-free cookie exciting.…

  • Sear-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Fennel

    Fennel is a classic flavoring for pork because it brings out the sweetness of the meat. Although this recipe is straightforward, you can make it even easier by skipping the…

  • Southern-Style Shrimp and Grits

    This take on shrimp and grits keeps close to the dish’s roots but elevates it with the addition of fresh tomatoes and kale.

  • Skillet Shepherd's Pie

    This kind of dish is perfect for a still-cold spring night. It’s hearty and filling, but the peas and mint hint at the warm weather to come.

  • Salt-Baked Fingerling Potatoes

    Baking potatoes on a bed of salt gives their flesh a drier, fluffier texture (and of course seasons them beautifully). Tossing them with some lemon and herbs after cooking really…

  • Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies with Toasted Coconut and Pecans

    These cookies are excellent made into sundaes; the slight dip in the middle of a mini skillet cookie makes a perfect hollow for the ice cream. If you don't have…

  • Pistachio Phyllo Bites

    Reminiscent of baklava, these treats are ready in minutes. A perfect sweet bite to cap off a meal, they look especially pretty garnished with a bright green raw pistachio.

  • 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…

  • Potato Chestnut Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

    Chestnut flour gives these dumplings a texture that's denser than Potato and Ricotta Gnocchi, yet comforting. Cooked peas and chard are a nice addition to the creamy sauce. Because it's…

  • Tequila-Lime Chicken Thighs

    Golden reposado tequila is used in this recipe for its woody, smoky personality, which complements the chipotle chile and the char of the grill. For a full, robust tequila flavor,…

  • Hoisin-and-Maple-Glazed Roast Pork Tenderloin

    This recipe is based on the Chinese barbecued pork called char su, with a glaze developed by my wife, Nancy, who is chef/owner of Boulevard in San Francisco. To help…

  • Harissa-Yogurt Baked Chicken Thighs

    Harissa pastes vary in heat level. Taste some of the harissa-yogurt sauce before putting it on the chicken, and adjust the amount of harissa paste to your liking.

  • Small-Batch Cookies from the Skillet

    Make one oversize cookie for an easy dessert for eight

  • How to Make Gnocchi in Brilliant Colors

    Adding beets, spinach, cheese, and even chestnut flour to potato gnocchi results in fabulous flavors and some eye-catching hues.

  • Pistachio Pesto Pasta Primavera

    In this pretty dish, the vegetables are shaved to mimic the pasta. Blanching the parsley makes the pesto more vivid, but you may omit that step.

  • Charred Leeks with Caper-Herb Sauce

    Sweet grilled leeks topped with a tangy herb sauce are ideal as a first course or as a side to grilled steak. Because you cook the leeks intact, try to…

  • Ham, Leek, and Cheese Bread Pudding

    This savory stratalike dish would work well as part of an Easter brunch. Choose your favorite style of ham to tailor the dish to your taste.

  • Spinach and Basil Gnocchi with Butter and Parmesan

    A hint of basil permeates these verdant dumplings. Don’t worry if the greens for the purée don’t fully break down; the bits of leaves add a speckled touch. The gnocchi’s…

  • Orecchiette with Leeks, Spinach, Sausage, and Peas

    Leeks pair well with spring ingredients like spinach and peas. The heat from the sausage balances the vegetables’ sweetness.

  • Ginger-Sesame-Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    These wraps satisfy on every level, delivering the perfect balance of sweet, salt, heat, and crunch in each bite. Ground turkey, pork, and beef all make good substitutes for the…

  • Nuevo Latino Shrimp and Grits

    A garlicky chipotle-spiked marinade for the shrimp and a verdant tomatillo and cilantro salsa give this dish some Latin flair. You’ll make more salsa than you need, but that’s good…

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