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    Pizza with Lemon and Burrata

    Creamy cheese and paper-thin slices of lemon make an incredible bite of pizza; the tang of the fruit marries well with the mellow cheese. Use a large serrated bread knife…

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    Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

    Though eggplant is relatively delicate, it pulls in the flavor of whatever it’s cooked with, in this case garlic, fresh herbs, and tomatoes. Salting eggplant in advance is an optional…

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    Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Anchovy

    This rich mash works well as a side, but my favorite way to serve it is heaped on crostini for a robust nibble.

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    Braised Broccoli Raab with White Wine and Garlic

    Think of this as the Italian version of “potlikker” greens—broccoli raab, simmered on the stovetop with lots of garlic, wine, extra-virgin olive oil, and spicy pepper flakes. The dish actually…

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    Pork Chops Milanese

    You can’t have too much of the sweet-sour dressing to sop up the crispy bites of pork chop—it’s a perfect marriage.

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    Fennel Confit with Grilled Lamb

    Like caramelized onions, slowly cooked fennel becomes deep, rich, and sweet tasting. Paired with a lemony, gremolata-like herb garnish, it’s a great accompaniment to lamb chops coated in crushed fennel…

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    Mussels with Fennel and Fregola

    This recipe comes courtesy of my friend chef Joshua McFadden; a dish similar to this is in our cookbook. I love it so much—it’s fragrant, colorful, and satisfying—that I had…

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    Turkey and Spinach Hand Pies

    These turnover-like pastries make a nice lunch paired with a green salad. Or enjoy them for a casual weeknight dinner.

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    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.

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    Garlicky Lemon-Thyme-Marinated Lamb Chops

    This bright marinade is always a sure-fire hit (besides lamb, it's great on chicken, swordfish, and potatoes). The chops are delicious served with some pita bread and grilled eggplant.