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crushed red pepper flakes

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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.

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    Spicy Pasta Alla Norma

    This Sicilian classic, made with sautéed eggplant, tomatoes, basil, and red pepper flakes, is Italian comfort food at its best.

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    Peperonata with Fried Eggs

    Peperonata, a mix of cooked sweet peppers, is often served as part of antipasti. Here, it’s topped with an egg and served with crusty bread to mop it all up.

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    Chimichurri Roast Chicken Legs

    This herb-flecked chicken is a walkaway dish; once you stick it in the oven, it’s completely hands off. There’s no fussy finish to worry about. Just take it out and…

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    Sake-Marinated Rib-Eye Steak

    Beef lends itself to all types of marinades, but this complex sake-based one adds sweet overtones to grilled steak.