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Heather Meldrom

  • Recipe

    Spicy Cucumber and Black Bean Salad

    This salad with bold Asian flavors is perfect with black beans but works with other hearty beans, such as kidney, red, or even pinto beans. Serve with shrimp, pork chops,…

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    Marinated Fennel and Bean Salad with Citrus and Olives

    The creamy texture of cranberry beans is a great complement to crunchy, thinly sliced fennel and rich, briny olives. Canary beans or classic French flageolet beans make great substitutes. The…

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    Corn, Zucchini, and Black-Eyed Pea Salad

    This combination of corn, beans, and squash is inspired by the "three sisters:" key crops of indigenous Americans that were grown together. It uses peak summer zucchini instead of winter…

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    Chickpea and Cauliflower Salad with Curry Vinaigrette and Spiced Yogurt

    Hearty chickpeas make for a filling dish. Substitute fava or cannellini beans, if you like. Wonderful on its own as a meatless main, this salad also makes a great accompaniment…

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    Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef

    These lettuce wraps are great served family-style, but you can also enjoy this dish in bowls over rice noodles tossed in sesame oil. To prepare the lemongrass, remove the tough…

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    Haddock with Rustic Tomato-Fennel Sauce

    This recipe works well with any firm, meaty fish. Try it with salmon, cod, or striped bass. You could even use extra-large shrimp.

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    Red-Wine Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

    This recipe is great on its own but can also be served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You may have leftover chocolate-wine…

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    Cocoa-Rubbed Rack of Lamb with Gremolata

    Smoked paprika and cocoa powder add a subtle earthiness that complements the full flavor of lamb. If you can, use New Zealand or Australian lamb; it tends to be smaller,…

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    Spice-Roasted Beets and Carrots

    Small beets and carrots have tender skins that don’t require peeling. Just be sure to scrub the skins well before roasting.

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    Oysters with Blood-Orange Mignonette and Tajín

    Classic oysters on the half shell are given an update here,  bathed in a mignonette flavored with blood orange and then sprinkled with zingy Tajín. You can ask your seafood…

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