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Basic Rice Pilaf

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    Basic Rice Pilaf

    It’s easy to tailor a rice pilaf to your taste. For example, add minced garlic or other aromatics with the onion, and fold in fresh herbs just before serving.

  • Layered Summer Salad
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    Layered Summer Salad

    This salad-in-a-glass does two great things: The presentation makes a hearty salad much more visually appealing. Also, by using grains and beans as accents (instead of weighing down the salad…

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    Pasta Frittata with Leeks, Arugula, Goat Cheese & Mint

    I learned to make frittatas at my first cooking job at Al Forno restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island. We always put pasta in those, plus lots of fresh herbs, good…

  • Squash, Leek, and Spinach Gratin
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    Summer Squash, Leek, Spinach & Parmesan Gratin

    Over the years, I’ve done many Provençal “tians” or gratins of layered summer vegetables, and they’re always a crowd favorite. I love this version: zucchini and summer squash, layered with…

  • Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream
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    Grilled Peaches with Maple-Cardamom Butter and Ginger Ice Cream

    Grilling stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines is easy as long as your fruit is just ripe but still firm. The flavor of warm grilled fruit is enchanting—especially when…

  • ginger ice cream
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    Honey-Ginger Ice Cream

    An infusion of fresh ginger makes this rich ice cream feel deceptively light and refreshing.

  • Tamarind Margaritas
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    Tamarind Margaritas

    This is my new favorite margarita to teach and to drink. Tajín powder, a mixture of chile, salt, and citric acid, makes an interesting change from a salt rim.

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    Grilled Chicken and Charred-Onion Tacos

    Chicken breast might be everyone’s poultry go-to, but thighs are arguably more delicious: meaty, sturdy, and perfect for grilling. The rich, tender meat is fabulous with grilled onions and spicy…

  • Fried Shrimp and Avocado Tacos
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    Beer-Fried Shrimp and Avocado Tacos

    Deep-fried avocado is an unusual but most welcome partner with shrimp in this taco filling.

  • Corn, Tomato, and Scallion Tacos
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    Grilled Corn, Cherry Tomato, and Scallion Tacos

    Delicious grilled fresh corn, scallions, and cherry tomatoes make this meat-free taco filling a hit with vegetarians, but don’t be surprised if meat eaters like it, too.