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  • white bean stew
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    White Bean Stew with Mustard-Green Pesto

    Jazz up a white bean stew with a swirl of peppery pesto made with mustard greens. If you can’t find them, substitute turnip greens or even Swiss chard, which will…

  • Strawberry BBQ sauce
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    Strawberry BBQ Sauce

    Strawberries bring a fresh, fruity sweetness to this sauce, making it the perfect complement to pork and poultry.

  • Braised Brisket
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    Red-Wine Braised Brisket with Pearl Onions and Star Anise

    The sweet, subtle flavor of star anise gives this comforting braise an exotic twist. I like to season the brisket with a fragrant spice rub a day before braising so…

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    Warm Kamut, Chicken, and Plum Salad

    The sweetness of plum counters the nuttiness of kamut and peppery arugula in this main dish salad. Substitute whatever stone fruit is in season if you prefer—apricots, peaches, or cherries…

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    Chicken Soup with Crucifers and Caraway

    Chicken thighs create a very chickeny broth, but during cooking, they’re not sapped of all their flavor. Croutons take the place of noodles in this hearty soup; be sure the…

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    Poached Fluke in Lemon Brodo

    Fragrant with lemon, this light, utterly simple fish dish is a joy to cook and eat. Serve it with some good crusty bread to dunk in the broth.

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    Parchment-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Leek, Bacon, and Parmesan Stuffing

    Beef tenderloin is popular at Christmas, but few guests will have had it served this way, with a savory, smoky bread stuffing, baked to just the right amount of crisp…

  • Moveable Feast

    Burgundian Roast Chicken

    In this dish, chef Jean-Michael Lorain seals the pot with a basic bread dough. It’s a technique that dates back several generations, and ensures a tight seal for steaming.

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    Charred Octopus

    Tender and ever-so-slightly smoky, with a hint of the sea , charred octopus makes a  great starter and a delicious addition to pasta and risotto. The octopus needs to braise for 2…

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    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.