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Skip the centerpiece, separate couples and other tips.
Sicilian Shepherd's Tomato Pasta with Fresh Ricotta Serves 6 to 8 as a first course and 4 to 6 as a main dish. • Top…
Try this alternative to the more pricey Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Rack of Lamb With Cumin and Honey Serves 2 to 3. Keep all the meat on the rack that nature intended so you can enjoy…
"Frenching" is done mainly for appearance and handling ease.
Buttermilk-Garlic Slaw With Smoky Paprika Serves 6 to 8. Note: Anticipate 15 to 20 minutes prep time, and know the slaw keeps in the refrigerator…
Tweak the coleslaw and stuff the potatoes in these side dishes for the new season.
Gold and Sweet Winter Potato Salad With Chiles Serves 6 to 8. Note: The salad is best when made several hours ahead and kept at…
Potato salad with a kick, and buying the right pan.
A Ah, the wonders of creaming anything. Two techniques seem to make nearly everything taste good: deep frying or cooking in cream. Do we see a theme here? Fat does wonders, but maybe your mother overdid the cream in the cream sauce, or the flour.
CARAMELIZED TURNIPS AND RUTABAGAS WITH NUTMEG AND CREAM
A reader writes It's my first meatless dinner party, but first, I have got to tell you how I found out how vegetables rock!
SALAD OF GREEN BEANS WITH ORANGE-MUSTARD DRESSING
A reader writes: I recently got a steamer and have been cooking vegetables in it, which is fine. Is it OK to salt the vegetables before they cook, and to salt the water? I am diabetic, so I avoid carbs. . . .
PROVENCE FRESH HERB SAUCE FOR DIPPING AND SAUCING
SOUTHERN ITALIAN CARROTS TART-SWEET STYLE
Q This summer, peppers are incredibly good, and I must roast a couple of pounds every week while grilling supper. Some variety is needed. What do you do with roasted peppers besides oil and balsamic vinegar?
ROASTED PEPPERS WITH GARLIC CROUTONS AND SUMMER HERBS
A reader writes: My husband and sons are avid fishermen and bring home their limits of walleye, northern pike, sunfish and crappies. I love frying them in seasoned flour or deep-frying them in a beer batter, but would really like more options.
A GENTLE SAUTÉ OF FRESH FISH
Q My husband loves honey-baked-style ham cold cuts. He takes a sandwich to work every day. What can I cook that will get him away from those cold-cut chemicals and keep him happy with his sandwiches?
BALSAMIC-GARLIC MARINATED CHICKEN BREASTS
Q We love anchovies and are hunting down new ways of using them. Any thoughts?
TUSCAN FAMILY ANCHOVY-GARLIC-LEMON SAUCE
WATERMELON WATER (AGUA DE SANDIA)
A reader writes: Do you know how to make those fruit waters that you can get in some Hispanic restaurants?
GARLIC MELLOWED CHICKEN WITH SPRING VEGETABLES
GREEK CINNAMON-SCENTED TOMATO SAUCE WITH PASTA
Q Have you ever had pasta with Greek tomato sauce? It sounds weird, but we swear we tasted cinnamon. Anyway, we had it in Greece and can't find a recipe for it.
SOUTHWESTERN LIME-CHICKEN HASH
Q My mother made wonderful hash from leftovers. Could you help me with a recipe, or a guide? She was from Arizona, so she cooked spicy.
NORTH COUNTRY WINTER PEA SOUP WITH FRESH APPLE
A cook says: I've been using a lot of dried legumes in my cooking lately, but I am stumped by one kind -- yellow peas. What can I do with them?
TAMARIND TABASCO MARINADE WITH CHICKEN THIGHS
A reader writes: Do you have ideas for a dish I could do that works in a Crock Pot or in the oven and reheats well?
Q Will you end my mashed-potato quandary? Cooks on TV seem to cook potatoes for mashing two ways -- boiling them unpeeled but cut up, or peeling before boiling. I steam my potatoes instead of boiling them. Which of these is correct?
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN MASHED POTATOES WITH GARLIC AND LEMON Serves 4. Note: Potatoes can be made a day ahead, refrigerated and then reheated in a shallow…
A reader writes: . I want to make chicken broth like my great-grandmother's. It could cure anything. Can I make a soup like this?
MOTHER'S ROBUST TURKEY BROTH
RED-WINE-GLAZED RED ONION WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS
A reader writes: I don't really cook, but am stuck with bringing two side dishes to my sister's. . . . What's easy to cook on the day that can travel to my family's place?
A reader asks: How can I do different kinds of rice meals to mix with meat? We are stretching the dollar here.
AUTUMN CHILI SAUTÉ Serves 4 to 6 as a main dish. Note: This will keep 5 days in the refrigerator. A green salad is a…
Q What are your favorite supermarket brands of canned tomatoes for making pasta sauce? We read about the Miracolo di San Gennaro, but are reluctant to pay for its shipping every time we want a "simple pasta sauce." The article mentioned you had a favorite other than above mentioned so we'd love to hear what it is.
BRAISED LEMON SCENTED HERB CHICKEN
A reader asks: Seasoning has me stumped. I follow recipes like a slave and hate it. My dream is improvising, but my seasoning combinations are lousy. What's the secret?
HOMEMADE GINGER-CHILE ALE
A reader asks: My husband haunts thrift stores for premium kitchen equipment that he buys on the cheap. He came home with a lovely copper saucepan. . . . Is it OK that it is not lined?
A reader asks: When it says to grease and flour a baking sheet, can I always just use parchment?
A reader asks: This harvest, we have a bumper crop of pineapple sage. How could we use it creatively?
A reader asks: How should I clean wild mushrooms?
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES WITH FRESH CHEESE AND PINE NUTS
A reader asks: I'd like to know where to find more information on heirloom tomatoes, like how each kind tastes, what the difference is between an heirloom and a normal tomato, their history, and maybe which ones are worth the money.
MOROCCAN CHERMOULA SAUCE FOR CORN ON THE COB
Q When I was growing up, my mother made gyoza, the pork- and cabbage-filled Japanese dumplings. My wife is a vegetarian so I'd like to find something to replace the pork, yet keep the rich spicy flavor. Your ideas?
LIGHT-SPICED AND PICKLED SUMMER CARROTS
A Regarding the tops, there are two schools of thought. One is that fresh green tops tell you whether the carrots are freshly dug. Another says the greens draw vitality from the harvested carrots.
A reader asks: What can I spread on sandwiches instead of mayo? Please, no fake cream or low-fat, tofu or Miracle Whip (it's a miracle anybody can stomach it).
CHICKPEA "MAYONNAISE" WITH SWEET-TART ONIONS AND BASIL
CUMIN-SCENTED SUMMER BEAN SALAD WITH NEW GARLIC AND MINT
Q In a gift shop, I found heirloom beans called Jacob's Cattle Beans. I cooked them, liked them, but now about 4 cups are left in the refrigerator. Any thoughts for a main-dish salad? It's hotter than a pancake griddle here, so grilling or using the stove is not an option. Is there history to this bean? And where might I find other heirloom beans? These are like eating roast chicken -- so tasty.
Here are three tricks for cooking moist, grilled chicken.
BUTTERFLIED GRILLED CHICKEN WITH LUSH ALEPPO CHILE
LOW-SUGAR MINT-CITRUS SUMMER FIZZ Serves 6. • Ice • 2 medium lemons, thinly sliced • 2 medium limes, thinly sliced • 18 fresh spearmint sprigs…
What's the problem with recipe writers -- when they drop the booze in adult drinks, they up the sugar? Instead of getting drunk, you go into sugar shock!
SIMPLEST CLASSIC ZUCCHINI FLOWERS
Q Our Italian friends once made fried zucchini flowers. Do you have a recipe, and which flowers do you buy?
PENNE WITH BASIL-SCENTED SUGAR SNAPS, LEMON AND PARMIGIANO
Cobbler and its siblings were first made in Europe.
A TECHNICALLY INCORRECT BUT VERY GOOD SUMMER FRUIT COBBLER Serves 6. Talk about summer under a crust, this is it -- an ideal way to…
A I know how sweet those melons are because I just tasted an organic beauty from your neighborhood and it was not only sugary, but had lots of intriguing flavors behind the sweetness.
Q We vacationed in the South for the first time and fell for grits in a big way, especially ones we had in Charleston, S.C., with peas and asparagus. So what is the difference between hominy grits, grits and cornmeal? Could we use supermarket cornmeal? If not, where do you find the right kind?
NO-WORK GRITS WITH EARLY SUMMER PEAS AND ASPARAGUS Serves 6 to 8. Note: Make grits in advance and rewarm over bubbling water, or slice and…
Q My brother is home on leave, we're having a picnic and a recipe for a sensational sandwich with avocado would make him happy. Do you have something that isn't run of the mill?
AVOCADO-SALAMI WRAP WITH BALSAMIC BASIL SAUCE
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