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Lynne Rossetto Kasper

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Lynne Rossetto Kasper hosts "The Splendid Table," Minnesota Public Radio's weekly show, www.splendidtable.org.
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Avoid lulls at dinner parties

Skip the centerpiece, separate couples and other tips.

Recipe: Sicilian Sheperd's Tomato Pasta With Fresh Ricotta

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…
Splendid Table: A cheese by another name

Splendid Table: A cheese by another name

Try this alternative to the more pricey Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Recipes: Rack of Lamb With Cumin and Honey, Roasted Vegetables With Greens

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…

Splendid Table: Ribs, fat add flavor to a rack of lamb

"Frenching" is done mainly for appearance and handling ease.

Buttermilk-Garlic Slaw With Smoky Paprika

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…
Ask the Splendid Table: Spiced-up coleslaw pairs with fish

Ask the Splendid Table: Spiced-up coleslaw pairs with fish

Tweak the coleslaw and stuff the potatoes in these side dishes for the new season.

Recipe: Gold and Sweet Winter Potato Salad With Chiles

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…
Ask the Splendid Table: The heat is on potato salad

Ask the Splendid Table: The heat is on potato salad

Potato salad with a kick, and buying the right pan.
Turnips turn up in a lighter cream sauce

Turnips turn up in a lighter cream sauce

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

CARAMELIZED TURNIPS AND RUTABAGAS WITH NUTMEG AND CREAM
Green-bean salad a vegetarian hit

Green-bean salad a vegetarian hit

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

SALAD OF GREEN BEANS WITH ORANGE-MUSTARD DRESSING
For best flavor, try to get steamed

For best flavor, try to get steamed

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

PROVENCE FRESH HERB SAUCE FOR DIPPING AND SAUCING

SOUTHERN ITALIAN CARROTS TART-SWEET STYLE

SOUTHERN ITALIAN CARROTS TART-SWEET STYLE
An Italian twist on grilled peppers

An Italian twist on grilled peppers

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?

Enjoy the taste of summer throughout winter by freezing vegetables

ROASTED PEPPERS WITH GARLIC CROUTONS AND SUMMER HERBS
Sauté lake fish for flavor

Sauté lake fish for flavor

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

A GENTLE SAUTÉ OF FRESH FISH

Brined chicken satisfies like cold cuts, minus additives

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

BALSAMIC-GARLIC MARINATED CHICKEN BREASTS
Embrace anchovies

Embrace anchovies

Q We love anchovies and are hunting down new ways of using them. Any thoughts?

TUSCAN FAMILY ANCHOVY-GARLIC-LEMON SAUCE

TUSCAN FAMILY ANCHOVY-GARLIC-LEMON SAUCE

WATERMELON WATER (AGUA DE SANDIA)

WATERMELON WATER (AGUA DE SANDIA)
Fruit water a refreshing treat

Fruit water a refreshing treat

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

GARLIC MELLOWED CHICKEN WITH SPRING VEGETABLES

GREEK CINNAMON-SCENTED TOMATO SAUCE WITH PASTA

GREEK CINNAMON-SCENTED TOMATO SAUCE WITH PASTA
Cinnamon in tomato sauce? Go ahead, try it

Cinnamon in tomato sauce? Go ahead, try it

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

SOUTHWESTERN LIME-CHICKEN HASH
Put leftovers to work in crispy hash

Put leftovers to work in crispy 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

NORTH COUNTRY WINTER PEA SOUP WITH FRESH APPLE
Green or yellow peas? It's a split decision

Green or yellow peas? It's a split decision

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

TAMARIND TABASCO MARINADE WITH CHICKEN THIGHS

Chief gets the glory; crew gets good eating

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?
Steaming potatoes trumps other methods

Steaming potatoes trumps other methods

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

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…
The turkey wings make make this broth king

The turkey wings make make this broth king

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

MOTHER'S ROBUST TURKEY BROTH

RED-WINE-GLAZED RED ONION WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS

RED-WINE-GLAZED RED ONION WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Roast veggies for a quick, tasty side

Roast veggies for a quick, tasty side

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?
Look to Eastern cuisines for inspired rice dishes

Look to Eastern cuisines for inspired rice dishes

A reader asks: How can I do different kinds of rice meals to mix with meat? We are stretching the dollar here.

Recipe: Autumn chili sauteé

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…

Canned tomatoes? Pick your price

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

BRAISED LEMON SCENTED HERB CHICKEN

When unfamiliar with flavors, taste them

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

HOMEMADE GINGER-CHILE ALE

Copper saucepan lovely, but limited

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?

Parchment, sprays are no substitute for a greased pan

A reader asks: When it says to grease and flour a baking sheet, can I always just use parchment?

Flavored sage a wise substitute for basil

A reader asks: This harvest, we have a bumper crop of pineapple sage. How could we use it creatively?
Give mushrooms a quick dunking to get them clean

Give mushrooms a quick dunking to get them clean

A reader asks: How should I clean wild mushrooms?

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES WITH FRESH CHEESE AND PINE NUTS

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES WITH FRESH CHEESE AND PINE NUTS
An heirloom you won't wait to hand down

An heirloom you won't wait to hand down

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

MOROCCAN CHERMOULA SAUCE FOR CORN ON THE COB

Try these ideas for pork-free gyoza

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

LIGHT-SPICED AND PICKLED SUMMER CARROTS
Carrot tops on or off? A split vote

Carrot tops on or off? A split vote

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.

For sandwich spreads, try these healthful substitutes

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

CHICKPEA "MAYONNAISE" WITH SWEET-TART ONIONS AND BASIL

Ask the Splendid Table recipes, Aug. 7, 2008

CUMIN-SCENTED SUMMER BEAN SALAD WITH NEW GARLIC AND MINT

Heirloom beans as savory as their distinctive names

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.

Ask the Splendid Table: Grilled poultry need not be dry

Here are three tricks for cooking moist, grilled chicken.

Recipe for Ask the Splendid Table, July 31, 2008

BUTTERFLIED GRILLED CHICKEN WITH LUSH ALEPPO CHILE

Recipe: Low-sugar Mint-Citrus Summer Fizz

LOW-SUGAR MINT-CITRUS SUMMER FIZZ Serves 6. • Ice • 2 medium lemons, thinly sliced • 2 medium limes, thinly sliced • 18 fresh spearmint sprigs…

Booze, berries and beef

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

SIMPLEST CLASSIC ZUCCHINI FLOWERS

Fry up a bloom of zucchini flowers

Q Our Italian friends once made fried zucchini flowers. Do you have a recipe, and which flowers do you buy?

Recipe: Penne with basil-scented sugar snaps, lemon and parmigiano

PENNE WITH BASIL-SCENTED SUGAR SNAPS, LEMON AND PARMIGIANO

An American dessert?

Cobbler and its siblings were first made in Europe.

A TECHNICALLY INCORRECT BUT VERY GOOD SUMMER FRUIT COBBLER

A TECHNICALLY INCORRECT BUT VERY GOOD SUMMER FRUIT COBBLER Serves 6. Talk about summer under a crust, this is it -- an ideal way to…

Watermelon and rose water refresh summer's flavors

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.

Ask a Splendid Table: The basics for true grits

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?

RECIPES: No-work grits with early summer peas and asparagus

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…

Ask a Splendid Table: It's a wrap when avocado stars at picnic

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?

RECIPES: Avocado-salami wrap with balsamic basil sauce

AVOCADO-SALAMI WRAP WITH BALSAMIC BASIL SAUCE
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