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Creamy Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw

I am a total slaw sucker. Even a very mediocre coleslaw that comes in a tiny plastic cup alongside a deli sandwich has my attention. This summer I am going to be putting the grating blade of my food processor to work big time. I love coleslaws that are bright and crisp, I love coleslaws …

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Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon

The standard thing to say in almost every recipe that features corn is that fresh corn kernels are preferable, but that during non-corn-season moments frozen or canned is fine. That’s true here, and I love me my frozen corn, but boy, is this good with fresh barely cooked sweet corn in the summer. The dressing …

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Clean and Spicy Asian Greens

I just got back from 3 days of eating my way through Dallas. There are so many adjectives I can and will use to describe my trip. Filling is the one that pops up first. I loved this trip, a gathering of food writers who were invited to see what exciting culinary happenings were taking …

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Tomato Scallion Rice

Through happenstance four large tomatoes landed in my kitchen last week that 1) were mid-winter tomatoes, there was no getting around that and 2) had been put in the refrigerator, which is a crime against tomatoes.  Food science writer Harold McGee explains in his book On Food and Cooking that refrigerating tomatoes damages the membranes …

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Israeli Couscous with Chicken

Israeli couscous, sometimes called couscous grande, is a larger cousin to the finer-grained couscous you may be more familiar with. This tiny wheat-based pasta comes in a small pearl shape that absorbs liquid while it cooks and has a wonderful toothy texture. It carries all kind of flavors, such as the Mediterranean ones here, perfectly. …

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Asian Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw

My kids’ school just started a CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) this year and it’s pretty fantastic.  First of all, it’s just nice to watch the high schoolers running the thing in action, weighing produce, bagging everything, and from what I gather, they really run the show, including sourcing the produce and working with the farm …

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Shredded Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Engaging in a conversation about brussels sprouts often leads to disagreement.  Many strong opinions here, love/hate, roasted vs. sauteed, whole vs. halved vs. sliced, shredded vs. “petals.”  I love them all ways — my family has differing opinions.  This recipe pleased three out of four of us, and to paraphrase Meatloaf (the singer, not the …

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