Roasted Chicken Thighs

The easiest roasted chicken thigh recipe - hard to imagine a better (and more economical!) weeknight meal.

I make no secret of my unbridled love of chicken thighs, roasted chicken thighs in particular. I have possibly said all I need to say about the tender, moist, forgiving meat. The crackling skin with a generous dusting of salt and pepper, made even crisper with a light rub of olive oil before heading into a very hot oven. The fact that my younger son can make short work out of two or three pieces, and will pilfer any extra crispy skin from any non-alert’s family member’s plate. I’ve exhausted the topic. A Perfect Simple Roasted Chicken Thigh But I …

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Thai Green Beans

Who says green beans can’t be exciting!

There are number recurring ingredients that are the secret sauces, so to speak (Yay! Alliteration!), of Southeast Asian food. The keys to what makes it so addicting in that elusive sometimes slightly haunting way. Shrimp paste or dried shrimp, fish sauce, ginger, shallots and garlic, these are some of the building blocks of Southeast Asian food. And also, lemongrass, which is an ingredient you won’t try once, but rather then feel the need to seek opportunities to make part of your cooking world. As its name suggests, it has a citric tartness to it, and when heated (it pretty much …

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Tomato, Avocado and Cucumber Salad

Colorful and fresh and filled with a variety of textures, this easy recipe is a great summer and early fall go-to salad for all kinds of meals.

This is barely a recipe in that most of the ingredients are listed in the title. Plus red onions (or yellow or white if that’s what you have), plus a simple lemon and olive oil dressing, plus a handful of chopped herbs. Oh, and plus salt and pepper. But you knew that. Make Ahead I like to juice the lemon, and mix it with the olive oil, and chop up the onion and cucumber a day ahead. A few hours before I’m planning to serve this, I toss it all together along with the tomatoes, and then just before it …

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Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Steaks

If you love chicken wings, but can't justify them as part of the regular rotation OR if you're a vegetarian missing buffalo wings, this is for you.

What is the Deal with Cauliflower Steaks? Which one (or more) of the following sentences describes you? You love cauliflower steaks, and you’ve been enjoying them for some time. You’ve seen cauliflower steaks on a menu and wondered “what in the world….” You’ve tried cauliflower steak at a restaurant, liked it, and wondered why the hell you were paying so much money for a slab of a $4 vegetable. Ok, now how about these sentences: You love buffalo chicken wings and eat them all the time, and feel fine about it. You love buffalo chicken wings, have them occasionally, wish …

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The One, the Only, Julia Child (and 11 Great Julia Quotes)

“Helloooooooo????” Larousse Gastronomique In 2001 I was in my 20s, and a cookbook editor at a publishing company.  I was working on the American version of the latest edition of Larousse Gastronomique, which is one of the most referred to and indispensable food reference books amongst the chefs and serious cooks in the world.  No overstatement.  I was in charge of getting an assortment of culinary luminaries to sing the book’s praise, and we would print the best of these quotes on the cover of the new publication.  The quotes came in fast and furious—it is truly a very beloved …

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