What to Cook

5 Great Simple Asian Dishes

If pressed to pick one cuisine to cook and eat for the rest of my life, I think it would have to be Asian. Now that’s a total cheat, since the idea of Asian cooking encompasses a vast array of more specific Asian cuisines, from Thai to Japanese to Chinese . . . and those cuisines encompass a whole array of other more discrete Asian cuisines (take Chinese food—we have Szechuan, Catonese, Hunan, etc., etc. . . .) And a smidge of a confession—I would eat sushi every day if the fates would allow. It’s my favorite food, yet it’s …

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5 Great Clean and Healthy Recipes

For the record, I usually don’t make resolutions. I mean I certainly say things like, “Enough with this crap, I’m going to clean out my pantry,” or “I really want to get to the theater more,” or “Why can’t I zip up these jeans?” but these are not resolutions, per se, more than they are random statements usually said aloud to mostly empty rooms in the hopes they will stick and become action. I definitely don’t usually tie any of these resolutions to the New Year, only because like most everyone else, I know that’s the kiss of death. But …

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10 Things To Make With Leftover Pesto

What Do I Do With Pesto? Sometimes I make pesto and use it all up right away. More often than not there are leftovers. And if you’ve made too big a batch, or bought a jar for a spoonful or two in a recipe, then you may be in the same boat. Here are a whole bunch of ways to use up that herby deliciousness! Tomatoes with Mint Basil Pesto You can use any kind of pesto on sliced tomatoes, and you will have the perfect summer appetizer or side dish. Click here for the recipe. Cavatappi with Roasted Cherry …

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5 Great Soups and Stews

Gee willikers, what to make for dinner tonight? If the answer is something warm and comforting and served in a bowl, I’m all in. I love soup and stew season because it pretty much means that nothing in my fridge goes to waste (see this flexible recipe for a vegetable soup for an idea of how that works). It also gives me an expansive canvas on which to use many condiments and seasonings that are just hanging around in my fridge or pantry, like coriander, red chile paste, and miso. See below for some of my favorite go-to bowls! Red …

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6 Super Simple Weeknight Dinner Salmon Recipes

We never get tired of salmon. It’s easy to handle, it’s got great flavor, silky richness, and it’s extremely versatile.  It takes well to almost every kind of cooking treatment—sautéing, roasting, poaching, and you can’t get tired of it because you can shower it with seasonings from any cuisine—Asian, Mediterranean, and any version of “New American” ingredients (I don’t even know what I mean by that, but I guess I’m thinking of salmon dishes that you would find in a cool neighborhood restaurant. Salmon is available everywhere. You can use farmed salmon or seek out wild Alaska salmon when it’s …

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5 Great Recipes with Bacon!

I have a little bit of a pet peeve when bloggers and writers and online sites offer up a recipe for something they know is a crowd-pleaser and then confidently—even presumptuously—say, “You’re welcome.” It’s just a little pushy, right? But, 5 recipes with bacon in them… NO.  I won’t do it. Anyway, with apologies to all the vegetarian readers out there… I promise something special for you soon. Bacon, Sage, and Provolone Chicken Rolls with Marsala Sauce The words “wrapped in bacon” never fail to please.  A rolled chicken breast may look le-di-da fancy—but really super easy to pull off …

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