Summer Squash "Risotto"
I’m not anyone’s Italian grandmother here.
Cold Noodles with Spicy Eggplant and Cucumber Salad
This recipe is really 3, 4, or 7 different recipes bundled into one package.
Taiwanese Street Food-Style Grilled Corn
Something to add to your global grilled corn cooking expertise (which might include the popular, lime and chile-spiked Mexican grilled corn)
Charred Green Bean and Summer Squash Salad with Torn Mozzarella
Maybe I still didn’t shake the grillmaster out of me, though, because my instinct for the green beans and summer squashes was to give them a nice, crisp, tasty char.
Reason For Not Eating Out #57: Because the Imperfection Is Yours (to Learn From)
Regrets, I’ve had a few. Let’s celebrate them instead.

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Summer Squash “Risotto” with Bacon and Shallot
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A brief history of non-risotto “risottos”: At one point, everyone was making risotto with barley instead of short-grain (commonly Arborio) rice. This was undermining the term orzotto, a similar Italian dish made with barley. Then we began to see “risotto” being made with all kinds of other “whole grains for health,” appreciating the nuances of nutty flavor and bite from the likes of spelt, oats, quinoa, wheatberries and more—and I was not one to... Read More

Reason For Not Eating Out #57: Because the Imperfection Is Yours
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It takes guts to own imperfection in the digital age. When Instagram and Tumblr accounts are being reviewed in job applications and by ex-partners alike, not to mention potential partners, it’s easy to throw in the towel and hide under sight, lest your imperfections be deemed boring at best. But I think that apps and tools, and other ways of expressing oneself to friends, are getting wise to the imperfect... Read More

Cold Noodles with Spicy Eggplant and Cucumber Salad
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This recipe is really 3, 4, or 7 different recipes bundled into one package: 1. You could make just the spicy cucumber salad. 2. You could make just a spicy eggplant salad. 3. You can make a spicy eggplant and cucumber salad. 4. You can make just spicy cold noodles. 5-7. And you can toss those noodles with either one of, or both, these chilled salads. But if you have eggplant and... Read More

Heirloom Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic Scapes
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So after this year’s Fourth of July barbecue, where I consumed lettuce wraps packed with meat, a hot dog, a chicken burger, a kielbasa, and some wings, I decided to go easy on my lunches the following week. I propped my kitchen stool below the highest cupboards to look for some whole grains to make a refreshing salad with—maybe quinoa, maybe spelt, or some neat-o ancient grains would be found there,... Read More

Guacamole à l’Obama
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It’s been a while since I’ve dedicated a recipe to our Commander-in-Chief. I figured it’s good timing, with the 4th of July upon us. But more importantly, because President Obama took a moment to Tweet about his guacamole persuasions on Wednesday. This was during a Twitter chat where Obama invited questions about healthcare with the hashtag #AskPOTUS, a very noble gesture. Then a Twitter user named @JGreenDC digressed by asking... Read More

Pasta with Kale and Beet Greens Pesto, Summer Squash, Sausage & Swiss Chard
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The season of summer CSAs has begun! This recipe’s title might sound slightly ridiculous, but then if you’ve just begun a summer CSA too, you will probably be able to relate. You’ve got greens coming out of your ears, and you need to find a use for them, quick. My friend Wen-Jay Ying, founder of Local Roots CSA once again put me up to the challenge: to cook everything... Read More

Pan-Roasted Monkfish with Spinach, Snap Peas and White Wine Sauce
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It’s true: Monkfish is one of the f’ugliest fish in the world. But you wouldn’t know it when it’s served to you. Or, when you buy some fresh fillets and pan-roast them just like any other fish, finishing them with a splash of white wine and butter mixed into the pan to drizzle on top. Yes, even when you’re actually cooking a raw thing to plated dish (in mere minutes... Read More

Chicken Salad with Tomato and Artichoke
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Sometimes you just need that combination of cool refreshment and savory satisfaction. I think that’s when chicken salad comes in handy. It’s a casual summer treat, but it usually only comes about once you’ve had your fill of both types of extremes—too many cold, vegetable-based meals one day, and a whip-cracking, bulldozing heavy meal with meats or poultry another. I guess what I’m saying is that leftover, roasted chicken salad with crisp vegetables... Read More