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THE MODEST CABBAGE – THE UNSUNG HERO AMONG ALL VEG

braised red cabbage

THE MODEST CABBAGE – THE UNSUNG HERO AMONG ALL VEG And yes, we are still cooking. Let’s be honest – some of the “oh crap” kitchen mistakes have turned out (for the most part) to be something outstanding. With the cost of food skyrocketing, most of us are trying to incorporate affordable ingredients. So why not make something altogether different for dinner? Consider the humble yet stalwart cabbage, which is one of the unsung heroes in the veggie arsenal. It…

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THE INDOMITABLE AND TRENDY KALE

KALE AND SAUSAGE CROSTINI

Oh kale, I love thee, let me count the ways. Kale, the veggie titan that’s killing it in every Farmer’s Market and produce department. Thousands of pounds are consumed and purchased worldwide, as it’s the trendiest and most hyped leafy green on the veggie Vogue parade in recent years. Once unappealing and certainly given the bypass, it’s now the number one contender and much revered by all. Packing a big wallop nutritionally, it’s a giant among veggies, as it’s brimming…

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SHAKSHOUKA AND TABBOULEH – EXOTIC MIDDLE EASTERN DISHES

shakshuka

If your background is Middle Eastern, hail from Israel, Lebanon, Syria or Turkey, you’re extremely familiar with Shakshouka.  But most will be scratching the proverbial bean because you’ve never heard of it, let alone tasted it. The origins are nebulous, as there’s always the primeval dispute where a dish generated its roots.  It’s not typically native of the Levantine regions, but as with anything, there are permutations where dishes are recreated from country to country.  In Israel it’s served as…

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PROSCIUTTO, FIG AND BURRATA SALAD

PROSCIUTTO, FIG, BURRATA AND ARUGULA SALAD

Summer has left us and Fall. has made it’s arrival.  All the adult summer toys will be stored for safekeeping in the cooler climes, and the leaves will start turning their vivid and romantic hues of the most colorful and romantic season in the year.  Although in some parts, the stifling and cloying heat is ever pervasive, seemingly hotter than at the beginning of summertime. Some produce stands are still yielding some remarkable jewels.  The farmer’s market around the corner…

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MIDWEEK BLUES – KOREAN NOODLE SALMON SALAD

KOREAN NOODLE SALMON SALAD

Here’s another week of dealing with iterative work deliverables and pushing steadily through for the much-awaited weekend.  You may be contemplating ordering a pizza, but try this noddle salmon salad instead, as it’s assuredly healthier and it delivers exceptional results. The participants can be changed to whatever you have available and there are no back up singers here, because everyone’s a star in the production.  Sautéed veggies, grilled chicken, shrimp, tofu. grilled steak, and why not throw in some pickled onions…

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MIDWEEK BLUES – SPANISH GARLIC SHRIMP

SPANISH GARLIC SHRIMP

MIDWEEK BLUES – SPANISH GARLIC SHRIMP WITH SUMMER SALAD This is a dish that embodies the glorious flavors of Spanish and a tapa found in every bar.  As a rule, the key is to use fresh shrimp, not frozen to obtain the maximum flavor of the prawns.  A dried chili pepper is added for spice, in Spain they are called Guindilla, but a dried Guajillo or red jalapeño are optimal too.  The shrimp are rendered succulent and tender bathed in…

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MIDWEEK BLUES – RUSH HOUR TUNA MELTS  

TUNA MELT

After last week’s 4thof July festivities, which cut the week in half and were as long-lived as the puffs of smoke from the fireworks, we’re again navigating traffic making the dreaded commute.  So, it makes even more sense to cut the midweek blues with an unpretentious, yet sassy sandwich accompanied by a light salad or even better a refreshing slaw. We are in the middle of summer after all. The grilled sandwich revival is in full swing and long gone are…

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SALAD FRESH

SALAD FRESH

With so much farm fresh and organic produce obtainable currently, it is no wonder that salad is a global phenomenon.  Anything and everything is a contender for a salad nowadays.   A stand-alone tuna, chicken or lobster is always noteworthy of mention and a slaw and potato salads have been elevated to a grand Dowager status. I’ve always been a firm believer the ingredients in a salad should contain something green and vibrant.  Let’s face it, the afore mentioned salad…

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