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How to cook the perfect stir fry

There are certain cooking techniques that don’t come as second nature if you haven’t grown up with them.<p>I didn’t even taste Chinese food until I was 20, so stir-frying is not in my blood. But when I ate a dish of stir-fried greens cooked by food writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge that was so delicious I …

Tom Kerridge's ultimate ham and cheese toastie

It's Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day today, so what could be better for lunch?<p>This toastie is a play on Welsh rarebit and an adaptation of what I think is the best ever recipe for it, created by the great Gary Rhodes.<p>The recipe does make more topping mixture than you need, but it freezes brilliantly – …

Authentic guacamole recipe, approved by Wahaca experts

This wonderful guacamole recipe comes from chef Thomasina Miers, the co-founder of Wahaca, the chain of Mexican restaurants.<p>Guacamole is the Aztec for 'avocado’ (guac) and 'sauce’ (mole). The secret is to use ripe avocados, and masses of fresh coriander and lime. Season well and eat, knowing that …

Roasted beetroot tart with thyme, olives and Parmesan recipe

This beetroot tart with crème fraîche and Parmesan is a real winner<p>If you can’t find beetroot still with the leaves on, a couple of handfuls of spinach is a worthy alternative. I like to use the pretty pink candy cane beetroots for this recipe, but the deep red ones are also</b> …

Fire up the Grill for These Crispy Caramel Chicken Skewers

I'm not sure what the science is behind it, but I can tell you with certainty that food just tastes better when it's served on a stick. Chicken, especially, is a favorite for grilling up skewer-style. While my mind typically jumps straight to barbecue sauce for chicken kebabs, I have a real soft …

Simon Majumdar's Red Lentil Dahl (Life Saving Dahl)

Simon Majumdar's dahl recipe can't be beat! We served it atop red rice with mint leaves and yogurt. For the story behind the dish, see the 5 Quick …

Cappuccino Cheesecake Bars

<i>Did you make this recipe?</i><p><b>Yield:</b> 16 bars<p><b>Prep:</b><p>30 minutes<p><b>Cook:</b><p>35 minutes<p><b>Total:</b><p>4 hours<p>Creamy cheesecake bars spiked with espresso powder and topped with …

Stir-Fried Chow Mein With Four Vegetables Recipe

For me, a dim sum brunch isn't complete without a plate of Supreme Soy Sauce Chow Mein. A simple dish of stir-fried thin noodles cooked with bean sprouts and scallions, it's cooked with just a bit of thin, soy-based sauce that coats the noodles in a concentrated layer of flavor. I turn this snack …

Fresh Cucumber Noodles with Cashews and Mint

Here in the South, we are about to be completely overrun with cucumbers. Summertime yields so many pounds of them from the few plants that we have at …

Artichoke Leek Frittata Recipe

Frittatas, as simple as they seem, can be a challenge to pull off well. The secret to a perfect frittata, or almost any egg dish for that matter, is</i> …

Easter Sides: The Best Macaroni Salad Ever & Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad

Today I woke up to a downpour. It was my turn to take the dog out. My umbrella was in my husband’s car, where he put it roughly 8 years ago. I do not …

Roasted Indian-Spiced Vegetables and Chickpeas with Raisins

This quick and easy vegan entrée is economical and crowd-pleasing. Seek out garam masala (Indian spice blend) without salt, and prep the other …

French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts From 'My Paris Kitchen'

I love lentil salads. They're hearty, healthy, and (most importantly) resilient, holding up well for days in the fridge. I make a huge batch of some sort of lentil salad at least every couple of weeks and dip into the bowl for snacks and lunches just about every day. David Lebovitz's version of the …