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Lime, Garlic, and Oregano Mojo

• 3/4 cup olive oil<br>• 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice<br>• 3 tablespoons minced garlic<br>• 1 teaspoon<br>• 1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano leaves<br>• 1 1/2 teaspoons …

Audio Mixing

Carrots Slow-Baked on Coffee Beans

It appeared mysteriously spartan on the menu at Coi, Daniel Patterson's ashram for food in San Francisco's North Beach: "Carrots/Coffee." What did it …

Coffee

Essential Grilled Steak with Chopped Fresh Summer Herbs

The crusty char of grilled beef dressed with a mince of bright fresh herbs and a little good-tasting olive oil is a natural for summer. Even if those …

Flash-Sautéed Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

I'm a big fan of cherry tomatoes because you can find reliably flavorful ones even in wintertime. I think the best selection for this sauce is a mix …

Tomatoes

BBQ Shrimp

Note: This dish is prepared only 2 servings at a time because increasing the number of shrimp beyond 12 would require increasing the dish's amount of …

Seafood

Salmon with Capers and Dill

I always have a jar of capers in my fridge - they're a great shortcut to a good punchy flavor. Here, they cut through the rich oily fish. This dish …

Seafood

Five Flavor China Noodles

You probably will never see this dish on a restaurant menu. I married two similar, traditional (but equally unfamiliar) noodle recipes from the work …

Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Avocadoes, and Lime Cilantro Dressing

Even more so than corn on the cob swabbed with butter, when summer comes, I look forward to sweet, nubby corn salads loaded with vegetables and a …

red pepper

Gloria's Black Bean Soup

1. Place the beans in a nonreactive pan. Cover with three quarts water, add the bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the beans …

Iced Cucumber Mint Water

This water, lightly scented with fresh mint and cucumber, is sneakily refreshing. For the full treatment, serve it in a glass icy cold from the …

Flavors

Iced Summer Peaches

1. Layer the peaches or nectarines in an attractive glass serving bowl, sprinkling each strata with a tablespoon or so of sugar. (Use less sugar …

Cheese Gilded Linguine with Smoky Tomatoes

You can buck up the personality of a bowl of pasta by merely switching the order of how grated cheese and tomato sauce are blended with the noodles. …

Lemon-Ginger Cheesecake Truffles

Stack bite-sized lemon cheesecake bites like a tower of snowballs ready for a snowball fight, or in this case, a lemon cheesecake truffle-eating …

Dessert

Spanish Garlic Soup

This soup has the big flavors and full body that are perfect for a winter dinner. It is finished in the oven like French onion soup, but in this …

Plumped Ginger Caramel Shrimp

If there is one recipe in this book guaranteed to have your family moaning with gratitude, this is it. After eating these shrimp a five-year-old has …

Carrot, Avocado, and Orange Salad

This is my Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon salad. The two main ingredients -- carrot and avocado -- might not seem compatible or connected, but your first …

Carrots

Slow Down and Relax Grilled Chicken

If you have ever tried to convince yourself that "black and crusty" is exactly how you like your chicken, then you know first-hand the ambiguous art …

Charred Corn Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

My mom makes a version of this salad every summer. I'll never forget just how sweet the locally grown corn on the cob is. She often tosses in whole …

Chicken with Artichokes in Creamy Mustard Sauce

I love a good skillet dinner. If you think the artichokes might be a deal breaker with the kids -- make it anyway! (Isn't that what this month is …

Dijon Mustard

Simple Seafood

One great thing about having fish for dinner is that it doesn’t take long at all to cook. Served with a couple easy side dishes (such as roasted …

Freshwater Fish with Meyer Lemon and Rosemary

• 2 (6- to 8-ounce each) boneless fillets of freshwater fish such as walleye, perch, or northern pike<br>• Fine sea salt and freshly ground black …

Fish

Bolognese Hot Chocolate

From the court of the Bentivoglio family in Bologna during the 1600s comes this recipe for hot chocolate. Their cook, Giuseppe Lamma, was responding …

Hot Chocolate

Playboy Steak with Preserved Lemon Gremolata

Fire-sizzled, perfectly crusty outside and pink inside -- there is nothing like a giant steak. This one is done in a Mediterranean style, ardently …

Track Down

Grilled Trout

Dressed trout is a whole, scaled fish with the gills and internal organs removed. Most fishmongers will automatically clean and dress fish as it’s …

Grilling

Mahimahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter

The flavor of fish on the grill is always good, but a buttery-rich tomato sauce adds a depth and richness that turns simple grilled fish into an …

Seafood

Three Cup Chicken

The eponymous “cups” in this recipe’s name denote equal parts soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine. It’s a potent, salty and savory braised chicken …

Soysauce

Summer Fruit Pizza with Rosemary Basil

This big, dramatic, open-face fruit tart looks like it just came off the set of an Italian country magazine shoot. Better yet, it’s nearly no work. …

Baking

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Tart, herbaceous, and absolutely addictive, Argentinean chimichurri sauce is the perfect match for the rich beefy flavor of skirt steak -- or any cut …

Cooking

Summer Greens and Peach Salad

So simple, so fresh and so welcoming to any additions you want to bring in like cold poultry, or nuts or fresh herbs. This is the great introduction …

Grill-Roasted Chicken with Tarragon and Garlic

A riff on Alice Waters’ delectable roast chicken recipe from <i>The Simple Art of Food</i>, my grilled version is lightly salted inside and out, stuffed …

Cooking