Provençal Cherry Tomato Gratin

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I served this dish for a dinner party a couple of weeks ago, but we inhaled every last bit of it so I didn’t get a photo. Technically, I didn’t make it. My friends had to make it because although my husband and I love to entertain, I don’t think I’ve ever thrown a dinner […]

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Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lemon

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My husband’s aunt recently had some dental work done and she’s a huge fan of my soup.  Her favorite is this Lemon Parsley-and-Egg Soup, so I made her a batch of that, and I also made her a batch of this carrot soup. I love the soup. It’s quite healthy, and a great way to […]

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Smoky Caprese Panini

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It’s a cold and rainy night in NYC.  A good night to stay inside.  It’s the kind of night where I’d get a roaring fire going if we had a fireplace.  I’ve mentioned before that one of my sons won’t eat meat because he can’t stand the thought of hurting an animal, so we’ve been […]

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Lots O'Meat Lasagna

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If you like a meaty, cheesy, hearty lasagna, this is a terrific recipe.   I make it annually on Halloween when some friends come over with their children for trick or treating.   I also make it when I want something I can make in advance to serve a crowd.  I have been making it for years, […]

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Shrimp Stew with Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro

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This is a perfect Thai-inspired weeknight meal. The preparation is quick and the result is delicious. I love almost anything with coconut milk and cilantro, such a great combination. I served this over brown rice which sopped up the sauce nicely. My husband loved this. Boys wouldn’t go near it.

Shrimp Stew with Coconut Milk, Tomatoes […]

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Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna

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My sister-in-law moved from Shelter Island to Chapel Hill, NC and we had a farewell dinner for her.   I wanted to make something in advance that I could throw into the oven when we saw her because I didn’t want to miss any conversation by standing in the kitchen cooking.   I usually make a lasagna […]

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Italian-Style Eggplant

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I received a single eggplant from my CSA last Saturday. My sister Gail was visiting and she told me that she had recently made eggplant stacks, so I decided to give them a try. I also remembered seeing an article earlier this summer in the NY Times about different ways to grill eggplant. You can […]

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Grilled Chicken with Pesto and Marinated Tomatoes

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I love quick, flavorful summer meals and this is one of them. I modified the recipe below slightly. It was easy to start with, but I wanted to make it easier so I didn’t bother butterflying/pounding the chicken. I also cheated and bought some pre-made pesto. I dumped the pesto into a bowl, forgot to […]

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Tomato Peanut Soup

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When I worked downtown, I would often grab lunch at Hale and Hearty Soup, a place that offered about 10 different kinds of soup each day. My favorite was the Senegalese Peanut soup. It was a vegetable soup with a kick of cayenne that tasted strongly of peanuts. It also had some chicken in it. […]

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Baked Flounder with Tomatoes and Basil

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This is a great end-of-summer meal (which I’m a little late in posting).  It’s quick, easy and full of flavor, and it’s a great way to use up the extra tomatoes that you have at the end of the summer if you have a garden.   I got my tomatoes at the farmer’s market, some traditional […]

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