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Category: Side Dishes

Melissa Clark’s Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Tarragon Tart

Melissa Clark’s Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Tarragon Tart

The time is right to make this terrific recipe right now. This is a fantastic tart. And it’s right of the moment because it works best with Spring’s earliest and thin-stalk Asparagus. We used both Green and Red Asparagus in ours.  And then there’s the…

A visit to the C.I.A., A recipe for a True Tuscan Bread Salad and one for a Lower Gluten Salad made with Wheatberries!!

A visit to the C.I.A., A recipe for a True Tuscan Bread Salad and one for a Lower Gluten Salad made with Wheatberries!!

The thrill of being invited to participate in a three-day adventure at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley, California branch is about as good as it gets. Especially if you’re a self-taught home cook.  And the experience exceeded every imaginable expectation I had. How…

Dinner Party Dishes:  Vegetable Biryani

Dinner Party Dishes: Vegetable Biryani

After I published this post, I shared it on Jonell Galloway’s Facebook page “Culinary Travel by Jonell Galloway, The Rambling Epicure”.  One of  Jonell’s readers got involved when I mentioned the multiple spellings of “biryani” and Jonell asked whether it was the English spelling of…

Watermelon Blueberry and Radish Salad with Laura Chenel’s Goat Cheese Medallions

Watermelon Blueberry and Radish Salad with Laura Chenel’s Goat Cheese Medallions

Salad lovers are in sheer heaven now and will be through the rest of the summer.  The ingredients for perfect salads are everywhere. And the earliest part of the season yields the tenderest of greens. Arugula has its bite but it’s far from bitter which…

Mushrooms in Yogurt Cream with Dill: The first Christmas Cookbook yields a great new addition to Chewing The Fat

Mushrooms in Yogurt Cream with Dill: The first Christmas Cookbook yields a great new addition to Chewing The Fat

I have several partners in crime on Chewing The Fat.  The most obvious one is Andrew. He contributes regularly and is basically responsible for everything baked on the blog.  Behind the scenes, his sister, Lauren is a big supporter.  She uses a lot of the…

Are these the Best Brussels Sprouts Ever? Ilili’s Brussels Sprouts

Are these the Best Brussels Sprouts Ever? Ilili’s Brussels Sprouts

Last Saturday, we went downtown to Ilili which has the distinction of being the top Lebanese restaurant in New York.  That being said, Lebanese restaurants aren’t exactly a dime a dozen here.  In fact, in all of New York there are only 10 places serving…

Roasted Garlic and Tarragon Brioche Pudding from Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully of London’s NOPI Restaurant

Roasted Garlic and Tarragon Brioche Pudding from Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully of London’s NOPI Restaurant

My Inspiration. It was a night I wanted to cook something special just for the two of us.  I opened the pages of the book and there in front of me was an utterly attainable plate with a single crispy-skinned chicken breast, some very green…

Hot or Cold Corn and Snap Pea Salad

      The Comfort Family Farm Stand on Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton NY As much as I love sweet corn and as much as I’ll eat of it between now and the first frost, I am no fan of corn on the cob. I find…

Thanksgiving Way Out West: Beautiful Beets

Thanksgiving Way Out West: Beautiful Beets

         We have had a lot of Thanksgivings that weren’t at home. I’ve always volunteered to cook and love doing it. The first-ever Thanksgiving with my son Alex and his family was one I will never forget.  It was my first West Coast Thanksgiving. I…

Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Gratin Adapted for Thanksgiving Way Out West

         I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Of all Ina Garten’s cookbooks, “Barefoot in Paris” (Clarkson Potter 2004) was the least successful in terms of sales.  That came as a complete surprise to me because I find it one of the best “French”…

Ina Garten’s Ode to Marcella Hazan: Sicillian Grilled Swordfish and Ina’s recipe for Confetti Corn

Victor and Marcella Hazan There is a sad anniversary this week.  It’s been a year since the world lost Marcella Hazan, that wonderfully giving Italian food prophet with whom I struck up a friendship over the internet.  Fortunately, when you are as good as Marcella,…

Zucchini Corn and Parmesan Fritters

         I’ve always gotten a kick out of stories of massive Zucchini crops suddenly emerging in August and causing their growers to wonder what on earth to do with all of them.  When I was in Elementary School, I distinctly remember a classmate whose mother’s…

Smoked Prime Rib on the Grill, Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto and Tortini of Zucchini

Smoked Prime Rib on the Grill, Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto and Tortini of Zucchini

        The lovely and extremely talented Elizabeth Karmel The 4th of July is upon us and there’s never a better time to fire up the grill and celebrate the joy of being an American.  And there’s almost nothing more American than beef.  And…