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Flat-Roasted Chicken with Tomato Jus

27 Sep

Every cook has a method for roasted chicken–and just about every cook will tell you what a simple yet important recipe it is. Roast chicken is almost never bad, but it can be truly incredible if you do it right. There are a lot of great ways to make it. My method is a combination of a few key tips from some of my favorite roast chicken recipes, (namely Zuni Cafe’s and Mad Hungry’s) plus a lot of practice roasting of chickens over the years. While the roasting method is basically always the same, you can finish the dish a number of ways. Here, I’ve made a simple tomato pan sauce, creating a nice summer-into-fall kind of dinner. Continue reading



1 Sep

As I mentioned, I was in Sicily on vacation for the better part of August. My husband’s parents live there, and have a great five-unit place right across from the beach on the Southeastern coast. We had our own little apartment with a full kitchen and a washing machine (unfortunately, dryers are rare!), so I was able to cook a lot, and made a lot of Sicilian dishes while I was there. My mother-in-law stocked our fridge before we arrived–so I had all the ingredients to make classic caponata. (This cracked me up, since many of the ingredients–like salted capers–would almost surely require a special trip to the market in the US, but here, they’re staples. That’s how you know you’re cooking the right things while abroad!) Continue reading

Homemade “Magic Shell”

3 Jun

Remember “Magic Shell” ice cream topping? That super-sweet chocolate coating that magically hardened into a crisp “shell” the second it hit the ice cream was a favorite when I was growing up. Turns out, it’s super easy to make yourself. Continue reading

Grilling Topping: Sauteed Peppers

10 Aug

When garnishing grilled hot dogs and sausage ketchup and mustard might do the trick. But the markets are positively bursting with peppers right now–why not try a few varieties in this simple sauteed dish? Continue reading

Feta-Stuffed Lamb Burgers with Spicy Cucumber Relish

30 Jul

Here’s another recipe from a recent project I did. These juicy lamb burgers are filled with feta cheese and flavored with red onion and herbs. If you make them, don’t skip the spicy cucumber relish. It adds a cooling crunch to the burgers, along with a pleasant dose of heat. If you’re not a lamb fan, these would be just as delicious made with beef.

Recipe: Feta-Stuffed Lamb Burgers with Spicy Cucumber Relish

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