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Category: Weeknight Dinners

Orecchiete with Spring Greens in 25 Minutes Start to Finish

The way it works in our house is that I leave the recipe for whatever I am making for dinner sitting conspicuously on the kitchen counter.  It’s the first thing Andrew sees when he gets home and walks into the kitchen.  The only advance warning […]

Beef with Broccoli and Fried Rice

Gai Lan, Chinese Broccoli. I love Beef with Broccoli. It was one of the first Chinese dishes I ate when I came to New York.  Those were the days before Hunan and Szechuan restaurants took over from their Cantonese forbearers and forever changed the way […]

Bobby Flay’s Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

Bobby Flay’s Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

I like Bobby Flay.  For quite a few years, I worked above his ‘store’. That would be his late lamented Mesa Grill. At Mesa, his take on Southwestern cuisine virtually introduced New York to the flavors of that part of the country.  Of course, along […]

Chicken Marsala

When I served Chicken Marsala one recent weeknight, Andrew asked if I was working on Italian restaurant classics.  As part of its 150th issue, Saveur magazine had published a collection of 150 Classic Recipes which ran the gamut from Buffalo wings to Middle Eastern Kibbeh, […]

Easiest-Ever Sausage and Potato Pan Roast

Who really wants to cook up a storm this week?  This is a week when we’d prefer to take a breather before heading into the weekend’s New Year’s celebration. Sign up for this particular recipe and you’ll be rewarded—not just with time saved—but with a […]

Steak Hache, an homage to Joe Allen’s Chopped Steak

       Our favorite restaurants often share one thing in common.  We go there without ever having to look at the menu.  We know the moment we walk in the door what we are going to order.  There’s the linguine  with clam sauce at West Bank […]

Gemelli with Broccolini, Sriracha and Sweet Sausage

         There are times when all I crave for dinner is a big bowl of pasta and the infinite possibilities it presents.  First of all there are the almost unlimited varieties of pasta spanning all shapes and sizes and textures.  From tiny orzo all the […]

Quick Chicken Kiev from Grace Parisi

Grace Parisi in her Brooklyn NY kitchen The word “Quick” is a dog whistle when you write a blog like this.  Knowing how time-pressured most people are, when I see it  attached to any recipe, at the very least it requires a look.  And when […]

Ruth Reichl’s "Favorite" Recipe from "My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life"

A short time ago, we went to the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan (344 Amsterdam Ave, NY NY 10023 Tel: (646) 505-4444). Judging from the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies, the place has a robust culinary arts program in addition to all its other […]

Braised Chicken with Asparagus, Peas and Melted Leeks

Braised Chicken with Asparagus, Peas and Melted Leeks

         A braise may not strike you as a Spring preparation at all.  Aren’t braises hearty affairs that build flavor by the hours they spend in the oven?  Aren’t they winter warmers and not something you’d expect to see any time after May 1st?  Well […]

Seared Lamb Chops with Anchovies, Capers and Sage

Melissa Clark, Creator of great, simple recipes          For a quick dinner with a little bit of panache, a lamb chop is just the ticket.  I’m particularly fond of Costco’s loin lamb chops that have been perfectly trimmed. Two or three of these at a […]

Definitely not your Mother’s Tuna Casserole with Dill and Potato Chips from Andy Baraghani in Bon Appetit

Andy Baraghani of Bon Appetit Yes, I really did cook this.  I know, I know, I know.  But there was something almost primal in its appeal.  Oddly, I didn’t grow up anywhere near a Tuna casserole.   It might have been grounds for divorce in our […]

Thomas Keller’s Fall from Grace…Is this recipe his redemption?

Chef Thomas Keller Last week the unthinkable happened. Thomas Keller is surely one of the most famous of all American chefs. His  “The French Laundry” in Yountville, CA was called “the best restaurant in the world, period” by Anthony Bourdain. Chef Keller’s other offerings sealed […]

Florence Fabricant’s Fettucine with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Florence Fabricant’s Fettucine with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Florence Fabricant Is the asparagus better than ever this year?  Or is it just more welcome than ever?  How did it manage to poke its heads through ground that remained frozen far later this year than last?  And, once thawed, how did those same shoots survive […]