Smoky Eggplant Pasta with Spicy Breadcrumbs

This pasta has a secret, a savory smoky secret. At first glance, the sauce appears to be a standard tomato-cream concoction, when in reality it gets a serious boost of flavor from charred eggplant mash. You start the process the same way you would make baba ganoush: charring whole eggplants on the grill until the…

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Crispy Shredded Brussels with Za’atar, Pomegranate, and Feta

We all know that shredded brussels are great for salads, but did you know you can roast them up nice and crispy as well? The brussels get sweet and tender in the oven, which pairs well with pomegranate, feta, mint, and lots of za’atar. How to Shred Brussels Sprouts You can buy pre-shredded brussels in…

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tomato tartine

Tomato Tartine with Labneh, Toasted Cumin, Lime, and Mint

I love a quick and easy work from home lunch, and a tomato tartine is a perfect end of summer treat. Here, we top thick slices of country bread with a generous slathering of creamy labneh and tomatoes seasoned with toasted cumin, lime, and mint. Tomato Tartine: French Fancy Toast At its core, a tartine…

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wede salad

Wedge Salad with Sheep’s Milk Cheese, Anchovy Breadcrumbs, and Tarragon Vinaigrette

Here’s my take on the classic wedge salad: creamy french feta, anchovy-almond breadcrumbs, and tangy tarragon vinaigrette top perfect slices of crisp lettuce.   The Magic of French Feta French feta is often produced with 100% sheep’s milk. It’s milder and creamier than it’s Greek and Bulgarian cousins, and often has a texture that more closely…

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hondashi BLT

Hondashi BLT

Want to make your BLT tomatoes taste more intense and tomato-y? Season them with hondashi, aka instant dashi granules!  Hondashi: the secret to instant umami Kombu (a dried seaweed) and bonito flakes (dried and fermented tuna) are the two primary ingredients in dashi: the umami-forward and slightly smoky soup base that flavors some of Japan’s…

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Silken Zucchini Soup with Calabrian Chili Oil

This humble zucchini soup has a secret. It’s delectably creamy and silky without using any cream. The secret ingredient? Silken tofu! I like to use a little butter for flavor, but you can certainly keep this soup 100% vegan by using dairy free butter or olive oil. The silken tofu not only adds texture, but…

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Crudo with Yuzu Kosho and Tomatillos

What’s better than a perfectly chilled crudo in the summertime? Here, sashimi grade fish bathes in a flavor-packed elixir of seasonal tomatillos and spicy yuzu kosho. A note on “sashimi grade” Because we’re barely cooking the fish here, you want to source the freshest fish possible. While there is absolutely nothing “legal” about the term…

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Crispy Skin Salmon with Miso Corn Puree and Tomatoes

Is there anything better than a perfectly seared crispy skin salmon? Here we pair the succulent fish with an umami forward and buttery miso corn puree and a subtly spicy tomato salad. Mastering Crispy Skin Salmon I love an easy marinaded baked salmon, but sometimes a perfect medium rare, pan seared fish with shatteringly crispy…

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zucchini with salsa macha

Zucchini Tacos with Queso Oaxaca and Salsa Macha

Put this veggie taco in your weekly rotation! Crisp tortillas are topped with blistered queso Oacaxa, grilled summer zucchini, and lots of rich and smoky salsa macha. Salsa macha: Mexico’s “chili crisp” A rich oil based sauce from Veracruz, salsa macha typically features a mixture of nuts, seeds, and dried chillies. Its unctuous and subtly…

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roasted eggplants

Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Ranch and Hazelnut Gremolata

Don’t let corn and tomatoes overshadow prime eggplant season! Here, we roast smaller Italian eggplants until caramelized and serve them with a creamy tahini buttermilk dressing (or tahini “ranch,” if you will), a bright and crunchy hazelnut gremolata, and tongue-prickly chili oil.  Sourcing Eggplants Eggplants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, though most…

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tomato salad

Spicy Corn Tomato Salad with Anchovies

Here’s a tomato salad to celebrate the height of tomato season! Sweet grilled corn, flavor-packed summer tomatoes, roasted garlic, spicy Calabrian chilies, fresh basil, and lots of briny salty anchovies–It doesn’t get much better than this! Not a fan of anchovies? You can certainly omit them, but I recommend trying adding just a few. They…

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