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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Fig Salad with Creamy Miso-Mandarin Dressing

Fig season has arrived! Celebrate these honey-scented fruits with a hearty salad of arugula, bacon, brioche croutons, pecans, and a creamy miso-mandarin dressing. For a vegetarian version, simply omit the bacon and cook the croutons in an oil of your choice. Why miso works Don’t fear the addition of miso in this recipe as you likely…

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Smashed Potatoes with Okonomiyaki Toppings

Smashed potatoes, Okonomiyaki style! I love savory pancakes, and Japanese Okonomiyaki are one of the best out there. While the pancakes themselves are to die for, I get the most excited about all the fun toppings that take the dish to the next level. Here, we take shatteringly crisp smashed potatoes and top them with…

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Vinegary Black Bean Steak with Sichuan Peppercorn Oil

This dish comes together with the help of a few Chinese pantry staples: sweet chinkiang vinegar, tingly sichuan peppercorns, umami-forward garlic black bean sauce, and shaoxing wine. If you don’t already keep these ingredients in stock, head to your local asian market to pick them up. They all last for awhile in the pantry and…

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Steamed Fish with Tamarind Nuoc Cham

In this recipe, the punchy flavors of tamarind and Vietnamese nuoc cham provide the perfect counterpart to buttery soft steamed fish. Nuoc Cham: the Vietnamese dipping sauce for Just about everything Made from fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, and chilies, nuoc cham acts as the perfect sweet/salty/sour counterpart to many of Vietnam’s most famous…

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Braised Cod in Tomato Fish Sauce Broth

When I make tomato salad, I find myself slurping up the salty tomato juice and oil mixture that remains at the bottom of the bowl. I wanted to create a soup based on this flavor profile, while still keeping it light and fresh for summer. Enter this braised cod, poached gently in an ethereally light…

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Snap Peas with Buttermilk, Ginger, and Sesame Dressing

Snap peas, sliced thin and extra crunchy, are one of my favorite spring and early summer treats. Here, we dress them in a tangy buttermilk-sesame-ginger number for a sophisticated spin on ranch. Top with lots of chili crisp and extra sesame oil for the perfect healthy (but not too healthy) side dish. Chili crisp: the…

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Tomatoes with Preserved Lemon and Pepper Relish

I’ve waxed poetic on the magic of ultra plump and juicy summer tomatoes before, and this dish is perfect for showcasing the bright, punchy flavor of the fruit at its finest. Salted tomatoes, swimming in a vinaigrette of their own juices, are topped with a piquant mixture of preserved lemon, roasted red peppers, pine nuts,…

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Japanese Tamago Sando with Kimchi

Classic tamago sando, but add kimchi. That’s it! Luxuriously creamy, funky, and a bit spicy, it’s only as difficult to make as plopping some eggs in boiling water and setting a timer. Japanese egg sandwiches are not complicated or revolutionary, but their magic lies in their ability to transport you to childhood memories of mayo-laden…

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Salmon Crudo with Meyer Lemon Ponzu and Apple Salsa

Summer means not wanting to turn on the oven, and this salmon crudo with meyer lemon ponzu is a stunning centerpiece for a hot day. Crunchy radishes, sweet and crisp apples, and punchy jalepenos add the perfect contrast to the buttery raw salmon. The subtly smokey and citrusy ponzu sauce comes together in a matter…

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Miso Caesar Salad with Crispy Panko

Classic Caesar salad is already an umami bomb thanks to briny anchovies and Worcester sauce. Here, we add a hefty dose of miso to the dressing for a sweet/salty twist. Instead of croutons, try these buttery, lemony panko breadcrumbs for the perfect crunch to lettuce ratio. Making the panko crumble Making traditional croutons involves cutting…

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Fattoush Salad with Halloumi Croutons

An Arabic bread salad, Fattoush traditionally combines toasted stale flatbread and lots of fresh vegetables. Here, we replace the flatbread with crispy oozy halloumi for a stunningly easy and healthy dinner or lunch. What makes Halloumi Special Halloumi, a semi hard cheese made from sheep’s and goat’s milk, has a very high melting point. When…

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