Appetizers

There’s frost on the ground in the mornings and a big fire stoked in our wood stove. The nights are drawing in and when it’s clear there are more stars visible than I thought possible. Scotland in October is beautiful. At the butcher, mutton has arrived, specifically from the famed Scottish Black Faced sheep. You know these guys, the ones with horns that curl like cinnamon buns on either side of their adorable black faces? These herds live in the most unspoiled countryside in Britain, feeding on heather, wild grasses, berries and the clear waters of the burns. Burns? That’d […]

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This recipe is so simple I almost don’t want to post it. But I get so many compliments on this guacamole and it’s a snap to make…why not share it? The key here is to use ripe avocados, and add a lot more salt and lime juice than you think you need. Really. You need more salt and acid to kick up the flavor of the avocado. You don’t need garlic, cilantro or tomatoes. These will just detract from the natural creaminess of the fruit. The salt and acid, on the other hand, will accentuate the delicious texture and flavor […]

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By Riki Shore This time of year is packed with celebrations: birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and, of course, Hanukkah. Growing up, Hanukkah meant we didn’t celebrate Christmas. We didn’t eat cookies, or candy canes, or chocolates, or even little oranges. We didn’t get an enormous tree and decorate it with sparkling lights and delicate ornaments. We didn’t get extravagant gifts like new cars, jewelry or bikes. We didn’t even get a present each night for eight nights. We got dreidels and, sometimes, Hanukkah gelt. We got a practical present on the first night, and most of the time a […]

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By Riki Shore Rounding out Rob’s 40th birthday dinner a couple of weeks ago was this delicious grilled shrimp appetizer (to go with the short ribs and chocolate pots de creme). This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks, Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges. The spice mixture on the shrimp is so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. It’s only ground star anise with a few red pepper flakes. It has just a hint of spice to go with the warmth. Store any leftover spice mixture in a airtight container and try it on other […]

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