Entrees

Porterhouse Steak

April 22, 2012

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By Riki Shore One of the best things about homeschooling is that we can do what we want when we want. Last year Rob travelled about every eight weeks and we almost never tagged along because of Stella’s school schedule. This year we decided to change that. When Rob began planning a week in Washington, DC, I started plotting out a week’s worth of free museums and monuments, and visits with cousins. Last week in DC we managed to see the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the White House, as well as the Hope Diamond at the Museum of […]

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Adobo Chicken

April 3, 2012

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By Riki Shore I came across this recipe for Filipino-flavored chicken drumsticks one night back in December, when I had bought a “family pack” of drumsticks from Whole Foods with no plan or idea of how to cook them. I almost always buy a whole bird so that I get the benefit of the bones and organs to use for stock. But I had been to a friend’s house and she was cooking drumsticks. They looked so cute and cheerful. And easy. Before I knew it, they were in my cart. Once home, I looked at the drumsticks, perplexed, like […]

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By Riki Shore Tahini is not one of my pantry staples. I don’t know why. I like the flavor of it – kind of earthy and tangy with a luxuriant mouth feel from the fat in the sesame seeds. It pairs so well with lemon and garlic that it brightens up almost any dish. Last week I bought a tub of tahini to make a kale salad I had read about. It was great on the kale – definitely try that one. But once the kale was eaten, I still had nearly a cup of tahini dressing to contend with. […]

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By Riki Shore Earlier this month marked the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit the Tohoku region of Japan. Mass evacuations and ruined homes disrupted lives and created support communities across Japan and abroad. Tens of thousands of people remain refugees, living in encampments that no doubt stopped seeming temporary long ago. Some will never return home. People across the world strained to offer help in any way they could. In her Tokyo apartment, cookbook author and educator Elizabeth Andoh, born in the US but making Japan her home for more than 40 years, resolved […]

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Asian Beef Braise

March 20, 2012

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By Riki Shore The other day I was flipping through an issue of Food & Wine when I came across a recipe for Asian beef shanks. It called for browning the shanks, then cooking them on the stovetop, but I immediately thought I could adapt it to the slow cooker. Doing so meant I could prep it in the morning and come home to a fully prepared meal at dinnertime. A lot of Asian-inspired dishes are a balance of sweet and savory, achieved by adding sugar to marinades and sauces. This particular recipe (most likely more American than Asian) called […]

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By Riki Shore Sometimes you need shortcuts. I don’t like to do it, but this week I needed it. I don’t know what it is about Daylight Savings Time. It’s only one hour, but every six months I feel like I’ve flown across the ocean and back. I stumble around the kitchen in the morning, but can’t get to sleep at night. I’m restless and antsy and unfocused. On top of that, winter turned into summer here in North Carolina. The temps went up into the 80s and, for the first time in a couple of years, it was humid […]

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By Riki Shore Although not local to any of the 48 mainland states, pineapple is a great winter fruit. It’s high in manganese, vitamin C and bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion. Pineapple’s sweet-tart flavor is a welcome addition to many dishes: it can be used as a marinade for pork, baked with sugar and vanilla for dessert, or sliced raw for snacking. When I buy pineapple, I test it for ripeness first by plucking a center leaf from its top, which should come off easily. Then I turn it upside down and sniff the bottom, which should smell […]

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Wild Salmon Salad

February 24, 2012

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By Riki Shore When Rob was working at home, we had the luxury of eating lunch together several times a week. We’d often have a hot meal: grilled chicked salad or lamb burgers or fritatta stuffed with swiss chard. Now that he’s working in an office again, he needs to pack a lunch. Of course, there’s a cafeteria where he can supplement his packed lunch, but that gets expensive in a hurry, so I try to have some lunchbox staples on hand. Around our house, Rob takes care of breakfast, usually fried eggs for Stella and an omelet for me. […]

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By Riki Shore We’ve had so many days in the 50s and 60s this winter, it almost hasn’t felt like winter at all. But today snow is in the forecast and the mercury isn’t rising above 40. Given that it’s Sunday afternoon with nothing much to do, it’s a perfect day to make chicken stock, roast some vegetables, or stir up a pot of beef stew. About two weeks ago we were invited to a potluck where the host had a pot simmering on the stove. The whole house was filled with the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cloves and […]

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Spicy Asian Slaw

February 13, 2012

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By Riki Shore I love this slaw inspired by the Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges. It’s crunchy, fresh, minty, sweet and spicy all at the same time. And if you have some staples on hand, like rice vinegar, limes and fish sauce, it’s a snap to make. In the cookbook, this slaw serves as a bed for marinated, grilled chicken breasts, or chicken paillard, as the French say. It’s terrific with the chicken, but I like it even better tossed with thin slices of leftover steak, which makes an inexpensive and nutritious lunch. Just be sure to toss the dressing no […]

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