Veggies

We all have comfort foods we crave again and again. Maybe it’s your mother’s roast chicken, or noodle soup, or freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, still warm and gooey from the oven. I could go on, but I’ll cut to the chase here. One of my top comfort foods is chicken salad. I like it classic, with mayo and celery, or shredded into a Cobb salad. I’ll eat it with a garlicky tahini dressing. I daydream about trying exotic chicken salads, like this one with curry and mango. And I love it combined with another fave comfort food: peanut butter, […]

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These days I’m restless and bored with cooking. I need new inspiration and new dishes. Usually when this happens I start perusing my cookbooks, but right now, my cookbooks are packed into a container ship heading to the UK, along with all my other earthly belongings. That’s right – we’re moving to Scotland in a few weeks. We’ll be living in a little cottage on a 1200 acre cattle farm outside of St Andrews. If you Google the address, you see a map with a lot of green and some tiny white dots. Zoom in, and those dots turn into […]

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These Brussel sprouts are essentially a mash-up of two David Chang recipes. The flavor profile comes from the corn sauteed with miso butter from his Momofuku cookbook, and the cooking method is similar to roasted Brussel sprouts with fish sauce and mint. With a few advance preparations, they come together in just over 30 minutes, making them a great go-to weeknight side dish. (And with my busy schedule, I need more recipes like this.) I admit I didn’t grow up eating Brussel sprouts. Actually, I didn’t get through my 20’s or 30’s eating Brussel sprouts, either. It wasn’t until the last few years […]

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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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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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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 If you’re like me, at this time of year, all you need is an easy meal. You’ve been sitting in traffic, searching for a parking space, shopping mindlessly for one last present. Besides, you’re going to roast a turkey or smoke a ham or steam some crabs before the year is out, but right now? Just make something simple and call it a night. These sweet potato fries are easy-peasy. The key is to buy the right kind of sweet potato. Don’t buy a yam and avoid the big bag of sweet potatoes at Trader Joe’s. They’ll […]

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Oven Roasted Fennel

December 15, 2011

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By Riki Shore This preparation is so simple I almost hate to post it. But it’s also scrumptious, and easy, too. Roasting fennel brings out its natural sweetness, reminiscent of anise or licorice. Read on and you’ll find a go-to side dish that’ll fast become on of your staples. To prepare fennel, trim the stalks just above the bulb. Slice the bulb in half vertically. If the core is protruding from the base, trim this part too. Place each half cut-side down and cut 1/2-inch slices. Now you’re ready to roast your fennel. 2 fennel bulbs 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/4 […]

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By Riki Shore I’ve been lucky enough to eat at the Lazy Ox twice in recent weeks and, although my bank account has suffered, my food inspiration has definitely ratcheted up a notch. One of the mind-blowing dishes I ate there was simply described on the menu as seared fijian albacore with lentils, bacon & apple. I detected syrupy balsamic vinegar and kumquat; the waiter told me there was bacon and pickled apple; and there was definitely a shaving of fennel and what seemed like a golden raisin. It was a complex dish, hitting all the right notes with tastes familiar […]

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By Riki Shore This easy recipe is inspired by one from A.O.C. in Los Angeles. My version is a lot less spicy and makes a serving for 3 – 4 people – perfect for a small family. When I want Stella to try a new vegetable, I like to be able to say, “Try it, you’ll like it,” and know that I’m being truthful. If I douse a veggie in paprika, cayenne, or chili powder, I can’t really say that in good faith. Here, cumin and coriander provide warmth without being spicy hot, and red wine vinegar gives it a […]

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