lunch

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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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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This time of year all I want to do is cook on the grill. We’ve been lucky in North Carolina. We’ve had a true spring, complete with cool days and warm breezes and, for the most part, an absence of mosquitoes. It’s about to change, but right now, the weather is perfect for ducking out the back door and throwing a steak on a hot grill. Skirt steak works well with all kinds of marinades, but especially those that contain citrus, vinegar or tamari. The acid in the marinade helps break down the tough fibers of the steak, making the […]

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Curried Tuna Salad

April 26, 2012

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By Riki Shore When we lived in Los Angeles, I’d treat myself to Intelligentsia coffee as often as I could afford it. No matter how often I stopped in, I made it a point never to eat there. They didn’t offer anything other than stale-looking breakfast pastries, none of which were gluten-free. When they opened their Pasadena location, they ventured into the world of food service, offering a full lunch menu catered by an outside source. I still didn’t take the food seriously, figuring that a place that serves such good coffee couldn’t also master food service. But it stayed […]

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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 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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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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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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Classic Chicken Salad

January 21, 2012

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By Riki Shore Sometimes you need some comfort food. Like maybe after a cross-country move? When you’re still jet-lagged, not used to the new house or the cold weather? For me, chicken salad has always been a comforting lunch. Yesterday I roasted a couple of chicken breasts while unpacking some boxes. Then I mixed up a very simple, classic chicken salad. This was partially because I hadn’t unpacked any spices yet, and partially because I was craving simplicity. I dressed a bed of greens with mustard vinaigrette and topped it with chicken salad. This afternoon I topped the whole shebang with dried cranberries […]

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