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The first time I made this dish was an evening last fall when I walked into the butcher’s and said, “I just need something easy for dinner tonight.” Before moving to Scotland, my butcher shop was the gargantuan counter at Whole Foods Market. Being only 5’2″, I was always eye level with the top of the counter, so speaking to the butcher was like talking to a gleaming piece of metal. In contrast, the butcher shop here is the same size as my kitchen, and speaking to the butcher is like talking to an old friend. That day last fall […]

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One of my favorite places to shop in St Andrews is Keracher’s Fish and Game. A family run business, it’s been around since 1925. Their coldwater and shellfish is the super fresh, coming straight from the waters around Scotland. They offer a range of frozen fish and shellfish, smoked haddock and salmon, deli items such as pickled anchovies, herring and sardines, and all the accoutrements to round out your meal. The thing that interested me most however, on a recent visit, was the diced venison shoulder. I’d never cooked with venison – or any other game – but I was […]

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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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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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We’ve been super busy lately, traveling, reading, exploring and visiting friends and cousins. We’ve been to Boston, where we dipped our fingers in the new shark and ray touch-tank at the New England Aquarium; gazed awestruck at the modern Alex Katz prints and ancient gemstone jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts; and got thoroughly inspired by the mechanical sculpture of Arthur Ganson at the MIT Museum. We’ve been picking strawberries (for sorbet) and house-sitting the baby chicks from Stella’s UNC science class. We’ve tried to get in some stargazing, but the weather hasn’t complied…maybe it will for the Venus […]

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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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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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