summer

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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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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By Riki Shore My policy these days is to not eat dessert unless it’s a special occasion. Luckily, those come around fairly often! This past weekend we celebrated my mother’s birthday with a true Sunday lunch. We had a rack of lamb roasted with herbs and garlic, roasted asparagus and kabocha squash. For dessert, I made a coffee ice cream (my mom’s favorite), but it didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. Thankfully, I made a second dessert, as I’m wont to do, and it was outstanding – a strawberry sorbet made with berries that Stella and […]

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By Riki Shore Inspired by the late peaches at our farmer’s market, I scoured my cookbooks recently for a peach recipe that wasn’t a dessert. I wanted to combine the sweetness of the fruit with something savory, spicy and even a little acidic. Deborah Madison’s wonderful cookbook Local Flavors has a recipe for Spiced Peaches that contains just a tablespoon of sweet balsamic vinegar. I decided to use this as a starting point, adding a few more ingredients and cooking the mixture longer to break down the peaches. The resulting chutney is delicious. We’ve spooned it over grilled chicken and […]

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By Riki Shore In April of this year, Andrea Reusing published her first cookbook, Cooking in the Moment. Reusing is the chef and owner of the Chapel Hill, NC restaurant Lantern, one of my favorite places to eat in the Triangle, so I was eager to try out her recipes. The whole book is worthwhile, but the most interesting section for me was the one on pickling fruits and vegetables. I couldn’t wait until the end of summer to try these pickled figs. Figs seem to grow all over the place near my house. The bakery right next door as […]

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By Riki Shore What the heck is confit? How do you pronounce it? And what does it have to do with tomatoes anyway? Tomatoes are at their sweetest this time of year in southern California and, while I don’t like eating raw tomatoes, I love them cooked, stewed, and sun-dried. I came across this recipe from one of my favorite professional chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. He consistently makes the most flavorful food with the fewest ingredients – which is not to say that all his recipes call for five or six ingredients. Some of them have a list a dozen, or […]

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By Riki Shore Here in LA, the temperature has been over 100 for a few days, with more excessive heat to come. The best way to beat the heat, not pay exorbitant AC bills, and still enjoy home-cooked meals is to do your cooking early in the day, then serve a cold supper. I’m always looking for new composed salads, especially at this time of the year. I need recipes that pack a punch of flavor, calories and nutrition. My four most-dreaded words at 6:30 every night: “But I’m still hungry!” issued by my adorable 6 year old. This Cobb […]

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By Riki Shore We planted fresh mint in a self-watering container this summer and it grew like gangbusters before the real heat set in. Once it started getting truly hot every afternoon, I realized that the time to harvest the mint was upon us. Maybe it was the summer heat, or all the talk of raw dairy recently, or maybe it was just that Stella’s favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. Who knows? All I know is I made one delicious batch of ice cream last week. Homemade ice cream won’t last as long in the freezer as store-bought […]

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By Riki Shore Late summer is the time to celebrate corn and all its crunchy sweetness. Arguably one of the best ways to eat it is straight off the cob, preferably grilled – but, hey, a microwaved ear of corn can still be delicious – with butter, sea salt and lime. Corn contains many of the same plant proteins as wheat, which means it can irritate the gut lining and be difficult to digest. You’ll have to determine how much corn is the right amount for you, but I think indulging in a little corn fest when it’s at the […]

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Creamy Dijon Slaw

August 16, 2011

in Recipes,Veggies

By Riki Shore Saveur recently did an entire issue devoted to BBQ, where every recipe was more enticing than the last. We’ve had Carolina ‘cue, Austin brisket, Kansas City ribs, and we’re looking forward to eating some East LA barbacoa. In Saveur’s issue there were pages and pages of side dishes and sauces, all of which looked authentic, and most of which looked worth trying. Above is my take on their Tennessee-Style Mustard Coleslaw. In the picture above, it’s topped with grilled chicken, but it would be even better with sliced grilled Andouille sausage or leftover thinly sliced steak. Experiment […]

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