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Crispy Seared Cod with Peas, Pancetta, and Wilted Lettuce

RECIPE: Crispy Seared Cod with Petits Pois à la Française

Petits Pois à la Française, or French peas, is a very traditional and somewhat unusual dish. There are many iterations, as is to be expected with an old-school French dish. In my version, I start with a little bit of … Continue reading

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Handcut Pasta with Ricotta and Peas

RECIPE: Handcut Pasta with Ricotta and Peas

I love little tricks of the trade that make me feel like I’ve got something for nothing.  This dish cooks in 10 minutes, and looks like I’ve gone to a really high falutin’ Italian restaurant.  Why?  Because I bought fresh … Continue reading

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Bright Lentil Salad with Apples, Fennel, and Herbs

RECIPE: Bright Lentil Salad with Apples, Fennel, and Herbs

This is a bright, hearty, and optimistic salad. Admittedly, it’s also a total knock-off of my go-to dish at my favorite French restaurant in London, La Petite Maison, which specializes in taking Provençal peasant food and reinventing it at the … Continue reading

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Cheated Paella for Two

RECIPE: Shrimp and Chorizo Lazy Paella

Paella is a party dish.  The kind of endeavor you’d only undertake if you plan on feeding at least 10, if not 100, people. And yet, it’s the perfect after-work comfort food.  Rice, perfumed with all that decadent saffron.  The … Continue reading

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Tender Lamb Brochettes with Thyme and Haricots Verts

RECIPE: Tender Lamb Brochettes with Thyme and Haricots Verts

The one thing (among several others) that’s great about planning a wedding in Paris is getting to go there because you “have” to. We “had” to go down a few weeks ago to administrate our wedding planning, and as such, … Continue reading

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Turkey and Porcini Meatballs with Rosemary and Polenta

RECIPE: Turkey and Porcini Meatballs with Rosemary and Polenta

My meatball addiction knows no bounds.  If made correctly, meatballs are actually so much lighter than MEAT.  Pillowy, more delicate, easier to portion-adjust.  And so versatile and easy to throw together. This is my “Tuscan-inspired” meatball ragu over polenta.  Rustic … Continue reading

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Seared Tuna with Niçoise Vegetables and Garlic Butter

RECIPE: Seared Tuna with Niçoise Vegetables and Garlic Butter

I was in a meeting the other day at the office, when my friend pulled out a take-out box from the office cafeteria, and excused herself.  “I’m starving,” she said.  “I just need to have some lunch!” There are some … Continue reading

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