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Crispy Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Cheese

Courtesy of The New York Times

Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 (12- to 18-ounce) packages shelf-stable or refrigerated potato gnocchi
¼ cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 pints small tomatoes, such as cherry, grape or Sungold
¼ cup thinly sliced or torn basil leaves (optional), plus more for serving

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Pumpkin Lasagna

I wouldn't necessarily make this again if I didn't have pumpkin puree in need of a home. But it was a great use for a bag of frozen pumpkin puree! Mildly adapted from Food and Wine.

1 pound lasagna noodles
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for tossing
1 onion, finely chopped
2 pounds Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Three 15-ounce cans pumpkin puree (or whatever is lying around in your freezer!)

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese (w/ Ham)

This is a delightfully easy and delicious rendition of a creamy (vice baked casserole style) macaroni and cheese. I will admit that it is reminiscent of boxed mac n' cheese, but it is one of the few hot dishes our toddler will share with us. And although I have included ham here, it is entirely optional (and frankly just a great way to use up leftover Christmas ham). A tweaked version of this Southern Living recipe.

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Savory Bread Pudding

Courtesy of Cowgirl Creamery. Could easily be made vegetarian.

Ingredients
1 lb. Andouille Sausage - small diced
1 medium Onion - small diced
3 stalks Celery - small diced
1 lb. Cremini Mushrooms - small diced
1 Tbsp. Garlic - minced
2 Tbsp. Thyme - chopped
1 lb. Stale Bread - large diced
6 Eggs
2 cups Heavy Cream
1 cup Chicken Stock
4 oz. Cowgirl Creamery Crème Fraiche (plus more for serving)
8 oz. Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel - grated
Salt & Pepper - to taste
1/8 lb. Butter
1 bunch Chives - thinly sliced

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Cheese Souffle

A recipe not yet tried from Cook's Illustrated.

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Persimmon with Burrata

2 ripe Fuyu persimmons (wide, tomato/pumpkin shaped)
3 tablespoons Roughly Chopped Toasted Hazelnuts or walnuts
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
balsamic vinegar or pomegranate molasses, for drizzling, optional
Maldon sea salt or other flaky sea salt, for garnish
1 piece fresh burrata cheese

Thinly slice persimmon and distribute on a plate. Serve with burrata (or sliced fresh mozzarella), and nuts, pomegranite seeds sprinkled on top, lightly drizzle with olive oil.

Via http://saltandwind.com/recipes/417-persimmon-carpaccio-burrata-r...

Persimmon with Burrata
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Chile-Corn Custard Squares

A nice side for a BBQ, courtesy of Bon Appetit.

3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend or 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese mixed with 1/3 cup crumbled queso fresco, divided
1/2 cup sour cream (plus additional for garnish, optional)
1/2 cup canned creamed corn
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chiles

Chile Corn Custard
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Caramelized Garlic Quiche

For Crust (enough for two crusts)
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

For Quiche:
5 large eggs
3 heads of garlic, cloves peeled
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
dash nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
2 cups baby spinach, lightly chopped
1 cup crème fraîche
½ cup milk

Crust

Caramelized Onion Quiche
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Parmigiano Gelato

Courtesy of The Washington Post Magazine.

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Corn, Chili, and Cheese Salad

Easy and delicious Bon Appetit recipe. Also keeps well in the fridge for several days and, in some ways, improves over time.

4 ears of corn, husked
1 large shallot, thinly sliced into rings
1 red chile (BA recommends Holland or Fresno, but a Jalapeño will do), optionally deseeded, thinly sliced into rings
¼ cup fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 oz. fresh Cotija cheese or queso fresco, crumbled
¼ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems

Grilled Corn Salad
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Cheese Snappy Wafers

From M. Egan via S. Camfield

2 sticks (1c) butter, softened
2c flour
1.5 cups sharp cheddar, shredded and at room temperature
1/2 t cayenne
1/2 t salt
2c rice krispies

Cut butter into flour until texture resembles chunky cornmeal. Mix in cheese, spices. Fold in rice krispies.

Mold small pices, place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350F for 45 minutes

Cheesy Snappy Wafers
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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

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Deep Dish Pizza

This recipe is courtesy of our friends Sarah and Jason. They gave us a wonderful wedding gift set of a deep dish pizza pan, italian spices, and a great cookbook. Helpfully, they included this recipe as well!

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7-Layer Bean Dip

No real recipe here; we used, from the bottom up:

  1. leftover refried pinto beans
  2. Shredded cheese
  3. guacamole
  4. sour cream
  5. pico de gallo
  6. Olives (optional)

...and layered them in a flat-bottomed glass dish. The pico counts as two layers. Really.

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Saag Paneer

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

Ingredients
1 (10 ounce) bag curly-leaf spinach, rinsed (roughly 6 cups)
3/4 lb mustard greens, stemmed and rinsed (sub: turnip greens, arugula) (roughly 4-5 cups)
1 package store-bought Paneer (or make your own, recipe below)
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 onion, chopped finely
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 jalapeño chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced

Saag Paneer
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Ricotta Gnudi

16 ounces ricotta (about 2 cups)
1 large egg, beaten to blend
1 large egg yolk, beaten to blend
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano plus more
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
1/2 cup all-purpose flour plus more

3 cups Pomodoro Sauce or other sauce

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Beet, Rhubarb and Citrus Salad

Serves 2

Pickled beets (or 1 large beet, roasted or boiled until tender, peeled, and cut into wedges)
1 large orange
Watercress or arugula (approx 2-3 cups)
1/2 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
1/2 lb rhubarb (about 3 stalks), trimmed and cut into 1/2" slices
1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon sugar

Prepare rhubarb (can be made ahead):

Beet, Rhubarb and Citrus Salad
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Neapolitan Pizza

We put together a simple-but-wonderful Neapolitan style pizza, largely following this SeriousEats recipe, as most other recipes required a wood burning oven or breaking your home oven's cleaning cycle lock.

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough for 2 10" rounds
  • 14 oz can of whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 medium-large balls of fresh buffalo mozzarella
  • Good quality olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves
Neapolitan Pizza
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Empanadas

So, not really a true recipe, but pretty good and pretty easy. Maybe next time we'll get fancy and make our own empanada dough, but for the first try this turned out pretty good.

Empanadas
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Meat Lasagna

This recipe is a hybrid of Sharon's recipe and and a very intense online recipe. My guess is that both are derived from the Betty Crocker Cookbook.

Serves 6. Bakes in a 9x9 pan.

Meat sauce:

Cook and stir together until meat is brown and onion is tender:

  • 3 Italian sausages (approx 0.5 lbs, mixed between mild and spicy; can substitute ground beef for all or part)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
Meat Lasagna
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Chiles Rellenos

Dad tells the story of his first experience with Chiles Rellenos, with tears running down his face from the heat of the peppers, but loving every bite.  He worked long and hard to re-create that moment, and settled upon this recipe.

  • 12 Anaheim peppers, skin removed (see note)
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 dash salt
  • Queso Chihuahua (or Monterrey Jack) cheese cut in long "fingers"
Blistering the peppers
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Goat Cheese Corn Enchiladas

In 2010, we attended a Oaxacan dinner as part of the annual Literary Feast on Capitol Hill. One of the dishes we ate was goat cheese, corn, and bean enchiladas with mole sauce. It was really delicious, and I finally got around to recreating it.

Goat Cheese and Corn Mole Enchiladas
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Panzanella Salad

Basically a recipe of my own creation

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  • 2 medium tomatoes, or 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes, chopped into large pieces
  • 1/2 large English cucumbers, chopped into medium pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped into medium pieces (and roasted in oven, optional)
  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped into medium pieces (and roasted in oven, optional)
  • 1 pint-sized container of mini mozzarella balls (or cut a larger piece of fresh mozzarella into small chunks)
  • Panzanella Salad
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    (Spicy) Pimiento Mac and Cheese

    I made a tweaked version of this Bon Appetit recipe. It was good, especially from a mac and cheese perspective - gooey and all the rest of that. I'm not sure how I actually felt about the spicy pimiento cheese aspect of it. Perhaps next time I will downplay the spicy pimiento and just use the basic recipe as a base for a more traditional mac and cheese dish.

    Ingredients
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
    1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

    Spicy Mac and Cheese
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    Trinidadian Macaroni Pie

    Throughout college, I had several Trinidadian friends (including a great freshman year roommate). One of the easiest (and most delicious and most fattening) dishes we would eat was macaroni pie. I stole this recipe from CaribbeanPot.com and it was quite tasty.

    14 oz "macaroni" (we used bucattini pasta)
    1/2 medium onion diced finely
    1 habanero or scotch bonnet diced finely (optional)
    2 large eggs
    1 can evaporated milk (~12 oz)
    2 tbsp butter, melted
    1/3 tsp dry mustard
    2 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided

    Trini Macaroni Pie
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    Four Cheese Quiche

    This recipe is meant to replicate an amazing quiche I had at La Galette, in downtown Dakar, served as a 6" quiche with a green salad on the side.

    1 pastry shell (use the pastry crust from the tomato tart recipe.

    4oz st nectaire (soft, ripened cheese) without the rind
    3oz chevre
    1oz blue d'Auvergne or Roquefort (optional)
    2oz of grated emmental cheese
    2 eggs
    2 egg yolks

    Cheese Quiche
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    Josefina Syrah-Rose

    Trader Joe's: 
    Yes

    A light, ry but sweet rose with strong strawberry notes and light jolly-rancher peach qualities.

    Caramelized Onion and Apple Flatbread

    Adapted from a recipe we found online, this flatbread or pizza is easy to make and tasty. Cut it into small squares to serve at a party.

    Caramelized Onion and Apple Pizza
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    Rugelach

    For some reason, I got on a baking kick this week. And I decided to make rugelach. Rugelach is a jewish pastry, sort of. Like all "jewish" foods, its a European thing, brought to America first by Jews, and adopted into Jewish culture. I like them, and I thought I'd try and make them.

    Rugelach: in progress
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    Shrimp Saganaki

    Garides (Shrimp) Saganaki is one of Audrey's favorite dishes (though no longer on the menu) at Zaytinya, one of her favorite restaurants in DC. This recipe is a surprisingly easy replica of that dish. It's fast and can be made mostly with ingredients we already have in our kitchen.

    Shrimp Saganaki with sauteed Kale flowers
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    Stuffed Cherry Peppers

    Roasted cherry peppers stuffed with Serrano ham, basil, and goat cheese. From Epicurious : http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/STUFFED-CHERRY-PEPPERS-12...

    Ingredients
    12 hot cherry peppers
    5 ounces fresh goat cheese
    12 paper-thin slices of Serrano Ham (jámon Serrano) or Prosciutto - anchovies are also tasty, and consider olives as a stufffer as well
    12 medium-sized fresh basil leaves
    1 clove garlic
    1/2 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2 T Sherry Vinegar
    1/2 t salt
    6 basil leaves, coarsely chopped

    Preparation
    Crush the garlic and add it to the olive oil. Set aside.

    cherry peppers.
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    Shrimp and Cotija Enchiladas with Salsa Verde and Crema Mexicana

    An excellent salsa verde recipe, and a nice shrimp recipe. We made it as tacos instead.

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Shrimp-and-Cotija-Enchilada...

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    Shahi Paneer

    A really yummy recipe - great on the first try. The original recipe was for chicken tikki masala, but we used paneer instead of chicken and the result was pretty similar to some of the best Shahi Paneer we had in India.

    Modified from Food and Wine.

    Shahi Paneer alone
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    Lamb with Feta Sliders

    An excellent alternative to beef burgers! Mix feta in with the meat for easier "cheeseburger" preparation.

    http://www.thehungrymouse.com/home/2009/06/17/lamb-sliders-with-...

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    Fresh Tomato Tart with Chevre

    This is a recipe created by Jon's Mom based on the amazing brunch tart from A Priori Thé in Paris, hidden in the Galerie Vivienne nearish to the Bourse. It is absolutely worth the effort to squeeze into a booth here, if only for this tart. The original has a dry cheddar-like cheese (Cantal) melted on top, but we find that unnecessary, given the massive amount of cream cheese and chèvre already being used. This dish is amazing in its simplicity.

    For the tart's pastry
    10" tart pan:
    1½ cups flour
    ¾ tsp salt
    ½ cup butter (freeze)

    Tomato Tart
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    Pizza

    Makes 2 12" round pizzas.

    This was the first recipe Jon learned from his Mom, because, damn it's good pizza!

    Dough

    make about 2 1/2 hours before serving

    • 1 package active dry yeast (2.25 tsp)
    • About 4 1/2 c. all purpose flour (have 6 c available for kneading/rolling)
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 c. water

    In large bowl, combine yeast, 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. In small saucepan, heat water until very warm (120 to 130F.).

    Pizza
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    Pupusas

    SALVADORAN PUPUSAS By Graciela Fortin-Magana

    Preparing the dough
    There are different brands of tortilla flour to make the dough. MASECA, which can be found in most large supermarkets in the international section, is one of them but there are others. Follow the instructions on the bag and make as much dough as needed. Once the dough has been prepared set it aside while you prepare the filling.

    Three Fillings
    CHEESE
    3 cups of shredded cheese (use hard and cream cheese mixed together; you can mix frying cheese, mozzarella and ricotta)
    3 or 4 tablespoons of heavy cream

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