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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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Tomato-centric Panzanella Salad

Modified from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2019/07/31/fr...

  • 2 cups packed, torn pieces sourdough bread, including crusts (into small bite-sized pieces)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 medium ripe heirloom tomatoes, hulled and cut into bite-size wedges
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, cut into very thin slices
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Fattoush Salad

The fattoush salad has always been one of my favorite salads. It is a lettuce-less salad and has bread in it -- what's not to like! But fattoush salads are the kind of dish where everyone's grandmother makes it differently. This recipe is the closest I've found to my ideal fattoush salad.

Ingredients

1 whole wheat pita bread
[roughly equal parts cucumber, tomato, red pepper + half-part onion]
1 large English cucumber OR 2 small Persian cucumbers, diced

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Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

  • cherry tomatoes halved or heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • chopped red onion
  • diced celery, optional

  • 3 tablespoons Sherry vinegar, divided

  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Based loosely on http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/flank-steak-with-bl...

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Savory Summer Salad

Inspired by something I saw on a menu, I created this nice summer salad.

Lettuce
Cherry tomatoes
Red Onion
Red pepper
Corn
Avocado
Hard-boiled egg
Bacon (sub: shredded brisket, fried onions)

Dressing:
Mayo
Grated parmesan
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

or vinaigrette thickened with a little mayo

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Timatim (Ethiopian Tomato/Jalapeno) Salad

1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 large tomato
2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp salt

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Green Gazpacho

A really nice alternative summer gazpacho. If you don't like vinegar as much as I do, feel free to reduce the vinegar and/or lime juice proportions to taste. Courtesy of Bon Appetit.

¼ cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt, plus an optional ½ cup or serving
½ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 oz. ciabatta or country-style bread, crust removed, bread torn into 1” pieces (about 2½ cups)

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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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Tomato Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

A nice Bon Appetit recipe that is a great summer side.

1 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons red wine or sherry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 ripe beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
Freshly ground black pepper
3 fresh medium basil leaves, torn into approximately 1/2-inch pieces

Combine shallots, vinegar, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil to blend. Set vinaigrette aside.

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Strawberry, Tomato and Fennel Gazpacho

Recipe in progress, using these two as guides:
http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/recipes/strawberry-fennel-g...
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/strawberry-tomato-and-fennel-...

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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
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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
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White Bean Ragout

Based on this recipe from Bon Appetit, we modified it to use what we had on hand, and it turned out great.

1/2 large onion
1/2 red pepper
2 clove garlic (mince one, reserve one for the bread)
2 tablespoons marinara sauce (or tomato paste)
1 can (15oz) Cannellini beans (rinsed, drained)
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
parmesan cheese, grated
extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
parsley, chopped (optional)

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Middle Eastern Salad

I am a big fan of any number of "middle eastern salads" - lettuce-less salads which go by different names (with slightly different twists) in a variety of middle eastern and mediterranean cuisines. Yes, there is a difference between a fattoush salad and a shirazi salad, but frankly, I find that what I want is the same basic recipe with a few optional modifications, depending on how the dish will fit into the week's menu.

The basic vegetable components of the salad are:
Diced tomatoes (or halved cherry tomatoes)

Fattoush salad with fried chickpeas
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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)
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    Bean Salad

    This dish makes a great week-long side dish for summer - a chilled, but protein-rich vegetarian dish!

    1 can black beans
    1 can pinto or small red beans
    1 can small white beans
    2-3 jalapenos, chopped
    1 medium white onion, diced
    1 bunch cilantro, lightly chopped
    juice of 2 limes
    1 can or 2 ears corn (boil, cut off kernels)
    salt and pepper to taste
    salsa, to taste

    Avocado
    Tomato
    more limes to taste

    Mix together all but avocado and tomato and let the flavors marry overnight. Add chopped avocado and tomato, and more limes and salsa to taste, upon serving.

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    Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon

    Trader Joe's: 
    Yes

    Bright fruit notes with a smoky, tabacco background. Medium bodied, strong but not heavy. Goes well with stronger flavors like blue cheese, grilled meats and dark chocolate.

    http://www.bonterra.com/pairings/reds/cabernet-sauvignon.aspx

    Tilia Cab Sav (2010)

    Trader Joe's: 
    Yes

    Smooth, fruit-forward, medium-bodied (lighter than most CabSavs), easy to drink

    http://tiliawines.com.ar/en/ourwines ; http://www.bodegasesmeralda.com.ar/eng/estiba/cabernet.html

    Posole

    We modified a recipe from Bon Appetit to spice it up and re-balance this posole.

    Roasted Pork

    • 1 pound boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt)
    • ½ red onion, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • Dash smoked salt

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  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
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    Salmon with Tomato and Olive "Salsa"

    Audrey whipped this up to go with grilled or pan-seared salmon. It was easy and delicious!

    For the salsa fresca:
    2 parts cherry tomatoes, quartered
    1 part rough chopped kalamata olives
    1 part diced red onions
    1 part feta, crumbled
    lemon juice
    olive oil (if possible, from a jar of sundried tomatoes)
    Salt and pepper, to taste

    For the salmon:
    Wash and thoroughly dry the fillet.
    Season the flesh side with salt and pepper, a dash of smoke salt, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and a dash of herbs de Provence

    Heat grapeseed (or other, high-heat) oil in a skillet

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    Novella Synergy (06)

    Trader Joe's: 
    Yes

    Black cherry notes with hints of cedar and spices, fruit forward and sharp, opens up well. Pairs well with strong/game meats

    Spanish Gazpacho

    I grew up eating americanized gazpacho (from various supermarkets and restaurants) that, though good, has nothing on a true creamy Spanish-style gazpacho. On my first trip to Spain, I had an absolutely delicious gazpacho in a random (and probably tourist trap) restaurant on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. I still remember that dish and seek out true Spanish-style gazpacho wherever I can.

    So I was delighted to find, upon reading James Michener's Iberia on my second trip of Spain, a recipe for authentic gazpacho included in this wonderful travelogue of the author's time in Spain in the 1960s. Even though Spain has changed much since this book was written, it is still a very interesting account of the country, and I would highly recommend this book for anyone traveling there. (As a side note, unrelated to gazpacho, while I was in Toledo, I sought out a restaurant that Michener frequented and spoke with the owner, "la jefa," who fondly remembered him.)

    (And back to the soup... beginning on p. 340, incidentally where my book is starting to come apart) Michener says "gazpacho is Spain," and he is absolutely correct. He tells the reader, "If you ever travel in Spain and come upon a restaurant that serves gazpacho, take it, because no other dish in the country will you remember with such affection." After describing the recipe, he remarks "No part of this strange recipe sounds very good, but taken together and properly blended, these ingredients produce a soup which is as distinctive as vichyssoise."

    Whenever I make gazpacho, I use Michener's recipe because I know it is pure, authentic Spain. No exact measurements, no modern interpretations - just the soup as it has been made for generations. In describing the typical preparation, he notes that Spaniards prefer the soup made with one cup of olive oil and no more than a tablespoon of vinegar. He then says that "Americans, of which I am certainly one, prefer not more than a quarter cup of oil and four tablespoons of vinegar." After a bit of experimentation, we found ourselves somewhere in the middle. This recipe is our version of the dish, americanized to be sure, but all Spanish heart.

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    Tomato Vinegarette

    This salad dressing recipe is courtesy of Casey Taylor Patten of Taylor Gourmet, a Gourmet Italian Deli in DC. I had it on an arugula and watercress salad at the H Street Freshfarm Market, a few months ago. This dressing is particularly nice on a sweetish salad - strawberries, oranges, goat cheese, red onions, and candied pecans were on the first salad I tried it with. My one note is that if your olive oil is very olivy, it can overwhelm the flavor. Either use a milder oil or forgot the olive oil altogether. I thought it tasted great either way.

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    Jon's Chili

    There is no "real" recipe to Jon's chili beyond the base set of ingredients and improvisation with spices and available ingredients. If there are fresh peppers, they go in. If there's homemade salsa, it definitely goes in. Beer (Shiner Bock I find is best) cuts the spice level nicely without removing the flavor.

    I sautee the onion/garlic/jalapenos until tender, then add the meat and brown it. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, then add whole habaneros and the first spices (salt, pepper, first group of spices). Add 4 cups of water and some beer and bring to a boil.

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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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    Jon's Garden Salsa

    I began making my own hot sauce during Peace Corps - peppers were plentiful, but good, non-tabasco-style sauces were hard to find (and generally bad). It's always a big hit, but actually really easy to make.

    You can also see this recipe in a much more amusing flowchart form (PDF)

    Salsa and chips
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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)

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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.).

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