Summer

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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Callaloo

  • 4 cups callaloo (amaranth) green, or substitute collard greens, rinsed well, chopped and tightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat, olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet or habanero pepper
  • Salt to taste
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Salmon Burger

Jon was very skeptical due to lingering dislike of salmon patties from his youth, but he admitted these were actually quite good. Courtesy of Bon Appetit. Serves 4.

1½ pounds boneless, skinless center-cut salmon, patted dry
5 scallions, green parts finely chopped, white parts thinly sliced
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
1 garlic clove, finely grated
2 tablespoons plus ⅔ cup mayonnaise
Kosher salt

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

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Cobbler

This can work with berries or stone fruit. Adapted from https://www.savingdessert.com/wprm_print/22737

  • 1 double pie crust
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cornstarch (see notes)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups blackberries
  • juice of ½ lemon (if needed to add tartness)
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • coarse sugar for topping

Instructions

Prepare a double crust pie pastry and refrigerate until needed. (See link in notes)
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Creamy Corn Pasta

A tasty summer pasta recipe, courtesy of The New York Times.

Fine sea salt
12 ounces dry orecchiette or farfalle
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 bunch scallions (about 8), trimmed and thinly sliced (keep the whites and greens separate)
2 large ears corn, shucked and kernels removed (2 cups kernels)
½ teaspoon ground black pepper, more for serving
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, more to taste
⅓ cup torn basil or mint, more for garnish

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Easy Shrimp Scampi

Based on this New York Times recipe, this dish was a snap. Use peeled frozen shrimp for an even easier dish that can be made almost entirely of pantry staples.

Serves 2

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup dry white wine or broth
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, shelled
⅓ cup chopped parsley
Freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon

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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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Spicy Shrimp Salad

A very tasty and very easy recipe from The New York Times. Especially easy if you use peeled and deveined shrimp.

3 ounces lime juice (from about 3 limes)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons nam prik pao (Thai chile paste in oil -- we used our supermarket's sweet thai chili sauce)
2 finely chopped Thai bird chiles, or to taste
1 pound large shrimp
2 stalks lemongrass, outer layers removed and white parts finely sliced
1 large shallot, thinly sliced

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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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Menu for the week of June 22 (Mexican)

Sat: Team BBQ: carne asada, pollo asado, flour tortillas, red onion, portobellos, poblanos, sour cream, queso fresco, black beans, rice, hatch peppers, salsa (J make hot sauce in AM)
Sun: fish tacos
Mon: Nachos (carne asada, cheese, pickled jalapenos, black bean leftovers; diced tomato, avocado)
Tue: Taco salad with chicken, avocado, queso fresco, fried tortillas
Wed: Breakfast tacos (eggs, chorizo, potatoes, cheese, fixins)
Thus: Steak fajitas (and leftover fish?) with corn on the cob
Fri: Fajitas again

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