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Strings and Beans from Modern Pasta

From Pasta Modern by Francine Sagan comes this complex vegetarian dish. Not complex to prepare, but on so complex in flavor, so satisfying that you will not be asking yourself: where are the meatballs? The delight here is the string beans, cooked with tomatoes, garlic and pepper flakes, and simmered until they are ready to…

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Pork Roast with Garlic-Parmesan Cream

In a word, this dish is a surprise, a wonderful surprise. The word “shoulder” has origins that can be traced back only a few hundred years. In Old High German, it may have meant “shield” which strikes notes of strength and firmness. Today, a shoulder cut of meat is considered to be “less than grand.”…

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Brian’s Very Simple Potato and Corn Salad

  “Making potato salad,” Suzen said to me a couple of weeks ago. It was a statement, not a question. And, it was pretty obvious. I had emptied out half the pantry and the refrigerator. Vinegars, two of them. Pickles, real ones and jalapenos. Mayo, mustard. Bacon was cooking. Eggs were being hard boiled. I…

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Setting the Table: A Lovely Centerpiece for Your Holiday Table

People often bring things to a holiday party. For post-Thanksgiving party, Cynthia Beckman brought the centerpiece. It would be an vast understatement to say Cynthia is a decorating genius. It help, of course, that she simply loves making anything she is around beautiful. Cynthia’s centerpiece concept here is elegant, rich, and simply. First, get some…

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