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Watermelon, Mint and Chile Gazpacho

The leaves are yellow now. As yellow as that watermelon in the background. Before the leaves are gone, before the last watermelons disappear, before the mint blackens in that first frost, this is a recipe to capture the last lights of summer. This gazpacho is best served very cold, in shot glasses, perhaps with some…

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Pan-Seared Lemon Chicken with Ginger Honey Sauce and Ginger Honey Walnuts

  Have you ever followed a recipe in a cookbook, really and truly and honestly followed it, and the result was a disaster? It wasn’t you. It was the cookbook. And the failure of the author and publisher to make sure that each and every recipe in the book has been tested and works exactly…

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Green Beans with Frizzled Scallions and Ginger

  Green beans are wonderful. You can depend on them, for they always taste the same. Same flavor, same drying mouth feel, same trailing after taste that screams: you just ate green beans. Since it is one of the few vegetables Suzen can readily get me to consume, she has thoughtfully been expanding her green bean…

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Sweet Potatoes with Garlic, Ginger, and Cilantro

  When Suzen tells a group that has come to do a group event at Cooking by the Book that they will be preparing a sweet potato side dish, you can see the frowns on many faces. “Trust me. You haven’t had anything like this,” she reassures her audience. We never have leftovers. Guests, who…

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