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Spinach Rice from Ikaria by Diane Kochilas

Ikaria is the tribute by Diane Kochilas to the native island of her family. Sunny, dry, even dessert-like, Ikaria is a land that requires hard work and careful management of daily resources. The recipes here could stand as the core for a Mediterranean diet: “simple” food that is actually sophisticated reflecting centuries of refinement in…

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Turkey Soup with Root Vegetables from Broth & Stock by Jennifer McGruther

That Thanksgiving dinner is something we all look forward. The aftermath, of leftovers and dirty dishes and kitchen chaos, is of course worth the price. But the benefits do not end on that Thursday night. You have leftovers and you can enjoy them with relish equal to Thursday. By Sunday night, you may want a…

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Chicken and Chorizo over Jasmine Rice

Suzen and I have long, but not lazy, weekends. We tend to spend them at farmers’ markets and then in the kitchen. A long recipe and bottle of wine, plus a couple of football games, is our Sunday ritual. We have time to cook. We make time to cook. We are empty nesters, with the…

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Rice Pilaf with Pine Nuts

Our good friend Marie Simmons wrote a wonderful book, Rice: The Amazing Grain, and she was spot on. Suzen and I are fortunate to live in Manhattan where, in less than 15 minutes, we can walk to 30 restaurants serving rice. All of them Asian or Italian. Now, I am fond of risotto but it…

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