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Brian’s Green Gazpacho

It’s the peak of summer. From now until well into fall, it is High Tomato Season and I’ll have a bowl or two of red gazpacho every week. I never tire of gazpacho. That’s not quite true. Sometimes, sometimes, I just long for another color and a change in flavor. A real change in flavor.…

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Red Berry and Tomato Gazpacho with Yellow Tomato Sorbet and Tomato Chips

  This is Suzen’s and my first attempt at making a plated dessert from Payard Desserts by Francois Payard with Tish Boyle. It’s a sweet success, visually and to the palate. What is a plated dessert? It’s one of those complicated, multi-part desserts that you get at a restaurant but could never make for yourself…

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Chilled Cucumber-Melon Soup with Radish-Mint Salsa

  In your first taste you will know that this soup is something special, something deliciously special. This soup has a dreamy quality: some body, yet still thin, the subtle flavor of cucumber but layered with melon, and an underlying tang that you may recognize as yogurt + crème fraiche. Or you may just sit…

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Cold Cucumber Cream with Tomato Salsa from Michele Scicolone’s Italian Vegetable Cookbook

  Recently I posted a very positive review for Michele Scicolone’s The Italian Vegetable Cookbook. And I’m on a tear for making agua frescas. Here a unique “blend” thanks to Michele. It’s a soup but it’s almost an agua fresca. Leave out the vinegar [and maybe salt and pepper] and you could happily drink away…

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