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Thumb_7430_White Gazpacho With Mint And Apple

Thumb_7430_White Gazpacho With Mint And Apple

This cooling cucumber soup is flavored with nutty almonds, a tart apple and aromatic mint. It's a perfect light lunch on a hot summer day. The raw garlic will definitely be noticed, so if you'd rather not have a strong garlic flavor, use only one clove.

Thumb_7222_Toasted Brown Rice

Thumb_7222_Toasted Brown Rice

A quick toast in some butter brings out the nutty flavor of brown rice.  This is a great base for other dishes like stir-fries, or to use the next day in fried rice.

Thumb_12794_Simple Whole Wheat Couscous

Thumb_12794_Simple Whole Wheat Couscous

Doesn't this recipe sound good? It is. If you'd like some ideas about what to eat with it, click on the "goes with..." tab to the left. For the lowdown on ingredients, techniques and tools, click on "related tips."

Thumb_5498_Chicken Marsala

Thumb_5498_Chicken Marsala

The success of this relatively straightforward and classic disht depends on attention to detail. if the pan's too hot the chicken will scorch; too cold and it'll steam. The ooking goes quickly, so have a few warm plates ready and put your guests on notice.

Thumb_5665_Bulgur, Cucumber And Tomato Salad

Thumb_5665_Bulgur, Cucumber And Tomato Salad

Doesn't this recipe sound good? It is. If you'd like some ideas about what to eat with it, click on the "goes with..." tab to the left. For the lowdown on ingredients, techniques and tools, click on "related tips."

Thumb_6008_Toasted Barley With Rosemary And Parsley

Thumb_6008_Toasted Barley With Rosemary And Parsley

This simple dish is best with fresh herbs - but if you need to substitute dried, reduce the amount by 1/3 - so 1 teaspoon each of rosemary and parsley...though dried parsley serves little purpose, really, and could just be omitted or exchanged for some other more flavorful dried herb like mint or marjoram.

Thumb_7141_Breakfast Quinoa With Cranberries, Walnuts And Honey

Thumb_7141_Breakfast Quinoa With Cranberries, Walnuts And Honey

There are more grains for breakfast than oatmeal - this hearty quinoa is sweetened with dried cranberries and honey. It's perfect for a cold winter morning.

Thumb_6173_White Bean Salad With Garlic, Lemon And Parsley

Thumb_6173_White Bean Salad With Garlic, Lemon And Parsley

Lemon juice, garlic and fresh parsley team up to complement the creamy, starchy white beans in this simple salad. Just about any other bean would work here too.

Thumb_7123_Basic Rice Pilaf

Thumb_7123_Basic Rice Pilaf

For a pilaf, the grains of rice are slightly toasted in butter before they're simmered in broth. This gives them a nuttier, richer flavor. Add more or less shallot and parsley to taste.

Thumb_5209_Bibb Lettuce And Avocado Salad

Thumb_5209_Bibb Lettuce And Avocado Salad

This salad has a lot going on for having so few ingredients. The buttery lettuce and creamy avocado play off of each other while the nasal heat of the mustard and tart vinegar keep them honest. Let the shallot marinate in the vinegar for at least 10 minutes to take off its edge.

Thumb_5761_Crostini With Lentils, Ricotta And Basil

Thumb_5761_Crostini With Lentils, Ricotta And Basil

The toasted bread is the perfect medium for the interplay of the warm, earthly lentils; the creamy ricotta and the fresh, perfumed basil. Sometimes we like to use walnut oil instead of olive oil. Either way, for a little more flavor, whisk together a quick vinaigrette of oil, Champagne vinegar and Dijon mustard. Lightly drizzle the vinaigrette over the crostini.

Thumb_11053_Basic Risotto

Thumb_11053_Basic Risotto

This simple risotto recipe practically cries out for variations. Try adding in your favorite sauteéd mushrooms, some fresh herbs, a handful of spinach or pieces of leftover fish to make a hearty one-pot meal.


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