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Quick Chicken and Zucchini Quesadillas

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Basic cheese-and-tortilla quesadillas are a quick snack, but by adding simple ingredients like sweet sautéed zucchini, smoky chipotle chiles, and shredded roast chicken, they become a weeknight meal that still takes almost no time to make. More

Cheesy Grits With Sautéed Ham and Kale

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Cheesy grits may be delicious as a side dish, but top them with kale that's been simmered in chicken stock with smoky ham and they become a flavorful, hearty meal. A dash of vinegary hot sauce, and you may never want to eat them on their own again. More

Sloppy Jessica, or Mac-and-Cheese-Chili Pizza on a Bun

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Inspired by a TV sitcom, the Sloppy Jessica is a gloriously greasy, wonderfully messy beast of macaroni-and-cheese chili stuffed into a pizza-style bun that's dripping with melted mozzarella cheese. More

One-Skillet Cod and Kale With Ginger and Garlic

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Cod and kale may seem like an unlikely combination, but, when cooked until tender, the robust green actually makes a fantastic backdrop to the delicate, white-fleshed fish. In this quick and easy one-skillet dinner, we braise dinosaur kale (also known as Tuscan kale) in an aromatic mixture of rice wine, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger, then steam fillets of codfish on top. More

Open-Faced Egg Salad Sandwich With Bacon

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It's important to know what a specific loaf of bread can and cannot do. So when I got my hands on the astonishing crusty bread, I decided to be as simple as possible, whipping up a straightforward batch of egg salad, and serving the result as an open-faced sandwich. More

Breakfast Torta With Bacon, Eggs, and Chipotle Guacamole

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Ham and eggs is a very common torta filling in Mexico, and for a good reason. The salty slices bring texture and loads of porkiness to the game, while the eggs help bulk it out. But you know what is crispier and more intense than ham? That's right. Bacon. More

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe, Spicy Italian Sausage, and Pesto

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After years of drinking Negronis, I've grown to love the sensation of bitter broccoli rabe, just so long as it's balanced by something else. In this dish, the foil comes from both spicy sausage and some fresh pesto. More

Japanese Curry Rice With Hanger Steak

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No, this is not beef stew. This is actually Japanese curry, which is actually quite popular in that country. More

Pasta With Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

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I had all kinds of ideas of how to make this recipe my own, but all the embellishments felt forced, so I stripped almost all of them away. I only had one true insight, and that was to add slivered almonds. More

Pancakes With Bourbon Maple Sauce and Toasted Pecans

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After a few bites you'll feel warm and ready to tackle the cold. But because it's late in the day and the sauce is spiked, you can skip the chopping wood part, and instead plop down on the couch and fall asleep early. More

Lake Trout With Nuoc Mam Gung and Broccoli

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Roasted fish gets paired with a flavorful Vietnamese dipping sauce called nuoc mam gung—a potent mixture of ginger, garlic cloves, chilies, lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce—that tugs at your tongue in all directions. Plus, all you have to do for the sauce is toss everything in a bowl and stir. More

Farro With Sweet Red Bell Peppers, Kale, and Goat Cheese

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This recipe is not what you think it is. I know it looks like a haphazard affair of roasted vegetables tossed on top of farro, but there is more going on here. More

Chicken and Rice With Almonds and Dried Cherries

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Originally, this chicken and rice dish, with its mix of cinnamon and almonds, reminded me of Morocco, which isn't such a bad place to be. But then I realized that the spices are just as comfortable in India. In the end, I decided that as long it tasted good I would let the dish remain a bit ambiguous. More

Sautéed Salmon With Potatoes and Creamy Anchovy Sauce

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Consider this a combination of the old and new. The idea came from recipe number 1665 in Escoffier's 1903 tome, Le Guide Culinaire, but the creamy anchovy vinaigrette comes from the much more recently published Modern Sauces. More

Yaki Udon With Shrimp

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Though I most often picture udon swimming in huge bowls of broth, the thick Japanese noodles are just as comfortable when sautéed. More

Couscous With Roasted Butternut Squash, Apple, and Chorizo

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Butternut squash, apples, and chorizo make this couscous dish comforting, which is great for a cold weather meal. More

Wedge Salad With Ranch Dressing and Crumbled Blue Cheese

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Before last week, I figured the less one fussed over a wedge salad, the better. But then I had a wedge salad at Bavette's in Chicago that was so surprisingly great that I had to rethink the whole genre. More

Black Beans and Rice with Bacon

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A bowl of black beans and rice is pure comfort food, at least for me. But I'm always looking for new tricks, because while the concept sounds simple, it's surprisingly easy to end up with a batch that is dry and flavorless. More

Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce and Pan-Fried Eggplant

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At its base, this is just a simple spaghetti and tomato sauce recipe—a satisfying classic for sure, but not exactly the most exciting dinner of the week. But if you add a handful of crispy slices of pan-fried eggplants on top, along with a shower of parmesan cheese, and you have a meal with a variety of textures and some real heft. More

Seared Scallops With Indian Spinach

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Think of this recipe as part Indian and part classic steakhouse. At the base is a fairly traditional Indian spinach recipe, like one for saag paneer—just, you know, without the paneer. On top are sautéed scallops that are buttery but still supple, with a slight sweetness. More

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