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Miso Soup

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It seems like everyone has their own ritualistic practices surrounding food as remedy. If you're into brothy soups, one of the easiest and most savory broths to brew up with on-hand ingredients is miso broth. It has a satisfying flavor of its own but still accommodates a wide variety of soup ingredients. More

Classic Apple Crisp for Thanksgiving

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This dessert is the most perfect, uncomplicated apple crisp for which you could ever give thanks. More

The Crisper Whisperer: A Seriously Delicious 'Green' Smoothie

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You'd never know that there's a salad's worth of spinach in the recipe below, unless you feel like thinking about it to put a smile on your face. Even peppery greens like arugula and mizuna play nicely with fruits and herbs. If you like to experiment with flavor combinations in your mainstream cooking life, you'll enjoy the same creativity with green smoothies. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Squash and Quinoa with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

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It's a bright, beautiful bowl of roasted dumpling squash, baby spinach, and quinoa, tossed together with a zingy cilantro-lime dressing and a few crunchy pepitas. Is it a salad? Sure, you could call it that if you feel like it, and even serve it chilled. But if you're in the mood for a warming main at dinner, you could also serve it hot. More

The Crisper Whisperer: The World's Second-Easiest Fig Dessert

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Perfectly ripe figs are so jewel-like on their own that they hardly need any embellishment to make a perfect dessert. But run them under the broiler with a touch of vanilla and honey, and you'll take fig perfection to a whole new level in ten minutes or less. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Caramel Apples for Labor Day and Beyond

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For the past few growing seasons, I've been thrilled to see more and more varieties of summer apples popping up at my farmers' market. Though many people, at least in the northeast, associate apples with autumn, plenty of heirloom varieties are ready to eat in mid-summer. That makes me happy for lots of reasons, not least of all because now I get to make caramel apples for my Labor Day barbecue and feel totally legit about it. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Zucchini and Pesto Pizza

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This pizza clearly originated in the mind of a Jersey girl. But now I can vouch for the fact that it tastes just as good no matter where you are—and no matter what you call a zucchini. Like many pizzas, it's a flexible recipe. Just make sure you slice the zucchini as thin as possible so it will be tender by the time the pizza is done. More

The Crisper Whisperer: How to Make Fruit Leather

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You can make fruit leather with almost any summer or fall fruit. Berries, cherries, stone fruits, apples, and pears—they all work beautifully. Choose ripe or very ripe fruit, and remove any blemishes. Seasonings are where you can really get creative. A little vanilla with berries perhaps? You can add liquors, chopped nuts, you name it. Your leather is as nimble as your imagination. (That sounds wrong for so many reasons, I know—but it's right.) More

The Crisper Whisperer: Garlic Scape Tart

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I have an affinity for garlic scape pesto that borders on the unnatural. Although I've previously suggested to you that there are at least seven worthwhile things to do with garlic scapes, the truth is that I rarely care to do anything with them myself besides whiz them with nuts, cheese, lemon, and olive oil in a food processor and eat them with a spoon. This inclination may be due to the fact that, in my heart of hearts, I seem to believe that I invented garlic scape pesto. More

Blueberry Overload Coffee Cake

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Blueberries. Coffee. Cake. On a short list of things you can never have too much of in this world, the item you are about to consume has three of the heavy hitters right in its name. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Awesome (Herb) Sauce

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Whether you grow your own herbs and end up with a bumper crop or buy a big bunch at the supermarket and use a few tablespoons in a recipe, leftover fresh herbs can threaten to overtake your home, garden, and sanity as the weather warms up. Making this flexible recipe is like waving a magic wand in the general direction of the garden and—voila!—what was once a looming burden is suddenly awesome sauce. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Ratatouille in Buckwheat Crepes

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Ratatouille in Buckwheat Crepes is not a recipe. Well, technically it is a recipe, fine. But it's more than that, too. It's a first-rate problem solver. It solves the age-old paradox of feeding brunch to a houseful of vegetarians without plunging them directly into diabetic coma. I love a good [insert baked good here] as much as the next guy, but it's always nice to have some variety on a brunch menu. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Shrimp with Kale and Shiitakes

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This quick dinner is a last hurrah for winter vegetables. It's packed with both nutrients and flavor to tide you over during these awkward, adolescent days of spring. More

Cauliflower and Tofu Curry

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This easy and delicious Indian-inspired curry is satisfying winter comfort food that just happens to be vegan. It is adapted from Weeknight Fresh & Fast by Kristine Kidd, who recommends serving purchased chutney alongside and fruit sorbet for dessert. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Grapefruit-Vanilla Curd

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Life is complicated. I like it that way. Breakfast—or, if you prefer, dessert—is no exception. And that's why I don't mind telling you that fruit curd is one of my very favorite foods, even though I hardly have any interest in eating it. More

Nachos with Cabbage, Beans, and Cilantro Sauce

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When I make nachos, I play to win. I like powerful flavors, multiple sauces, lots of creaminess and plenty of crunch. I like to balance all of those elements carefully in every bite. These nachos have got all that and more, because when my mind turns to the Super Bowl, it's football be damned. Every ounce of attention gets heaped onto a platter of tortilla chips. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Collard Greens Mineira

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How's this for a crisper confession? If I hadn't cooked this vegetable myself, I don't think I could have identified it. At least not right away. If you're used to collard greens braised to the point of near-extinction (and believe me, I like them that way, too, so no hard feelings), you'll be surprised by what else they can do. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Andrew Carmellini's Cauliflower

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Cauliflower with Brown Butter, Pears, Sage and Hazelnuts from chef Andrew Carmellini's Urban Italian is fancy enough for a special occasion, but also easy enough to make on a weeknight. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Winter Crudités with Marcella Hazan's Bagna Cauda

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With Marcella Hazan's earth-shattering bagna cauda and winter crudités in your repertoire, you'll never be tempted to include those plastic-encrusted supermarket veggie and dip platters in your New Year's Eve buffet again. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Suddenly Stew

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This easy stew may be the closest you'll get to a Christmas miracle this year. It satisfies a crowd and is oh-so-healthy, so it's a great excuse to throw a big winter party. More

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