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Essentials: Salad With Tomatoes and Grilled Bread (Not Day Old Bread)

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 7 comments

Photograph from seaworthy on Flickr Panzanella (tomato-bread salad) and pappa al pomodoro (tomato-bread soup) both intimidated me as a home cook—until a couple of loaves of old bread forced me into trying them. As it turns out, it’s pretty hard... More

Essentials: Guacamole

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 27 comments

Photograph from Mar Mar on Flickr Ten years ago, when I turned twenty-one, I had never fallen head over heels in love, and I had never cared for guacamole. Then I met a charming boy who urged me to spend... More

Essentials: Pie Crust

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 3 comments

Here’s a confession: until recently I did not really understand the appeal of pie. As a child I didn’t care for things that were crisp and buttery, like shortbread and crust, and that was that. In the past few years,... More

Essentials: Collard Greens

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 16 comments

©iStockphoto.com/Suzifoo People don’t eat collard greens often enough, probably because they just haven’t tried them—they look deceptively old-fashioned and limp, like something on offer at a depressing cafeteria or prepared by your grandmother who isn’t such a good cook. When... More

Essentials: Feeding Your Friends (With Migas)

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 13 comments

©iStockphoto.com/MiquelMunill In the past two weeks I’ve twice cooked dinner for a group of six. For the first dinner (friends from high school) I tried new recipes and ended up happy with one and unhappy with the other; the second... More

Essentials: Crab Cakes

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 8 comments

Crab cakes are one of those things that always look powerfully enticing on a menu but that I almost never order. They’re too expensive, or I’m feeling too fat to eat fried food, or—and this is usually the dealbreaker for... More

Essentials: Strawberry Shortcake

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 14 comments

I'm about to type a cop-out phrase that I would immediately cut if I were editing someone else's work: I don't know if I can find words to express how I feel about strawberry shortcake. More

Essentials: Fast Food, Bittman's Way, with Shrimp

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 4 comments

©iStockphoto.com/Juanmonino In the past few months Mark Bittman’s shrimp “my way” has become one of my favorite emergency or late-in-the-week meals. This superfast dish is good with a vegetable, on top of rice, or over angel hair pasta. I think... More

Essentials: Quesadillas

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 9 comments

My two main goals as a cook are to squeeze more vegetables into our diet and to master the essential dishes of French bourgeois and American home cooking. My husband’s two main goals as an eater are to convince me... More

Essentials: Hummus

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 20 comments

©iStockphoto.com/JLGutierrez Sometimes I recall that I grew up without hummus and am amazed. It seems like such a natural kid-food, but it just wasn’t around in Houston then (now it is—my childhood, we’re talking decades ago now, people). I discovered... More

Essentials: Floating Island

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 9 comments

For the last year or two I’ve been obsessed with the idea of floating island even though I had never tasted it. It’s an old-fashioned dessert that sounded to me like pure delight: chunks of caramel-drizzled meringue in a puddle... More

Essentials: Fish Tacos

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 9 comments

Photograph from blair christensen on Flickr Since I was raised on wonderfully lardy, cheesy Tex-Mex, it took me a while to come around to the ungloppy goodness that is a fish taco. In the early 1990s fish tacos became something... More

Essentials: Baked Ziti

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 7 comments

Photograph: ©iStockphoto.com/mstroz Since the thought of another pile of paper to manage makes me cringe, I don’t keep a file of recipe clippings for the future. I can’t remember, then, what prompted me to pull this recipe from Mark Bittman’s... More

Essentials: Hamburgers

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 9 comments

It isn't summer yet, but the sun has me thinking. Every June when the food magazines put out issues full of gorgeous grilled things, I, a grill-deprived citizen of New York City, feel somehow snubbed. The rest of the country,... More

Essentials: Rice

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 26 comments

A few years ago at a family meal my dad randomly launched into a lengthy panegyric to rice. He does this sometimes—proclaims a deep but previously unvoiced passion—and my mother, sister, and I roll our eyes at the poor outnumbered... More

Essentials: Potatoes Baked and Twice-Baked

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 6 comments

©iStockphoto.com/pink_cotton_candy Yesterday I was glad that Lucy alerted us to the existence of Totally Baked (something has been done to the Dining Section online, and now I am bad about seeing Food Stuff). Recently I was craving a baked potato... More

Essentials: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 23 comments

It isn’t easy to write about recipes week after week and keep your energy level high and your judgment accurate. The accepted wisdom is that readers will stay with you only if you give them a picture and a story,... More

Essentials: Stuffed Eggs

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 3 comments

Since I don’t go to church and am not crazy about holidays whose secular celebrations feature chocolate and candy, Easter barely registers on my seasonal radar. If you, on the other hand, have a bunch of pastel hard-boiled eggs around,... More

Essentials: Easy Enchiladas

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 5 comments

Enchiladas may not be an essential part of everyone's cooking repertoire, but this recipe from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook is so easy and versatile that I tend to be evangelical about it. Though the results are not authentically... More

Essentials: Cheese Straws

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 2 comments

The main reason I don’t have parties very often is that I’m one of those compulsive people who allows planning to spin out of control. I end up with five times as much food as I need but still stressed... More

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