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Dinner Tonight: Sichuan-Style Chicken Noodle Soup

This is the kind of chicken noodle soup I can get into. It's warming and comforting, with hunks of chicken meat and slinky noodles suspended in a rich stock. But this isn't some bland rendition. No, this soup is imbued with the haunting aroma of star anise and cinnamon, and tickled by the numbing sensation of Sichuan pepper. A sprinkling of chopped chile completes this assertive bowl of soup, which comes together surprisingly fast. More

Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Tuna, Pine Nuts, Fennel Seeds, Capers, and Lemon

I just didn't feel like shopping. And let's face it, sometimes we don't. That's when the pantry comes in handy. It's good to have recipes like this in the repertoire. All told, I pulled this together in about 15 minutes—just enough time to bring the water to boil and cook the pasta al dente. The recipe is adapted from Judy Rogers' famous Zuni Cafe Cookbook. The pine nuts work surprisingly well with the tuna. More

Dinner Tonight: Spaghetti with Thyme-Chile Celeriac Puree

In this recipe, the noodles are draped in a gently spicy and fragrant mash of celeriac—the texture of the pasta plays a starring role. Celeriac, a cousin of celery, is grown for its large root rather than the stalks we all recognize. It has that same wonderful grassy, aromatic flavor. A hit of fresh chile, thyme, and garlic round out the flavor. The puree comes from a Jamie Oliver recipe that uses it as a stuffing for ravioli. (I took the shorter route of simply tossing it with pasta.) More

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