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July 31, 2008

Ziti with Arugula, Smoked Mozzarella, and Grape Tomatoes

Ziti with Arugula, Smoked Mozzarella, and Grape Tomatoes

Some days I go to the grocery store without really knowing what I'm going to make for dinner and hope to get some inspiration. This dish grew from one of those aimless supermarket excursions. I was in the mood for the peppery bite that good, fresh, arugula delivers and thought the sweetness from the grape tomatoes would balance it nicely. I threw in the smoked mozzarella because, well, why not?

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July 25, 2008

Grilled Peaches Recipe

Grilled Peaches

It really doesn't get any simpler than this. I made these to accompany some grilled dry rub pork chops and the sweetness was a nice complement to the spicy chili-based rub.

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July 24, 2008

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Just noticed this - Gourmet Magazine as created a set of free recipes exclusively for Amazon.com. You can download them from the bottom of this page at Amazon. Enjoy!

July 22, 2008

Farfalle with Pancetta Saffron Cream Sauce

Farfalle with Pancetta Saffron Cream Sauce

Like the orecchiette I made a couple weeks ago, this recipe is inspired by a favorite restaurant dish. But this time, it's my wife's favorite and I figured I'd earn some points by leaning how to make it.

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July 15, 2008

Grilled Pork Chops with Ancho Guajillo Chili Dry Rub

Grilled Pork Chops

I was thinking about dinner this evening and this one came to me on the train ride home. I've been wanting to experiment with dry rubs for some time now and this evening seemed as good a time as any. I paid a visit to the Grand Central Market before I got on my train and picked up some ancho chili powder and a package of dried guajillo chili peppers. I figured I'd combine them with some of what I had in my pantry and hope for the best.

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July 14, 2008

Ancho Guajillo Chili Dry Rub

This dry rub uses both ancho and guajillo chili and is great for chicken or pork.


Toss everything into a small food processor and pulse until well blended.

July 09, 2008

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July 07, 2008

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage

For a while in the late 1990S I worked on West 19th Street in Manhattan. A few doors down from the office was a small, unassuming, Italian restaurant called Portfolio that was steady and reliable. For some reason, their preparation of Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage always gave me a warm cozy feeling inside. Italian comfort food, if you will.

Recently, I started working in the old neighborhood again and Portfolio's is still there. I haven't been back to eat yet but I've been craving those little ears so I decided to make it myself.

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