Favorite Summer Salads and Slow Cooker BBQ Chix

Summer means barbecue and casual outdoor eating. Growing up meant family BBQs at my Great Aunt Helen and Uncle Perry’s rural home in upstate New Jersey on Labor Day Weekend and 4th of July with a crowd of at least 50, all immediate family related.

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Roasted Red Peppers with Garlic and Parsley


In magazines or on TV, I enjoy reading about parties and potlucks attended by all sorts of food luminaries; I am interested in who is bringing what. Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse fame, always is on record bringing a big…

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Oven-Poached Whole Salmon with Watercress Sauce

photo courtesy martha stewart
For salmon lovers, here is a spectacular special occasion presentation with a bit of ritual attached to it. It will be a welcome main course on a hot evening. I remember my first buffet where a…

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Fresh Corn Fritters


My friend Joan Breidenback, who every year rents a house twice a year in the surrounds of ancient Santa Fe, has developed a palate for the lively, colorful high-desert country cuisine of the Southwest.  This is her mother’s recipe.  Fritters…

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Deli-Roasted Chicken to the Rescue

The rotisserie chickens from the supermarket delis have finally made their way into the mainstream American’s kitchen, not only as the centerpiece for a meal, but an ingredient as well. Once a rarity, now every market and warehouse like Costco I go to has their own roasted chickens, even organic chickens.

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My Best Sauces: Filet of Beef with Mushroom Stroganoff Sauce

Stroganoff is a favorite old-fashioned continental dish that has delighted the most discriminating diners in posh restaurants for generations, but has sadly fallen into being categorized as passé. A nineteenth century French preparation with a Russian count’s surname, it is the ultimate gourmet dish.

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Summer in the Slow Cooker Tips plus Chinese Apricot Pork Roast with Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad

It’s September and still hot as blazes. While we often think of the slow cooker for those long cooked winter stews, the slow cooker is the premier tool for summer cooking as well. Think of turkey breast, pork roasts, even lamb shanks.

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Chinese Chicken Salad

There might be a riot if there was not a Chinese chicken salad in the Weeknight Cooking book; it is that popular a salad. Chicken salads on the whole are immensely popular, but this dish tops them all since it combines sweet, crunchy, spicy, cold, and sour all in one.

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David SooHoo’s Bread Machine Bao

Bao buns, encasing a filling of char siu pork, are a popular dim sum item in Cantonese restaurants. Old-timers usually steam them until fluffy white. Immigrant chefs who came to America discovered that when baked, the buns turned golden and pleased the locals. What they got was sort of an Asian hamburger.

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Mediterranean Greek Salad

A well-made combination salad is an irresistible delight. Especially on a hot night. It is healthy eating at it’s best and appeals to all types of eaters, fitting all palates (those on special diets appreciate lusty main dish salads they can dig into with abandon as well).

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