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Stuffed Calamari

I don’t have a ton of experience cooking calamari, but I know there are two cooking styles that yield a tender texture: cook it quickly over high heat (like flash frying), or cook it for a long time over low heat.  Well, that is what I have read; I’ve tried the first approach before, and the result was pretty rubbery.  So, when I found this recipe for stuffed calamari, simmered in tomato sauce, I was a bit skeptical.  Nonetheless, the recipe sounded too interesting to pass; I took my chances, and was pleasantly surprised. This recipe is made by stuffing […]

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Spicy Yucatan Shrimp

Is it still cold where you live?  Are you frustrated by on-going dreary weather?  Do you need a tiny food celebration to lift your spirits for any reason?  Yucatan Shrimp is the recipe for you.  This is a bright and spicy, peel-and-eat shrimp dish that will put a little bounce in your step.  There’s something festive about messy finger food, especially when it’s seafood.  If you’re looking for some festive seafood, with less mess, you could try these clams instead. I found this shrimp recipe on the New York Times Cooking website, although I made a few changes.  The basic […]

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Penna with Spicy Lamb Sauce

This is unique pasta dish can be on your dinner table in about 45 minutes or less, and it’s a nice riff on traditional meat sauce.  It’s called “spicy lamb sauce,” but depending on your preference, that can simply mean plenty of warm spices, but not necessarily heat.  The sauce is richly flavored with smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, and a touch of cinnamon.  These spices give it a warm, smokey flavor that pairs well with the earthiness of the ground lamb.  When you start cooking, I recommend measuring the oil that the garlic and shallots are sauteed in.  If you […]

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Feta and Pine Nut Cheese Ball

This pine nut-crusted feta cheese ball is a great recipe to serve at your next party or get together.  It’s a tangy mix of cream cheese and feta, lightened up by fresh herbs, lemon zest, and fennel seeds.  Once the whole thing comes together and chills in the refrigerator, it is rolled in toasted pine nuts.  All that’s needed is some crackers, you have a great appetizer. It has retro appeal, but with an upgraded Mediterranean flavor.  It’s simple to assemble, and best done in advance, which is ideal for any party.  I actually brought it to a friend’s Thanksgiving […]

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Crispy Roasted Cod

Crispy, roasted cod is a quick and tasty dish that won’t weigh you down, or run up your grocery bill.  All this dish requires is mixing up a simple bread crumb mixture, piling it on top of cod fillets on a sheet pan, and throwing the whole thing in a hot oven.  Serve the fish with a salad and you have a complete, low stress dinner.  I put my cod fillets on a baking rack (per the original recipe), but this could easily done with just a sheet pan, lined with foil or parchment paper.  If your cod fillets have […]

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