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Squid, Chorizo, and Chickpea Stew

Since I am still in awe of the tender, meaty texture that results from slowly cooking squid, I decided to further explore this cooking method.  Not only is the texture perfectly toothsome,  but the requisite slow cooking doesn’t actually take long at all.  For squid, “slow cooking” translates to about 30-40 minutes.  Thus, this is truthfully a relatively quick cooking soup that can easily be served as a simple meal on its own, or it can be beefed up a bit with a side salad, or a little bit of orzo pasta mixed in. This hearty squid soup is flavored […]

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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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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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Smoky Clams with Tomatoes and Sausage

I found this recipe over the summer on Food52, and it immediately appealed to me: succulent clams, steamed in a slurry of tomatoes, chorizo sausage, and white wine.  Smoked paprika and garlic make the mixture extra aromatic and enticing.  I have only been waiting for the right opportunity, as a big bowl of steamed clams isn’t a typical home-cooked meal for me on a random Tuesday night.  Usually, when I wait a while to make a recipe, it eventually gets overlooked for more compelling prospects.  Fortunately, this gem did not fall by the wayside.  Last Thursday night seemed the perfect […]

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Thai Curry Noodles with Shrimp and Vegetables

I do my best not to waste food.  I believe in resourceful cooking, meaning food shouldn’t only taste good, but it should be functional: simple, affordable, and unwasteful.  That’s how I derived the idea for this dish.  I had left over coconut milk from my chickpea salad, and figured that a Thai noodle dish would be a good vehicle for the leftovers. This is a simple rice noodle stir fry, loaded with green vegetables, shrimp, and lush coconut-curry sauce.  You may notice a lot of ranges in the ingredient list – just go with what suits your taste, and you […]

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