Lighter Cajun Tilapia Sandwich with Bacon & Lime Mayo

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  I think when you begin to love someone, it’s just part of the natural progression of things to probe them endlessly to figure out everything they like to eat. And everything they hate, too. I ask questions about food preferences immediately — in friendships, in love — mostly because, well, let’s not get hurt later on.    …

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Brown Sugar Chili Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Crema

Brown Sugar Chili Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Crema

Do you ever make a meal and just know, I mean know—with absolute certainty—that somewhere in the Hamptons, Ina Garten would be, like, super proud of you? That even if she were completely absorbed in splitting vanilla beans for homemade extract, she would totally side-eye your dish and smile? This is that meal. It’s got…

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Lighter Fried Fish Sandwich with Creamy Coleslaw

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Did you grow up eating McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches? Any kind of fried fish sandwiches? I sure did. Thousands of them, give or take one to two sandwiches. The tally is so startling it convinces me that even if I never get the chance to eat another, I’ll still—on the eve of my [hard rockin’] eighty-fifth…

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Soba Noodle and Shrimp Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing

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I craved something drastically different and less corned than the multiple Irish feasts I ate this past weekend. I needed something or someone to drag me out from my salt cave. And this was it. Shrimp. Soba noodles. Peanut butter. Ginger. Lime. Love. Served warm, served cold–it offers so much flavor. It’s rich and peanut…

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The Simplest Poached Salmon with Pesto and Feta

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Listen, I swoon over salmon in restaurants The chef pan sears her in some perfectly piping fat, to a fiery pink crust, bakes her to a buttery, slippery center, broils her, even, just ‘til her flakes feel melting on my tongue. But at home, all the salmon I prepare myself is less lovable. She’s never…

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Paella Party

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All I’ll tell you is I have the best friends in the world. And oh goodness do they have a way with sangria. They really outdid themselves on Sunday. Because oh I’ve got a tender spot for tapas and for bellies and simply tossed greens and bowls filled with rich saffron-scented rice and mussels who’ll…

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