Chee’s cheese muffins

Our whole office packed up early the Tuesday before Christmas and headed out to our holiday celebration, centered, appropriately enough, around food. Over a never-ending procession of tiny, flavorful, Middle Eastern dishes, we kept talking about our favorite subject: except for the heated debate about global warming that I intentionally tuned out, we mostly discussed

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Roasted beet salad with candied pistachios

With three kids in the family, you have to put up with a certain amount of compromising on the all-important battlefield of dinnertime vegetables. Green beans (my favorite, but not in my sister’s good graces) switched off with spinach (I had a traumatic spinach experience in elementary school…), and everyone more or less ate it.

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Herbed Hollandaise sauce and eggs Benedict

I LOVE brunch. Both the delicious although totally absurd food (s’mores pancakes, anyone?) and the lazy weekend it represents. I used to go to brunch with friends fairly regularly, hitting a number of pretty excellent places in my brunch-restaurant-laden hipster neighborhood. Then I decided to work brunch instead of eating it. And while being behind

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Mashed-potato-stuffed peppers

Beans, beans, the magical fruit We all know the song, but our dear friend Harold McGee puts it slightly more tactfully: “Several chemical constituents of beans are responsible for an uncomfortable, sometimes embarrassing consequence of eating legumes: the generation of gas in the digestive system” (On Food and Cooking, 486). Why do beans have this

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Caramelized onion, cherry tomato, and Swiss cheese tart

Caramelization: making sugar even more delicious The farmers markets are full to bursting with tomatoes of all kinds, the squashy-looking heirlooms and juicy red beefsteak and tempting yellow something-or-other. But since the big guys require a cutting process that never fails to get guts everywhere, I usually go for the cherry tomatoes. Tonight they were

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