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 By Luke Chavez    Specials    February 29, 2024 

Zippy Tofu Chili

While I am certainly known for my love of cooking savory meat dishes, throughout the week much of my diet is centered around vibrant plant-based options. Incorporating more vegetarian meals in your ro...

 

Tuna Noodle Casserole

In an American culinary culture that is endlessly chasing the latest gastronomic trends, it is sometimes nice to revisit the understated classics that home cooks have been making for generations. At...

 

Turkey Italian Wedding Soup

Little bits of green are popping up in our flower beds, and the backyard birds have been very active as of late. The change of season is rapidly approaching. With that, nights have still been a...

 

Beef Taquitos

Some of the most popular and recognizable foods of Mexico fall into the category of small bites called antojitos, which can be found across the country sold in markets or from street vendors....

 

Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

While some pasta dishes can be quite complicated, such as a slow simmering Bolognese or an intricately layered lasagna, some of my favorite recipes are those composed of just a few ingredients that...

 

Ginger Citrus Tahini Cookies

Over the years I have curated an eclectic collection of cookbooks. Dispersed between my tried-and-true classics (Julia Childs, The Silver Palate, and Alice Waters) and contemporary tomes full of artfu...

 

Weeknight Lentil Soup

With this long stretch of below-freezing temperatures my soup pot has been getting a lot of use this past week. While I love slowly tending to a gently simmering pot of soup, sometimes I need a...

 

Chicken Braised with Kale and White Beans

After an abnormally mild start to winter, frigid and snowy weather is finally on its way. In preparation I have been stocking up the pantry and pulling out my coziest recipes. This lovely one-pot...

 

Chocolate, Pistachio, and Orange Shortbread

After having baked and consumed countless cookie varieties over the years, I still consider a simple, buttery shortbread cookie to be my favorite. With the delicate balance between a tender crumb and...

 

Stuffed Mushrooms

With New Year's Eve approaching, another whirlwind season of winter holiday entertaining comes to an end. After all the formal sit-down feasts I love to keep things casual on NYE with a spread of fun...

 

Beef and Potato Gratin

With all the hustle and festivities of the winter holiday season in full swing, something as simple as a quiet night at home can feel like a luxury. Between the packed schedule of glittering engagemen...

 

Chewy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

In a season of sparkling extravagance, I have always felt that it is often the simplest gifts that can have the sweetest impact. A box of homemade cookies or candy from a neighbor or friend is always...

 

Red Lentil Chili

In the period between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, I often find myself seeking lighter, vegetarian recipes to counter the season's decadent feasting. This flavorful chili, with walnuts, bulgu...

 

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Galette

As a young budding cook, one of the earliest staple recipes I mastered was perfecting my flakey pie crust. With just a few ingredients, mainly butter and flour, the key to a perfect batch is all...

 

Salisbury Steak

Sometimes, when researching for this column, I like to search through my vintage cookbook collection for inspiration. It can be amusing, and sometimes a little frightening, to imagine what home cooks...

 

Sausage Rolls and Cranberry Relish

In a flash another holiday season has arrived, the time of year where gatherings are increasingly centered around a warm kitchen. To prepare, I research and gather recipes throughout the year to add t...

 

Chicken Vesuvio

As with many famous Italian American recipes, the origins of Chicken Vesuvio are slightly shrouded in mystery. Named after Italy's infamous Mount Vesuvius, the dish shares many qualities to chicken...

 

Red Wine Beef Stew

An abrupt change in the season arrived this past week and with it our first hard frost. Since then, all I have wanted to do is wear sweaters, listen to true-crime podcasts, and gently simmer things...

 

Cranberry & Walnut Pumpkin Bread

As the days have been getting shorter, and the mornings colder, my oven has been working overtime. Harvesting another beautiful pumpkin from our garden, and looking for some extra comfort this past...

 

Enmoladas de Queso

This time of year, I often find myself craving the warm smell of a bubbling pot of homemade mole. A quintessential part of Mexican cuisine with pre-Columbian roots, mole is made in a spectrum of...

 

Artichoke White Lasagna

When it comes to satisfying casserole dinners, bubbling in the oven, few are as popular as lasagna. Over the years, I have collected many variations on this homey favorite, from vegetarian delights to...

 

White Bean Chicken Chili

To regular readers of my column, it is probably no secret that autumn is my favorite time of year. In anticipation of cooler weather, I have been pulling my cozy sweaters and flannels out of storage...

 

Roast Chicken with Fall Vegetables

In my mind, the simple art of roasting a whole chicken is one of the most comforting and satisfying skills to practice in the kitchen. Getting the timing just right to develop crispy skin while the...

 

Honey Pear Tart

When we moved to this house, we discovered a prolific plum tree and a sad pear tree in our backyard. After a couple years of disappointing pear harvests, we did a little research and discovered that o...

 

Pasta with Green Beans and Almond Gremolata

Overwhelmed by summer squash and tomatoes, I occasionally forget the diverse list of things that we planted from seed in the spring. This week, John came back from the garden with a colander full of...

 

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