Category Archives: Mains

Recipe: No-Knead Pizza Dough

This is a variation of Overnight Pizza Dough for those without stand mixers, kitchen scales, pizza peels or a work ethic. Time does all the work. This is so easy, you’ll shake your head at those bags of pre made … Continue reading

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Recipe: Nair’s Moqueca (Sea Bass) Bahai-Style

Here’s another recipe from my Brazilian chef friend Nair. I like how the seafood gets three different styles of preparation—acid marinade, sauteeing and stovetop stewing. Serves 8. Ingredients: 2 lbs fillets of sea bass, mahi mahi or other firm-fleshed fish … Continue reading

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Recipe: Nair’s “National Dish” Feijoada

My friend Nair Wolf, a chef who hails from Brazil, has shared her recipe for this legendary one-dish meal. The following is a restaurant-size prep that will serve 15-20 people but because there so many ingredients I’d advise you to … Continue reading

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Recipe: Nair’s Feijoada Sauce

This is a necessary accompaniment for Nair’s “National Dish” Feijoada. Ingredients: Juice of 3 lemons 1/4 c orange juice 1/2 c feijoada juice (cooking liquid from the feijoada) 3 T green onion 2 T fresh cilantro, chopped 3 T Italian … Continue reading

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Recipe: Easy Korean Fried Chicken

As irresistible as the sweet/spicy chicken from a Korean market, but made with ingredients from your kitchen and your local supermarket. Serves 4-6. Ingredients: 1 24-oz package Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips (original flavor) 3 T fresh ginger, peeled 3 T … Continue reading

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Recipe: Mexican Pork Stew with Tomatillos

This is also called “chile verde”. The proportions are approximate and very forgiving as long as you have ample tomatillos (Mexican green tomatoes) for texture and tartness. Serves 6 as a main dish, or more if used as taco or … Continue reading

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Recipe: Cheese Steak Sandwiches

I use mustard which anyone from Philly will tell you is heresy. Fine; all the more for me. Makes 3 sandwiches. Ingredients: 1 lb shaved steak* 1 medium onion, sliced 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms (optional) Olive oil Yellow mustard Vinegar … Continue reading

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Recipe: Shrimp and Grits after Ric Orlando

Celebrity Chef Ric Orlando, currently of New World Catering and formerly of “Chopped”, demo’d this recipe at the 2014 Saratoga Wine & Food Festival. I asked him if I could share the recipe and he gave me a list of … Continue reading

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Recipe: The Redneck Within

A complete country breakfast in a muffin. Inspired by The Rebel Within, a much more frou-frou concoction from Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco. Makes 6 large muffins. Ingredients: 6 soft boiled eggs, carefully peeled then thoroughly chilled (see *NOTE) … Continue reading

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Recipe: Thai Beef Salad

They don’t actually eat this in Thailand, as I understand, since it’s primarily a vegetarian country. So treat this as a starter recipe and doctor as you like. The key is the balance of salty/sour/funky/spicy/bitter from the fish sauce, lime … Continue reading

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