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A LESSON IN MASHED POTATOES

A LESSON IN MASHED POTATOES

Mashed Potatoes are not only the essential comfort food on your Thanksgiving Buffet, but they are necessary for soaking up all of the delicious gravy! And while they look deceptively simple, they are an art to master. Here’s the low-down on glorious spuds (my best recipe is posted below too)…

MY VERY BEST MASHED POTATOES

These incredibly smooth and flavorful mashed potatoes are still my favorite. Wolfgang Puck taught me to throw peeled garlic cloves into the water when cooking potatoes; when the cloves are pureed with the potatoes, a subtle garlic flavor permeates beautifully. You can substitute sour cream for the crème fraiche if you prefer, but like the delectable richness and slightly tart flavor that comes from using the crème fraiche.

ANTIPASTO PASTA SALAD

ANTIPASTO PASTA SALAD

Perfect for summer barbeques or a picnic outing, this salad is everything you love about a sub sandwich.
  • Time: 1 1/2 HOURS
  • Complexity: advanced
  • Origin: Sides

ARANCINI STUFFED WITH BURRATA CHEESE

ASPARAGUS VINAIGRETTE
  • Time: 5 min
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Origin: Sides

ASPARAGUS VINAIGRETTE

ASPARAGUS WITH MORELS

ASPARAGUS WITH MORELS

A traditional Alsatian dish to welcome Summer…and one of my true favorites. Pair the dish with a crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc.
ASPARAGUS WITH WASABI-MAYONNAISE DIP
  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Sides

ASPARAGUS WITH WASABI-MAYONNAISE DIP

BAKED CARAMELIZED ONION DIP

BAKED CARAMELIZED ONION DIP

You can caramelize any type of onion. The higher the sugar content of the onion the faster they will become sweet and savory. Make extra and use them for French onion soup, over grilled chicken or on your next pizza.
BARBECUED BABA GANOUSH

BARBECUED BABA GANOUSH

When buying eggplant, select those with shiny and unbruised skins and an even shape, for even cooking. Pita bread, tomato wedges and cucumber slices make delicious accompaniments for dipping.
BLUE CHEESE STUFFED NECTARINES

BLUE CHEESE STUFFED NECTARINES

A delicious accompaniment to skirt steak or pork chops on the grill.
  • Time: 15 min
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Sides

BRAISED WINTER GREENS with CHIPOTLE CHILES

Recipe Excerpted from THE SANTA MONICA FARMERS MARKET COOKBOOK By Amelia Saltzman Make this cold-weather side with Swiss chard, collards, beet greens, or a kale, such as dusky cavolo nero, from the Carpenters or the Colemans. Bill Coleman also grows spigarello, an ancient leafing broccoli with no heads, that is delicious in this recipe. Turn this into a main dish by adding 3 or 4 cups of southwestern beans, such as Indian Woman Yellow, cooked with extra chipotles and a couple of smoked tomatoes from Windrose.
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