A Simple Green Salad

A green salad seems so easy, so boring, but it's one of those essential dishes like pasta, scrambled eggs, or a pot of beans, where the magic is in the details. I make one with pretty much every dinner I serve, and it ranks high in my list of favorite foods—salad with dinner is how …

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Beet, Apple, and Pickle Salad

Hello from Seattle! I’ve written most of this from the lovely Amtrak Cascade, en route from Portland to here. It's a luxurious ride—trains are always better than airplanes, in my opinion—and the scenery is so lush. There’s every shade of green, yellow, and orange, and the train tracks are wedged between some substantial, tree-covered hills. …

Summer Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are one of those foodstuffs that I never really got into. This is for two reasons. First, because I’m not such a fan of bell peppers—in their raw state at least, I find what flavor they have to be watery, one-dimensional, and surprisingly overpowering—and second, because it seems like such a ubiquitous vegetarian …

Red Cabbage Slaw

It is so hot here in Brooklyn—it's the heavy, wet-blanket kind of heat that robs you of your zest for life, inspires temper tantrums when you enter a un-air conditioned subway car, and results in sleepless nights where you find yourself at 3 AM lying diagonally across your bed with streams of sweat dripping into …