Salads, Side Dishes

Insalata di Riso (Rice Salad)

Serves 8 to 10 Make this with whole grains such as brown rice, spelt, or barley if you prefer. Increase the cooking time for these grains and cook them long enough to be tender to the bite. Ingredients Kosher salt, as needed 1 lb (2 2/3 cups) Carnaroli or Arborio […]

Side Dishes

Moroccan-Style Carrot Salad

Serves 8 Ingredients 2 lb carrots (peeled and thinly sliced) 2 garlic cloves 4 tablespoon olive oil Juice of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon ground cumin Small pinch of cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon minced cilantro 1 teaspoon minced parsley 2 onions, finely chopped 1 cup chopped dates Directions In a medium […]

Main Dishes, Sandwiches

Onion, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Roll-Ups

Makes 4 servings These roll-ups are a variation on an onion tart with blue cheese and walnuts. Red wine is a natural with this hearty appetizer. It was paired with Whitecliff Vineyard’s Merlot at a vegetarian wine tasting event in New York State’s Hudson River Valley. Both the roll-ups and […]

Main Dishes

Spicy Kung Pao Tofu with Peanuts and Zucchini Noodles

Makes 8 Servings Ingredients 1 lb extra firm tofu, drained Kosher salt, as needed 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine or sherry 2 tablespoons sesame oil Sauce 2 tablespoons bean sauce 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons chile paste with garlic 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar 2 cups peanut […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Spring is For Foodies

Welcome, spring! After a cold winter, nothing is more welcome than the first signs of the season: bright green shoots poking through the soil, buzzing bumblebees, and—my favorite, naturally—new produce! Having grown up in The Garden State and after many years in New York’s Hudson Valley, I consider myself a […]

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The Perfect Condiment for Summer Sandwiches

It’s Laura here, your DISH editor and certified beach bum. I grew up at the Jersey Shore, and between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there were three priorities: swim, sun, snacks. For me, the perfect beach snacks are as follows: cubed melon, pretzel rods (not sticks), shortbread cookies for a […]

Soups and Stews


Serves 8 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 small yellows onions, diced 1 cup chopped carrots 2 small Yukon gold potatoes, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 10 cups chopped broccoli florets and stems, reserved separately 8 cups vegetable broth 1 cup raw cashews 2 teaspoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons […]

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What I’m Cooking: Lentil Soup

We may be socially isolated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make new friends. Let me start! Hi, CIA DISH! I’m Laura, and I am the editor here. You might come to recognize my voice (at least, my written one) throughout the recipes and posts on this site. I’m a […]

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What I’m Cooking: Not Brisket

I’ve never celebrated Passover, but I am not immune to cravings for Mrs. Maisel-quality brisket when all of my friends are preparing for Seder. I put all of the ingredients for a tasty braised brisket on my grocery store order this week, and well, unfortunately, this will be a brisket-less […]