Lemony Turmeric Dressing

Lemony Turmeric Dressing

Lemony Turmeric Dressing


1 C. yogurt

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 T. fresh lemon juice

zest from one lemon

1 large clove garlic, minced

1½ tsp. ground turmeric

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Add all of the ingredients to the pitcher of your high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add additional lemon juice or a little water to thin the dressing, as desired. Add sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to your liking.

Mocha Morning Blast Smoothie

Mocha Morning Blast Smoothie

Mocha Morning Blast Smoothie


1/2 cup (120 ml) canned coconut milk, chilled

1 /4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened pourable coconut milk, chilled

1/4 avocado, ripe, chilled (frozen chunk?)

1 T. (5 g) cocoa powder

1 T. (8 g) vanilla whey protein powder

1 tsp. instant coffee

18 drops chocolate-flavored liquid stevia

9 drops vanilla-flavored liquid stevia


Put it all in the blender. Run the blender, scraping the sides once or twice to make sure your cocoa powder and coffee crystals aren’t sticking there, until you’ve got a super-thick, smooth shake. Pom into a car cup and hit the streets. Dare yourself to feel deprived!

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad with Halloumi (Sheet Pan)

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad with Halloumi (Sheet Pan)

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad with Halloumi


5 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1½ tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper

½ small head of red cabbage (about 10 oz.), cut into 1″ pieces

1 medium red onion, cut into 8 wedges through root end

1½ lb. winter squash, preferably delicata, halved, seeds removed, sliced crosswise ½” thick

1 large pita bread, split into 2 layers, cut or torn into 1½”–2″ pieces

8 oz. Halloumi cheese, cut into 1″ pieces

2 T. apple cider vinegar

1½ tsp. ground sumac

Mint sprigs (for serving)


Preheat oven to 425°. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with 1 Tbsp. oil. Mix garlic, salt, Aleppo-style pepper, and 3 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl. Add cabbage, onion, and squash and toss to coat. Spread out on prepared baking sheet (keep bowl handy) and roast until squash is browned underneath, 25–30 minutes. Toss pita, Halloumi, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in reserved bowl. Scatter over vegetables, then turn vegetables over with a large spatula. Roast until squash is fork-tender and cabbage, onion, pita, and Halloumi are browned in spots (cheese should be soft inside), 15–20 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with vinegar. Top with sumac and mint.

West Coast Salmon

West Coast Salmon

West Coast Salmon


1 (1 and 1/2 lb.) skin-on salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions

Extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt & coarsely ground

black pepper

4 sprigs thyme, leaves only, plus extra for garnish (divided)

4 nectarines or apricots, halved

2 T. honey

Flaked sea salt

4 oz. (1/2 cup) fresh whole-milk ricotta

Sliced toasted almonds (for garnish)

Garden salad, to server


Soak cedar planks in water for at least 30 minutes and up to a day before using. Preheat the grill to medium (about 350°F). Use paper towels to pat the fish dry. Rub all over with olive oil and season both sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the thyme leaves over the salmon (leaving some for the nectarines and for the garnish), and press to adhere. Put the plank on the grill directly over the flames. Cover the grill and allow the plank to heat until starting to just smoke, about 2 minutes. Turn and repeat on the other side. Add the fish skin-side down, to the plank. Add the nectarines cut side up. Drizzle the nectarines with honey, sprinkle with most of the remaining thyme leaves, and a little salt. Cover the grill and cook for 7-to-12 minutes or until fish is almost opaque all the way through and flakes easily and the nectarines are caramelized and tender. (If the planks get too hot and ignite, spritz them with water from a spray bottle. Alternatively, you can grill the salmon directly on an oiled grill grate for 3-to-4 minutes per side, and roast the nectarines in a baking dish in a 400°F oven for 12 minutes.) To serve, add a couple T. of ricotta over each piece of fish, and sprinkle with the almonds. Garnish with thyme. Serve with a garden salad.

Chef Garcia’s Goat Cheese Artichoke Strata

Chef Garcia’s Goat Cheese Artichoke Strata

Chef Garcia’s Goat Cheese Artichoke Strata


8 C. cubed sourdough bread (about 1 baguette)

12 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled

Zest of 1 lemon

¼ cup chopped fresh sage

2 T. chopped fresh thyme

1 tsp. grated fresh nutmeg

3 6½-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained

1½ C. heavy cream

8 large eggs

Salt and white pepper to taste


Generously butter a 13 x 9 x 2–inch baking dish and layer in the cubed bread, crumbled goat cheese, artichoke hearts, and lemon zest. Sprinkle the chopped herbs over mixture. Whisk cream, eggs, nutmeg, salt, and pepper until frothy, then pour over strata. Let sit for at least 4 hours or overnight so the bread can absorb the egg cream mixture. Bake at 350° until brown around the edges and golden on top, about 1 hour

Duck Breast with Braised Cabbage

Duck Breast with Braised Cabbage

Duck Breast with Braised Cabbage


2 ounces duck fat

2 onions, thinly sliced

2 ounces bacon, thinly sliced

1 medium white cabbage, thinly sliced

12 juniper berries, chopped

20 black peppercorns, ground

1 sprig of thyme, chopped

1 bottle white wine

4 duck breast halves


Heat duck fat in a sauté pan and cook onions and bacon over medium heat until onions are soft. Add spices. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and plunge the cabbage into it, removing and draining right away. Add it to onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add wine and stir. Cover pot and simmer for 1½ hours. Start preparing duck breasts 30 minutes before you want to serve. Take a sharp knife and score the skin of the duck breast with three cuts each way across, creating a crisscross pattern. Be sure to not go all the way through the skin to the meat. The purpose of the scoring is to expose the fat to help with rendering. Season with salt and pepper. Render the duck breasts skin-side down in a sauté pan on medium heat, draining off excess fat every 5 minutes. After 20 minutes, the fat cap should be mostly removed, leaving a nicely crisped skin. Flip the breasts over and finish cooking for about 5 minutes. Let the breast rest in a warm place for 5 minutes. Place a mound of braised cabbage on each plate. Slice breasts thinly and place on top of braised cabbage to serve.

Barbara’s Kumquat Salsa

Barbara’s Kumquat Salsa

Barbara’s Kumquat Salsa

Enjoy with your favorite chips or crackers, or serve with seafood, fish, or chicken. It’s also delicious tucked into a taco.


Makes about 2½ C.


½ pound (about 2 C.) kumquats

1 shallot, diced

1 jalapeño or serrano, diced

Zest and juice from ½ lime

2 T. olive oil

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste


Wash kumquats, thinly slice or dice coarsely, and remove the seeds (as desired). Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and serve.

Miso Butternut Squash Soup

Miso Butternut Squash Soup

Miso Butternut Squash Soup


2 T. canola oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed

5 C. low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

3 T. white or yellow miso paste

Handful of chopped fresh herbs (like thyme)

Salt & pepper to taste

Fresh herbs for topping (thyme or cilantro)

2 C. raw whole pumpkin seeds for toasting

Drizzle of crème fraîche for garnish (optional)


In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and stir until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add in the squash and cook another 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, miso paste, and herbs. Bring to a boil and cook until squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and puree using either an immersion blender or standard blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Add toppings when ready to serve. To make the toasted pumpkin seeds: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add raw pumpkin seeds to a sheet pan in a single layer, do not overlap. Spray pumpkin seeds with canola cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook in oven for 15 to 20 minutes, making sure to check them and toss the seeds periodically so they don’t burn! Top the soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, some herbs, and a drizzle of crème fraîche if desired.

Peach and Sour Cream Pancakes

Peach and Sour Cream Pancakes

Peach and Sour Cream Pancakes


1 large egg

1 cup (8 ounces or 230 grams) sour cream

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

2 T. (25 grams) sugar

1/4 tsp. table salt

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground nutmeg

¾ cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Butter, for pan

1 peach, halved, pitted, and very thinly sliced (about 1/8-inch slices)


Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Whisk the egg, sour cream, vanilla, and sugar together in the bottom of a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Fold dry ingredients into wet, mixing until just combined and still a little lumpy. Heat your skillet or sauté pan to medium-low. A cast-iron skillet is my favorite to use for pancakes but if you don’t have one, just use your heaviest skillet for best browning. Melt a pat of butter in the bottom of the pan, and ladle 1/4 cup batter at a time, leaving at least 2 inches between pancakes. Arrange two peach slices over the batter. Don’t worry if they are bigger than the batter puddle, because the pancake will spread as it cooks. When the pancakes are dry around the edges and you can see bubbles forming on the top, after about 3 to 4 minutes, get your spatula all the way underneath the pancake-and-peach puddle, and flip it in one quick movement. If any peaches try to slide out from underneath, nudge them back where they belong.

Grilled Halloumi Wraps

Grilled Halloumi Wraps

Grilled Halloumi Wraps


1 red onion, halved and sliced thin

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon ground sumac

3/4 teaspoon table salt, divided

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 large red bell pepper

4 (8-inch) pitas, divided

12 ounces halloumi cheese, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 ounces (2 cups) arugula

Combine onion, vinegar, sumac, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Stir until well combined and set aside. Place lemon juice in small bowl. Mince or grate garlic and add to juice. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and whisk to combine. Whisk in yogurt until smooth. Slice 1/2 inch from top and bottom of bell pepper. Gently remove stem from top. Twist and pull out core, using knife to loosen at edges if necessary. Cut slit down 1 side of bell pepper. Turn bell pepper skin side down and gently press so it opens to create long strip. Slide knife along insides to remove remaining ribs and seeds. Lightly moisten 2 pitas with water. Sandwich remaining pitas between moistened pitas and wrap tightly in lightly greased heavy-duty aluminum foil. Turn all burners on gas grill to high; cover; and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on high and turn off other burner(s). Clean and oil cooking grate. Arrange halloumi slices and bell pepper pieces, skin side up. on hotter side of grill. Cook, covered, until undersides of cheese and bell pepper are lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Using tongs, flip cheese and bell pepper and continue to cook until second side of cheese and bell pepper are lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes longer. Meanwhile, place packet of pitas on cooler side of grill. Flip occasionally to heat, about 5 minutes. Transfer cheese and bell pepper to cutting board. Cut bell pepper into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to second small bowl. Add oil. pepper flakes, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and toss to combine. Lay each warm pita on 12-inch square of foil or parchment paper. Spread each pita with one-quarter of yogurt mixture. Place one-quarter of cheese in middle of each pita. Top with pepper, onion, and arugula. Drizzle with any remaining onion liquid. Roll pita into cylinder. Wrap in foil, cut in half, and serve.

Grilled Mushrooms with Rosemary-Lemon Basting Butter & Variations

Grilled Mushrooms with Rosemary-Lemon Basting Butter & Variations

Grilled Mushrooms with Rosemary-Lemon Basting Butter & Variations


4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon pepper, divided

1 pound white, cremini, shiitake, portobello, oyster, maitake, and/or king oyster mushrooms, at least 2 inches wide

½ teaspoon vegetable oil

¼ teaspoon table salt


Use any mix of mushrooms you like, as long as the caps measure at least 2 inches in diameter. A grill basket is helpful here but not essential. These mushrooms make a great accompaniment to other grilled foods. The parcooked mushrooms can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.


Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add soy sauce, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is simmering and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm until ready to use. Trim tough ends of stems on white and cremini mushrooms and cut in half. Remove stems from shiitake mushrooms. Remove stems from portobello mushrooms and halve caps if smaller than 4 inches; quarter if larger. Trim oyster and maitake mushrooms and tear into 2- to 2½-inch pieces. Trim stems on king oyster mushrooms and slice crosswise ¾ inch thick. Combine mushrooms and ½ cup water in bowl. Cover and microwave for 1 minute. Stir well; re-cover; and microwave until mushrooms have reduced in size by about one-third and liquid has increased to almost 1 cup, about 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and let rest, covered, for 5 minutes to finish cooking. Drain well. Dry bowl and return mushrooms to bowl. Let stand at room temperature while preparing grill. FOR A CHARCOAL GRILL: Open bottom vent completely. Light large chimney starter three-quarters filled with charcoal briquettes (about 4½ quarts). When top coals are partially covered with ash, pour evenly over half of grill. Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent completely. Heat grill until hot, about 5 minutes. FOR A GAS GRILL: Turn all burners to high; cover; and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on high and turn off other burner(s). Clean and oil cooking grate. Toss mushrooms with oil, salt, and remaining ½ teaspoon pepper. Arrange mushrooms on hotter side of grill. Cook (covered if using gas), flipping mushrooms every 2 minutes, until well browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes. Carefully brush mushrooms with half of basting butter and continue to cook until butter is sizzling and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Transfer to bowl with remaining basting butter and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.


Garlic-Parsley Basting Butter


4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon pepper


Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add Worcestershire, parsley, garlic, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is simmering and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm until ready to use.



Ginger-Miso Basting Butter


4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon white miso

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon pepper


Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add miso, soy sauce, ginger, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is simmering and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm until ready to use.

Roasted Red Pepper & Pine Nut Beef Rollups

Roasted Red Pepper & Pine Nut Beef Rollups

Roasted Red Pepper & Pine Nut Beef Rollups


2 T. (18 g) pine nuts

1/2 roasted red pepper, drained

2 ounces (55 g) deli roast beef, cut in 3 slices

3 T. (45 g) Boursin cheese


Put a small skillet over medium-low heat and stir the pine nuts in it until they’re lightly golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Cut your half-roasted red pepper into three long strips.     Lay a slice of roast beef on a plate. Spread a T. of Boursin on it. Lay a strip of red pepper along one end, and sprinkle pine nuts alongside it. Roll the whole thing up with the red pepper and pine nuts in the center. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Mulberry Crumble Cake

Mulberry Crumble Cake

Mulberry Crumble Cake


2½ C. sugar

2½ C. all-purpose flour

1 cup (2 sticks) butter


2½ C. all-purpose flour

2½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

2 C. sugar

4 eggs

1 cup buttermilk, milk or dry white wine

4 C. mulberries


Make the crumb topping by pulsing the ingredients in a food processor or cutting them together with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture is crumbly. Chill. Grease a 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 375°. To make the cake, combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. Beat the butter until smooth and fluffy. Add sugar slowly and continue to beat until well mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add about ¾ cup of the flour mixture and stir to combine. Add ½ cup milk and stir to combine. Repeat, ending with the remaining flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top evenly with mulberries. Sprinkle crumble topping over all and press lightly. Bake 1 hour, or until top of cake is brown. It may jiggle a little in the middle, that’s expected. Serve with cream or vanilla ice cream. Also delicious for breakfast. Makes about 16 servings.

If using frozen mulberries: Cook 90 minutes.

Afternoon Onion Soup

Afternoon Onion Soup

Afternoon Onion Soup


4 ounces (1 stick) butter

4 ounces coconut oil

3 pounds onions

1½ C. grated potatoes (2 medium-sized potatoes)

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

32 ounces vegetable or beef broth

1 small (4- or 5-ounce) round of Camembert or other ripened cheese

½ to 1 cup cream, optional


Place butter and coconut oil in a deep soup pot and melt over medium heat. Peel each onion and cut in half lengthwise. Lay face down and halve lengthwise again, then slice thinly crosswise. Add the onions to the pot, stirring to coat in the melted fats. Gently cook the onions over low to medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring often. They should all turn a light brown color and become very aromatic. If you wish to continue until they caramelize, cook for another 20 minutes or so until very soft and browned, stirring as needed to prevent burning. Turn heat up to medium-high. Add grated potato to the onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring well. Stir in salt and pepper. Stir in broth, bring to a simmer and cook on medium for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Cut the round of Camembert cheese in half. Holding one of the halves over the pot, use a tsp. to scoop out the creamy inner cheese and drop into the hot soup. Repeat with other half round of cheese. Using an immersion blender or a standing blender, carefully blend the soup to a creamy consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve hot. If desired, add the cream just before serving and stir well; or place the cream on the table and let each eater add it as they wish. It really increases the richness of the soup.

Delicata Squash with Agrodolce

Delicata Squash with Agrodolce

Delicata Squash with Agrodolce


1 delicata squash

Kosher salt

3 shallots sliced

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 T. sugar

Freshly ground black pepper


Cut off one end of each of the squashes to reveal the seeds and core. Using a long-handled spoon, scrape out the seeds and discard (or save for another use). Cut the squash crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Heat a grill or a grill pan over moderate heat. Do not oil the grates of the grill or the pan, but make sure they are very clean. Have a platter and a piece of foil on hand. Dry-grill the squash until charred on one side, about 5 minutes, then use tongs to flip the squash and continue to cook until the slices are well browned and almost tender, about 5 minutes more. As the slices are grilled, transfer them to a platter and cover with foil. Season lightly with salt and keep tightly covered while you make the agrodolce. Combine the shallots and olive oil in a skillet over moderate heat and cook, stirring from time to time, until softened and golden brown in spots, about 10 minutes. Stir in the raisins, vinegar, sugar, 1 tsp. salt and several grinds of black pepper and simmer until the mixture has reduced to a juicy glaze, about 2 minutes. Immediately pour the shallot mixture over the squash and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving.

BLT Pasta

BLT Pasta

BLT Pasta


Kosher salt

4 ounces slab bacon, cut into ½-inch dice

1 T. olive oil

¾ pound mezze rigatoni

1 pound cherry or baby Sun Gold tomatoes, halved (about 3 C.)

Freshly ground black pepper

5 ounces watercress, roughly chopped

Grated Pecorino Romano cheese, for serving


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 T. of salt and return to a rolling boil. While the water comes to a boil, prepare the sauce: Place the bacon and olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until the bacon is crisp, stirring occasionally to make sure it does not burn, about 8 minutes. Remove the bacon and set aside. Pour off all but 2 T. fat from the pan. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Add the tomatoes to the skillet and cook over medium heat, coating them in the bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper. As the moisture from the tomatoes releases and deglazes the pan, scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Sauté the tomatoes until they are tender and almost melt, about 5 minutes more. Add half of the bacon to the skillet and toss together to combine. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the pasta directly to the skillet and toss to coat. Add the watercress and ½ cup pasta water and toss until the watercress wilts, adding ¼ cup more of pasta water (up to 1 cup) as needed to loosen up the sauce. Plate in bowls, season with salt and pepper, and top with the remaining bacon. Pass the grated Pecorino Romano at the table

Waffles Rancheros

Waffles Rancheros

Waffles Rancheros


1 tsp olive oil

¼ cup finely diced onion

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp finely chopped seeded jalapeno

1 cup flour

¾ cup masa harina

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp sugar

½ tsp salt

1¾ C. whole milk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled


1 tsp olive oil

½ cup minced onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (14-oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry

1 (14-oz) can diced tomatoes, drained

1 canned chipotle pepper, finely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp fresh lime juice

¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves

Salt and pepper to taste


Fried eggs

Queso fresco cheese, crumbled

Avocado, diced or sliced


Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a medium sauté pan. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté for several minutes until onion is translucent. Add the beans, drained tomatoes, chipotle pepper, cumin and lime juice. Warm on medium heat. Add the cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.


Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a small sauté pan. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté for several minutes until onion is translucent. Add the jalapeno. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, masa harina, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs and cooled melted butter. Add onion mixture to wet mixture. Fold wet mixture into the dry mixture. Heat the waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. Make waffles based on size of iron. Top each warm waffle with black beans, a fried egg, avocado and crumbled queso fresco cheese.

Bucatini with Dungeness Crab

Bucatini with Dungeness Crab

Bucatini with Dungeness Crab


1¼ C. Dungeness crab meat

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

Pinch chile flakes

1½ C. San Marzano tomatoes, chopped

1 pound bucatini pasta

¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon plus juice

Salt as needed


Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Gently sauté the garlic until it starts to take on a golden brown color. Then remove and discard the garlic. Add chile flakes to the pan, cooking briefly before adding the tomatoes. Cook until the sauce thickens. Reduce heat and add the crab meat (plus crab fat, if you have it). Cook bucatini in a generous amount of boiling, salted water until al dente, drain, and toss with the crab sauce. Sprinkle in the chopped parsley, add lemon zest, and toss again. Adjust seasoning with salt and lemon juice and serve.

Brown Turkey Fig Jam with Sherry & Fennel

Brown Turkey Fig Jam with Sherry & Fennel

Brown Turkey Fig Jam with Sherry & Fennel


8–9 eight-ounce canning jars and lids

4 . pounds stemmed brown turkey figs

2 pounds 2 ounces white cane sugar

3 scant tsp. fennel seeds

2 ounces cream sherry or Marsala

2 ounces strained freshly squeezed lemon juice


Slice 1. pounds of the figs into sixths or, if the figs are very large, into eighths. Combine the slivered figs with the sugar in a large heatproof mixing bowl and let macerate while you proceed with the recipe. Place the remaining 2. pounds of figs in a stainless-steel kettle wide enough to hold them in a single layer. Add enough cold water to make a .-inch layer in the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan and bring the fruit to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Stir, decrease the heat to medium-low, cover again, and cook for 5 minutes. Then, using a potato masher, crush the figs well to release their juices. Stir, cover once more, and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the figs are mushy and translucent, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent sticking. While the figs are cooking, crush the fennel seeds in a mortar or grind them coarsely in a spice grinder. Place the sherry and fennel seeds in a small saucepan and heat them slowly until the sherry just starts to steam. Remove the mixture from the heat, cover, and set aside to steep. When the whole figs are finished cooking, put them through the finest disk of a food mill and add them to the slivered figs and sugar. Scrape any fruit that does not go through the mill back into the rest of the fruit, breaking up the chunks as you go. Stir well to dissolve the sugar, then add the lemon juice. Transfer the mixture to an 11- or 12-quart copper preserving pan or a wide nonreactive kettle. Bring the jam to a boil over high heat, stirring a few times with a heatproof rubber spatula. When the jam boils, decrease the heat to a lively simmer, stirring frequently. After 7 minutes of simmering, mash the fruit a little with a potato masher. Continue cooking, stirring very frequently, and lowering the heat slightly if the jam begins to stick.  After 20 minutes of simmering, or when the jam has thickened, strain the seeds from the sherry and add the sherry to the jam.  Cook a minute or 2 more and when ready, pour into sterilized jars and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Serving suggestion: Try it on turkey sandwiches or with soft cheese and a sprinkling of toasted hazelnuts for dessert.

Spaghetti all’assassina

Spaghetti all’assassina

Spaghetti all’assassina

This recipe was developed with our winning spaghetti, De Cecco Spaghetti No. 12. Other brands of spaghetti may vary in thickness, which will affect the cooking time and the amount of broth required. Fish spatulas work well for flipping the pasta. Passata is an uncooked tomato puree: we used Pomi brand. If you cannot find it, tomato puree can be used.  The sauce will splatter as it cooks, which is why we call for using a long-handled spatula. A splatter screen helps contain the splattering.


6 C. water

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 cup plus 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2-3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 cup tomato passata

1 cup tomato passata

1 3/4 tsp. table salt

12 ounces spaghetti


Whisk water, tomato paste, and sugar together in medium saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low to keep tomato broth warm. Heat 1/3  cup oil, garlic, and pepper flakes in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently with long-handled rubber spatula, until garlic is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in passata and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and oil around edges of skillet begins to sizzle, about 4 minutes. Add pasta in even layer and increase heat to medium-high. Add 1 cup tomato broth and cook, pushing between pasta strands frequently with edge of spatula to prevent clumping, until broth has been mostly absorbed by pasta and sauce around edges of skillet begins to sizzle, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 1 cup broth and cook, shaking skillet occasionally and continuing to prod pasta strands with spatula, until broth has been mostly absorbed and sauce begins to sizzle, 5 to 7 minutes. Using 2 thin spatulas, gently flip half of pasta so bottom is on top and spread into even layer. Repeat with remaining half of pasta . Add 1 cup broth and cook, continuing to shake skillet and prod pasta, until broth has been mostly absorbed and sauce begins to sizzle. 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1 cup broth and repeat cooking until sauce begins to sizzle, 5 to 7 minutes. Repeat dividing and flipping pasta.  Add 1 cup broth and repeat cooking until sauce begins to sizzle. 5 to 7 minutes. Pasta should be firm but cooked through. If not, add remaining 1 cup broth.1/2 cup at a time, and continue to cook, checking frequently, until pasta is cooked through.  Increase heat to high and cook pasta, without moving it, until underside is deeply browned and crisp and some strands are beginning to char, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, drizzle with remaining 2 T. oil, and serve immediately.

Iced Ginger Tea

Iced Ginger Tea

Iced Ginger Tea


1 small gingerroot, thinly sliced

4 C. water

1 bag green tea

1 lemon


Place sliced ginger and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the tea bag. Allow to steep 5 minutes and then strain out the gingerroot and teabag. Add the juice of 1 lemon. Chill. Serve over ice sweetened as desired with sugar or honey.

Seedy Mustard

Seedy Mustard

Seedy Mustard


1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds

3 T. brown mustard seeds

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup pale ale, Belgian-style beer, or water

2 T. light brown sugar

1 T. honey

Pinch of sea salt

1 T. ground mustard powder


Pour the mustard seeds, vinegar, and beer into a bowl. Whisk together and allow to soak 8 hours or overnight. Stir in the sugar, honey, salt, and mustard powder. Place about ⅔ of the mixture in a food processor and grind until it becomes a paste, then pour back into the bowl with the unprocessed amount and mix well. Pack the mustard into a pint-sized mason jar and allow to rest for a day in the fridge before using. Keep refrigerated.

Peach Melba Popsicles

Peach Melba Popsicles

Peach Melba Popsicles


1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup whole raspberries

2 C. peeled chopped peaches in small/medium chunks

1/8 tsp. almond extract (optional)

1 1/2 C. vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt or non-dairy vanilla ice cream of your choice, slightly softened (think: soft-serve consistency)


Combine sugar and water in a small-medium saucepan (intentionally larger than it requires) and bring to a simmer; stir until sugar dissolves. Pour 1/4 cup syrup (just eyeball it — it’s 1/3 of mixture) over raspberries in a bowl. Add peach chunks to remaining syrup in saucepan and bring back to a simmer, cook for 1 to 2 minute, until they soften. Let both raspberries and peaches cool in syrup. The raspberries will quickly but you can hasten the peaches along by setting them in a larger bowl of ice water for 10 to 15 minutes. In a blender or food processor, puree peaches and their syrup first, then scrape into a measuring cup with a spout and stir in almond extract, if using, then puree raspberries and place in a smaller spouted cup. (The raspberry color would muddle the peach puree much more than vice-versa, hence blending peaches first.)  Pour a tiny splash of raspberry (you’ll only want to use half of your total sauce) in the bottom of each popsicle mold or small glass that you’re using as a mold (I like champagne flutes, for this and really everything), following by a larger splash of peaches (again, using about half the puree) and dolloping in a little softened ice cream. Repeat with remaining raspberry, peaches and ice cream. Use a skewer to lightly marble the mixtures together — I get the best swirls by swiping the skewer right along the inside of each mold. Freeze popsicles according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Fried Green Plantains with Avocado Black Bean Salsa

Fried Green Plantains with Avocado Black Bean Salsa

Fried Green Plantains with Avocado Black Bean Salsa


Juice of 1 lime or 1/2 lemon

1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil

1 T. chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large avocado, diced

1 cup (about 175 grams) diced papaya, mango, or pineapple

1 cup (250 grams) cooked black beans, drained and rinsed


3 firm green plantains

Vegetable oil, for frying



Whisk the lime juice, garlic, olive oil, cilantro, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Put the avocado, papaya, and black beans in a larger bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss with half of the dressing. Taste for seasoning and set aside. Cut off the ends of each plantain so that a small amount of the inner vegetable is exposed. From here, there are many ways to remove the skin. You might be able to peel it with your fingertips, first making a slit from top to the bottom and opening the plantain from the side. You might find it easier to remove the skin in neat sections if you make a few slits down the side. Or, if you have a tough one, you might just use a sharp knife to pare the peel away. If any green skin remains, scrape it off with your knife. Cut each plantain into six to eight 1-inch pieces. Heat 1 inch of oil in a medium-sized heavy skillet over medium-high heat to 325 degrees. If you don’t have the right kind of thermometer, I find plantains forgiving of inexact frying temperatures. As long as they’re not taking more than 5 minutes in the first frying, or not blackening before 2 minutes, you’re probably in a good-enough range.  Add about one plantain’s worth of pieces to the oil, and cook, turning as needed, until they are just a little bit darker in color and hollow sounding when lifted from the oil and tapped, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain them on a large paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining plantains in two batches. Using a heavy skillet or the underside of a can, press down on the still-hot fried plantain chunks until they make 2-to-3-inch flattish discs. Return these to the frying pan a handful at a time, and fry until lightly bronzed, about 1 minute more per side. Drain again, and immediately season with salt. Serve the warm plantains with the salad, with the extra dressing on the side to drizzle over the plantains.

Halloumi Sheet Pan Dinner (for 2)

Halloumi Sheet Pan Dinner (for 2)

Halloumi Sheet Pan Dinner


14 ounces butternut squash, cut into 3/4-inch slices

8 ounces halloumi cheese, sliced into 6 slices

1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch rounds

6 large radishes, halved

1 medium red onion, cut into wedges and layers separated

14 large black olives

1 serrano chile pepper

2 tsp. za’atar

1 tsp. ground turmeric

½ tsp. dried mint

3 T. extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Combine butternut squash, halloumi, bell pepper, radish halves, red onion, black olives, and serrano in a large bowl. Sprinkle za’atar, turmeric, and dried mint over the vegetables; mix to coat. Drizzle oil over everything and toss to combine. Spread out vegetables in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven until the halloumi is brown and bubbly and the vegetables have softened and browned, about 18 minutes.

Polenta-Baked Eggs with Corn, Tomato and Fontina

Polenta-Baked Eggs with Corn, Tomato and Fontina

Polenta-Baked Eggs with Corn, Tomato and Fontina


2 C. (475 ml) water

1/2 cup (70 grams) fine polenta or yellow cornmeal

1/2 cup (60 grams) fresh corn kernels, from 1 small cob (or use frozen, defrosted)

1/2 cup (55 grams) coarsely grated fontina, plus 3 T. for sprinkling

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 T. (30 grams) sour cream or creme fraiche

1/4 cup (60 grams) prepared tomato sauce or tomato puree

4 large eggs

Fresh flat-leaf parsley or chives, for garnish


Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring the water to a simmer in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in the polenta, trying to avoid lumps then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer the mixture, stirring almost constantly, for 15 minutes. Stir in the corn kernels, and cook for 5 minutes more, continuing to stir regularly. Add Vi cup cheese and stir until melted; then season well with salt and pepper. Add the sour cream and stir until partially combined. (I like to leave a few creamy bits throughout.) Coat a 1-quart baking dish or an 8-to-8‘/2-inch oven-safe skillet with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the polenta to the dish, then dollop with spoonfuls of tomato; swirl them unevenly into the polenta, so that there are pockets of tomato throughout. Smooth the top of the polenta and use a spoon to make four deep wells and crack an egg into each hole. Sprinkle the whole dish with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with the 3 T. cheese. Bake in the heated oven until the whites are firm and the yolks are runny; you can check progress by inserting a toothpick into the whites to see if they’ve firmed up. If you plan to serve this dish more than a few minutes after taking it out of the oven, remove the eggs from the polenta before they are done, because otherwise they will continue to cook in the hot polenta. If you’d like it to be a little brown on top, run the pan under your broiler when the eggs are only halfway as cooked as you like. Sprinkle with parsley or chives and serve with a spoon.

Shell Bean & Microgreens Crostini

Shell Bean & Microgreens Crostini

Shell Bean & Microgreens Crostini


1 cup cooked shell beans

½ cup extra virgin olive oil (divided)

¼ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

1½–2 cups microgreens (broccoli, sunflower, or arugula)

1 baguette

1 garlic clove, halved crosswise


Add beans to a food processor and pulse until very coarsely chopped. Transfer half of the mixture to a bowl. Add ¼ cup olive oil, cheese, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper to the beans and purée until smooth. Empty the mixture into a bowl and gently fold in half the microgreens. Cut baguette into ¼-inch slices and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush both sides of the slices using ¼ cup olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in 350° oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. When the slices are cool enough to handle, rub with cut side of garlic. Cool. Spoon bean mixture onto baguette toasts and top with microgreens.

Three Stone Fruit Honey Butter

Three Stone Fruit Honey Butter

Three Stone Fruit Honey Butter


2 1/2 pounds mixed stone fruit, preferably three different kinds, such as peaches, plums, and apricots, from your favorite local farms

2–3 sticks pastured, organic butter

1/2 – 3/4 cup raw local honey

Lemon juice to taste

Pinch of sea salt


Pit and slice the fruit and place in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-low heat, cooking until it becomes a concentrated paste. (Add splashes of water as you go if the fruit isn’t super-juicy.) Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender. Add the butter and stir until melted and incorporated into the fruit. Then transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow to cool to body temperature (about 100ºF). Stir in the honey until fully incorporated. Adjust the sweet and sour flavors with lemon juice or honey. Salt will balance and bring out the sweetness. Pack the butter into small Mason jars and refrigerate. This is a lovely treat to share with friends. If you want to keep it for a long time, it is best to freeze it.

Budín de Zanahoria (Mexican Carrot Custard)

Budín de Zanahoria (Mexican Carrot Custard)

Budín de Zanahoria (Mexican Carrot Custard)

With its sweet, savory, and tangy flavors plus a wonderfully creamy texture that kids love, it’s a great comfort food for any season. The concept works with many different vegetables, so you might want to make budín de camote (sweet potato), budín de maíz (fresh corn), or budín de calabaza (squash or pumpkin), depending on what you have handy.

2 pounds fresh carrots

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup finely chopped piloncillo (This is a Mexican raw sugar, but you can substitute brown sugar, Sucanat, rapadura, granulated palm sugar, or maple syrup)

3 eggs

1/2 cup sour cream (plus extra for garnish)

3/4 cup rice flour (can substitute white flour)

1 teaspoon fine salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated

1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg


Preheat oven to 375ºF. Cut carrots into big chunks and steam until completely tender, almost falling apart. Transfer into another pot or bowl and mash with a potato masher, fork, or whisk. Combine melted butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until sugar is dissolved or incorporated (I recommend using an electric hand mixer if you have one. You could also use a food processor or a whisk). Add the eggs and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Mix in the sour cream. Add in the steamed mashed carrots and beat until completely incorporated. Mix or sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder, then add to the carrot mixture. Beat for another minute or two until everything is completely incorporated. Stir in the cheese and the nutmeg. Pour custard into a buttered baking dish, then bake until set, about 45 minutes. Serve hot with sour cream on the side.

Apricot Breakfast Crisp

Apricot Breakfast Crisp

Apricot Breakfast Crisp


1 pound apricots

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon flour

Grated fresh nutmeg, a pinch


1/2 stick butter, melted

6 tablespoons turbinado or regular sugar

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons sliced almonds


Prepare fruit: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pull apart apricots at their seam, remove pits, and tear them one more time into quarters, placing them in a small baking dish (one that holds two to three cups is ideal). Stir in sugar, flour and pinch of nutmeg. Make topping: Melt butter and stir in sugar, then oats, then flour, salt and almonds until large clumps form. Sprinkle mixture over the fruit. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes and serve warm. Although you could dust this with powdered sugar and serve it warm with vanilla ice cream for dessert, as I noted, it is on the tart side for an after-dinner treat. Truly, this excels cooled in the fridge overnight, and mixed with a scoop of plain yogurt for a weekday breakfast that will cure you of all weekday breakfast doldrums. It sure did for me.

Tomato Scallion Shortcakes with Whipped Goat Cheese

Tomato Scallion Shortcakes with Whipped Goat Cheese

Tomato Scallion Shortcakes with Whipped Goat Cheese


2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 tablespoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ¼-inch pieces

1 green onion, thinly sliced

1 cup whole milk

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1 tablespoon olive oil

1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar

⅛ teaspoon salt

Pinch of sugar

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

½ pound (about 1½ cups) cherry or grape tomatoes


3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

4 ounces goat cheese, softened

Greens from 2 green onions, thinly sliced


Heat oven to 425º. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick baking mat and set aside. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Using your fingertips or a pastry blender, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the scallions and milk until evenly moistened.  Pat the dough into a ¾ to 1-inch thick circle and use a 3-inch cutter to cut rounds, reforming the scraps as needed. Arrange the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown, rotating halfway through baking.  While the biscuits are baking, prepare the tomatoes. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper in a medium bowl. Quarter the tomatoes lengthwise, place into the bowl and toss gently to coat. In another bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the goat cheese and continue beating until the topping is light and fluffy.  To serve the shortcakes, split each biscuit in half and top with a generous amount of the tomato salad. Add a dollop of the whipped goat cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Serve immediately.

Mango Turmeric Morning  Crush

Mango Turmeric Morning  Crush

Mango Turmeric Morning  Crush


1/2 frozen banana

1 cup (165 g) fresh or frozen mango chunks

1 cup (240 ml) coconut milk (from the can) or kefir

One 1/2-inch (12-mm) piece fresh ginger, peeled

1 tsp ground turmeric

Pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)

1 tsp honey or maple syrup (or to taste)

Pork Chops with Cider, Horseradish & Dill

Pork Chops with Cider, Horseradish & Dill

Pork Chops with Cider, Horseradish & Dill


½ cup (120 ml) cider vinegar

½ cup (120 ml) hard or pressed apple cider

2 tablespoons (30 grams) freshly grated or prepared horseradish

½ teaspoon table salt

Pinch of cayenne pepper


4 bone-in loin pork chops, ½ inch thick (1½ pounds/680 grams total), preferably at room temperature

Table salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill


Cooked together, these flavors are my happy place: tangy, sweet, and salty with a mellow, clearing bite.

Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small dish and set aside. Trim any excess fat around chops until it is but a thin ribbon, no more than ⅛ inch thick. Pat the chops dry with a paper towel, and generously season them with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the oil starts to smoke. Add the pork chops to the skillet, and cook them until they are well browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the chops and cook 1 minute longer; then transfer chops to a plate and pour off any fat in skillet. Pour glaze mixture into the emptied skillet. Bring it to a simmer and cook until mixture thickens enough so your spatula leaves a trail when scraped across the pan, about 2 to 4 minutes. Return the chops and any accumulated juices from their plate to skillet; turn to coat both sides with glaze. Cook them over medium heat in the glaze until the center of the chops registers 140 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Transfer the chops to a serving platter and pour the glaze from the pan over them. Sprinkle with dill and eat immediately

Danish Rice Pudding with Cherry Black Pepper Sauce

Danish Rice Pudding with Cherry Black Pepper Sauce

Danish Rice Pudding with Cherry Black Pepper Sauce


1 cup (185 grams) short-grain white rice, such as Arborio

3 cups (710 ml) water

1 1//2 cups (355 ml) milk

1 vanilla bean, split

A pinch of salt

1 cup (140 grams) chopped almonds, toasted (well chopped but not powdery)

1 whole skinned almond


24 ounces sour cherries (about 5 cups or 680 grams), pitted (frozen are fine)

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (125 grams total) granulated sugar

2 tablespoons (15 grams) cornstarch

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (150 ml total) water

A few grinds of black pepper


2 cups (475 ml) heavy cream

2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar


Bring the rice, water, milk, and vanilla bean to a simmer, then cook at a low simmer, stirring frequently, until the rice is very tender, and the mixture is thick but loose, like a risotto, another 20 to 25 minutes. A spoon dragged across the bottom will clear a brief path in the rice. Remove the vanilla-bean pod and save it for another use, such as infusing vanilla sugar. Cool the mixture completely and press a piece of plastic film against the surface so no skin is formed. Chill it in the fridge for several hours—ideally, overnight. make the cherry sauce Place the cherries and sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of the water together until smooth, then pour this into the pan, along with the remaining V2 cup water and a few grinds of black pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and, stirring frequently, cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes (the sauce should be served hot). finish and serve Shortly before serving the pudding, whip the cream with the sugar to soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream, along with the chopped almonds and one whole almond, into the cold rice. It will be stiff at first but will eventually lighten and become fluffy. Serve in big scoops, and ladle with warmed cherry sauce.

Sweet Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Lemon Vinaigrette


2 medium cloves Garlic, peeled and crushed

Juice from 1 Meyer Lemon, about ½ cup

1 tablespoon grainy Dijon Mustard

1 tablespoons fruity Olive Oil

1 tablespoon dried Oregano


In a large bowl, whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients, set aside.

Cacio e Pepe Potatoes Anna

Cacio e Pepe Potatoes Anna

Cacio e Pepe Potatoes Anna


1/2 cup (65 grams) finely grated aged Pecorino Romano

1 tablespoon (10 grams) potato starch or cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon fine sea or table salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper, or a larger amount coarsely ground

3 tablespoons (45 grams) unsalted butter, melted, or olive oil

2 pounds (roughly 1 kg) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/8-inch-thick, ideally on a mandolin


8 cups (5 2/3 ounces or 160 grams) loosely packed arugula

1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil

2 teaspoons (10 ml) white wine vinegar


Assemble the potatoes: Heat your oven to 375°F. Combine the cheese, potato starch or cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a small dish. Taste a pinch; you want it to have a strong salty-peppery kick, because it’s going to be distributed all over the galette.  Pour 1 tablespoon butter or oil into the bottom of a 9-inch-diameter cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, and swirl it up the sides. Arrange the potatoes in overlapping concentric circles in a single layer at the bottom of the pan. (This will use approximately a quarter of your sliced potatoes.) Drizzle with 1 teaspoon butter or oil, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the cheese-pepper mixture. You’ll need to repeat this three or four times to use up your potatoes (depending on their size). At the end, you should have about 1 tablespoon cheese-pepper mixture left over; reserve this. Drizzle any remaining melted butter over the top. To bake: Lightly coat a piece of foil with nonstick spray and cover the skillet tightly with it. Put in heated oven for 35 minutes, at which point the potatoes will be almost tender. Use pot holdered hands to press firmly on the foil to compact the potatoes a bit. Remove and reserve the foil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes more, until lightly brown all over. Press again with the foil, remove, then briefly run under the broiler for an even golden-brown finish. To finish and serve: While the galette bakes, toss the arugula with the olive oil and vinegar, keeping the dressing very light. Once the galette is out of the oven, let it rest in the skillet for a few minutes before running a knife around to ensure that it is loose. Gently tip the skillet over your sink to drain any excess butter or oil. Invert it onto a plate or cutting board, then flip right side up. Cut the galette into wedges, then top with the dressed greens, and sprinkle with the reserved cheese-pepper mixture. Do ahead: This galette can be made up to 3 days in advance. Rewarm at 350 degrees for 15 minutes with foil on top.