Granny’s Chocolate Cake

This cake recipe was adapted from the chef Larry Forgione, who served his grandmother’s cake recipe at his restaurant An American Place. The dessert proved so popular that every time he tried to take it off of the menu, he said his customers threatened to riot. It’s a perfect proportion of crumb to buttercream, ideal…

Quinoa Pancakes

The addition of cooked quinoa to my regular buttermilk pancake batter results in a thick, moist pancake that’s hefty but not heavy. Ingredients 1 cup whole-wheat flour ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon sugar ⅛ teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1 ½ cups buttermilk 1 teaspoon…

Beef Toro

Ingredients 1 cup frisée lettuce 1 tablespoon minced chives 1 tablespoon thinly sliced sour pickles (can be any vegetable) 3 scallions, sliced thin on the bias Salt and ground black pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon finely grated daikon (a piece about 2 inches) ¼ teaspoon Korean or other red chile paste 4…

Cucumber Salsa Salad

This salad, which resembles gazpacho, is a lovely, light way to begin a Mexican meal. Serve it atop lettuce leaves as a salad, or serve over rice. Alternately, use it as a sauce with fish, chicken or fajitas. Ingredients 1 long European cucumber, very finely diced Salt to taste 1 small red onion, finely minced…

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