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Le Grand Aioli

For those interactive group-gathering festive meals that first come to mind — fondue, say, or raclette — you either have to maintain a giant heated stone by an even larger roaring fire or a balance a pot of boiling oil, molten cheese or finicky chocolate over a live flame. Le grand aioli, by contrast, is…

Couscous Tabbouleh

Couscous tabbouleh is popular throughout France. In summer, add a pound of finely chopped tomatoes to the mix. Ingredients 1 cup couscous Salt to taste ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup warm water ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley ¼ cup finely chopped…

Pacific Cod Ceviche

I often use cod for ceviche, one of my favorite ways to enjoy seafood. The cod that gets the Environmental Defense Fund’s highest rating is Pacific cod. Ingredients 1 ½ pounds very fresh Pacific cod 1 ½ to 2 cups fresh lime juice 1 red or white onion, sliced, soaked for 5 minutes in cold…

Super Tomato Sandwiches

I never could resist a tomato sandwich. It is the combination of mayonnaise, tomatoes and bread that is so compelling. I call these MLTs: mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes. I make a spicy mayo with chipotle adobo (my son’s favorite), and an herbal mayo with tarragon (my favorite). Play around with aioli and other flavored mayonnaises….

Grilled Romaine

Lettuces do nicely on the grill, softening slightly at their centers and charring beautifully at their tips. Their bitterness is a fine counterpart to the sweet spiciness of a lot of grilled foods. In this recipe, the dressing is Caesar-like. Mustard and mayonnaise serve as emulsifiers, while anchovies, garlic and vinegar provide a welcome kick….

Warm Deconstructed Caesar Salad

Ingredients 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar 4 large eggs 1 head romaine lettuce, cored, rinsed, dried ¼ cup pine nuts 6 tablespoons Tuscan extra virgin olive oil 8 anchovies in oil, drained and chopped 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard Freshly ground black pepper 2 ounces Italian Parmesan, shaved with a vegetable peeler Nutritional Information Nutritional…