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Let’s All Fall for Butternut with Bacon, Tomatillo and Chipotle

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Deep breaths, everyone. It’s probably time to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. What will you bring to the table? Allow me to make a special seasonal suggestion. This tangy, sweet-and-smoky, soul-satisfying butternut braise is remarkably easy to make but special enough for a nice weekend gatherings, and yes, it’s the perfect (if unexpected) Thanksgiving side […]

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Now That’s a Spicy (Chipotle) Meatball


It’s no secret that I love cooking up a big batch of these traditional chipotle meatballs. I mean, I’ve included some version in no less than three of my cookbooks. But I don’t want you to even have to consult a cookbook. I want you to file this one away in the recipes (and proportions) […]

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Tortilla Soup to Soothe Your Soul


Quintessentially Mexican, endlessly comforting. That’s maybe the best way to describe this classic tortilla soup, made with soul-nurturing chicken broth, crispy tortilla strips and toasted pasilla chile.  Adorn it with whatever’s available. Here, I like grated Monterey Jack, diced onion and bits of the toasted chile, but feel free to add thick cream, squash blossoms, chicharrones and […]

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Herby Ricotta-Poblano Tacos are the Perfect Party Food

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If your only experience with ricotta has been smothered inside lasagna or ravioli, you need to try this simple, herby, green-chile studded ricotta taco. Like, today. This is great party food: just put out of bowl of filling, warm tortillas (or crispy tostadas) in a cloth-lined basket, and some salsa, so everyone can assemble their […]

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Roasted Garlic Chicken with Mushrooms, Potatoes and Spinach: A Big Bowl of Slow-Cooked Comfort


Every time I write about slow-cooked dishes, I drift off into reverie thinking about the flavors mingling and deepening at that perfect temperature just below a simmer. And slow-cooked garlic is one of my all-time favorites. Add in some chicken thighs, deliciously textured mushrooms and potatoes, and, well, it’s a satisfying dish that’s made to […]