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Sunshine Bread

Roasted sunflower seeds and ground flaxseeds lend crunch and nuttiness to this quick bread. If you have any flaxseed oil on hand, use a combination of 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the batter, instead of all olive oil.

Basil-Garlic Oil

Use this flavorful oil in salads, as a dipping sauce for bread or drizzled over grilled vegetables. Store in the refrigerator.

Cold Curried Mango Soup

A ripe mango should give slightly to the touch and have a splendid, full aroma. In general, mangoes are most affordable, available, and at their peak of flavor during the late summer months--the very best time of all to make this exotic, cooling first-course soup.

Clams in Red Sauce over Couscous

Although clams in red sauce is more commonly served with a strand pasta (like spaghetti), couscous provides a better way to get every drop of the delicious sauce.

Baked Portobellos with Garlic & Basil

The reason for scraping out the gills of the mushrooms is that they turn into a black, slightly gritty liquid when the mushrooms are cooked. It doesn't harm anything to leave them on, but the dish will be nicer if you scrape them out.

Artichoke Hearts & Baby Limas

If you prefer, substitute two 9-ounce packages of frozen artichoke hearts for the fresh artichokes. Skip step 1 and reduce the lemon juice to 1 tablespoon (to be used in step 3). The cooking time should be about the same.

Shiitake-Barley Stew

To get "double-strength" green tea, use TK tea bags and TK boiling water and steep for TK minutes. (check biscotti recipe, I think I have the numbers there). DOES THIS HAVE ENOUGH OF ANYTHING TO MAKE IT A MAIN COURSE?--no

Radiatore Romesco

You will be amazed at how pureeing fresh tomatoes with canned tomato sauce can enliven the overall flavor of a red sauce. Add a touch of fresh or dried chili pepper, some homemade bread crumbs and ground almonds as thickeners, and you’ve made a simple Romesco sauce. Serve this pasta as a main course with steamed artichokes vinaigrette to start and for dessert, present melon balls chilled in port, with a plate of biscotti for dipping into after-dinner espresso.

Pepper Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Arugula

If you love arugula, double the amount called for here. To make only 1 serving: Broil 4 ounces* of flank steak, rubbed with a mixture of 1/8 teaspoon garlic power, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Use one-fourth of the salad and dressing ingredients (use a pinch of salt). *Because flank steak does not come in small sizes, buy a 1-pound steak, cut it into 4 equal portions and freeze 3 of the portions for future use.

Maple-Orange Baked Acorn Squash

Compact and sturdy, acorn squash serves as both food and plate.