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Braised Leeks with Tomato & Coriander

Leeks, the aristocrat of the onion family, have a sweet, mellow onion flavor and when gently cooked, a very tender, delicate texture. Serve these as a side dish, part of a buffet, or as an appetizer.

Chipotle-Garlic Marinade

There are tons of hot sauces on the market, but chipotle hot sauce adds an extra dimension of flavor because it's made with smoked chili peppers. It's the smoky flavor that gives this marinade a particularly interesting flavor.

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.