Fried Mahi-Mahi Fish Sandwiches Topped with Cheesy Curly Fries (Or: The Ultimate Filet-O-Fish)

Fried Mahi-Mahi Fish Sandwiches Topped with Cheesy Curly Fries

It’s no secret to long-time readers of this website that I have a deep-seated, lifelong obsession with the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish. I understand the consequences of voicing this passion publicly, understand that every time I mention the sandwich, another self-appointed “foodie” rolls his eyes in disgust, and goes back to the dictionary to find a new… 

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Lamb Keftedes

Lamb Keftedes

We’ve gone pita crazy! Seriously, ever since we unlocked the secret to Zankou Chicken’s garlic sauce (what the more Lebanese among us call “toum,”) we’ve been desperate to find new things to stuff into pita pockets to spread with the stuff. Today’s recipe for lamb keftedes takes us all the way back to ancient Greece,… 

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Poached Peaches with Whipped Cream

Poached Peaches

Many years ago I worked as an assistant at a small, progressive graduate school in Milford, Connecticut. Our offices were in the upstairs of the chancellor’s house, overlooking his peach orchard. From my desk I had a clear view of the rows of trees and a great stone monolith before them. On some summer afternoons I would walk through the… 

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“Steakhouse Classics” Sandwich with Creamed Spinach, Sliced Filet Mignon, and Mixed Mushrooms

Steakhouse Sandwich

One of the things that’s unexpectedly happened to Jillian and I, over the last few years, is that we’ve turned into steakhouse people. Dyed-in-the-wool, pitcher of martinis, truffled creamed spinach, red leather booth, yes-please-ask-the-kitchen-to-start-on-the-chocolate-soufflé, steakhouse people. We’re not sure how it happened; it may be no more than a matter of scarcity, since neither Mexico… 

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Beef Wellington Burgers

Beef Wellington Burgers

Is there a meal more representative of old-school comfort and decadence than Beef Wellington? The dish’s history is murky; while many assume it pays tribute to the Duke of Wellington, following Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815, the claims that the Duke was particularly fond of combinations of “truffles, pate, beef, and wine” seem like a… 

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Triple Berry Summer Sangria

Triple Berry Summer Sangria

Growing up, we didn’t have a garden. We tried once when I was about nine or ten, but it was a sad attempt. If I remember correctly, we got one anorexic watermelon and three or four wrinkly cucumbers out of the whole deal. We didn’t water it. We didn’t weed it. Until I met Josh,… 

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Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken Wings with Raspberry Habanero Sauce (PB&J Wings)

Thai Peanut Wings with Raspberry Habanero Sauce (PB&J Wings)

Do you ever find yourself with a potential cooking project nagging at the back of your mind? A phrase, maybe, or a half-formed idea that is missing some crucial details? You may not even actively be working on it; sometimes, it’s just a few words rattling around in the back of your mind as you… 

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Spicy Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Pita Sandwiches with Copycat Zankou Chicken Garlic Sauce

Spicy Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Pita Sandwiches with Copycat Zankou Chicken Garlic Sauce

It didn’t take long for Patrick, the grey beponytailed owner of Rockland’s long-shuttered “Second Read Books & Coffee,” to notice that I didn’t seem to be quite as stoned as my 16-year-old contemporaries. And for a kid my age, that seemed to be the major qualifier needed to graduate from “Dishwasher” to “Prep Cook” in… 

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