Anchovy, Tomato & Hard-Boiled Egg Sandwich on Rye

On those occasions when you’re left to your own devices for dinner, and you don’t particularly want to spend too much time cooking, but you also want a dinner that’s satisfying, this sandwich from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express is just the thing. (It helps if, like me, you’re part otter, and love pungent fish that comes in tins.) Preparation time: The amount of time it takes to boil an egg.

Anchovy & Egg Sandwich on Rye
Anchovy & Egg Sandwich on Rye

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Scallion Potato Pancake in a Skillet

These simple potato-scallion pancakes from Thomas Keller’s ‘ad hoc at home’ cookbook are easy to make and even easier to eat. They make a great side dish for all kinds of meals. We had ours with a maple-orange-dijon glazed chicken, also from Thomas Keller’s book.

Scallion Potato Pancake
Scallion Potato Pancake

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Halibut Salmon Cakes

Good. Gracious. These halibut salmon cakes are off the charts. The richness of the halibut and salmon mixture, the brightness of the red bell pepper, the sweetness from the fried bread crumbs, and the tang of the fresh lemon squeeze… Wow. Love these.

Salmon Halibut Cakes - Amazing
Salmon Halibut Cakes – Amazing

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Goat Cheese & Fig Crostini with Balsamic

A very lovely dinner guest recently came over for a sunny summer evening, and brought with her a bottle of balsamic vinegar that we’ve been using – judiciously applied – ever since. The lush sweetness of the plump figs is set off against the rich chevre and complemented by the tart sweetness of the balsamic.

Goat Cheese & Fig with Balsamic
Goat Cheese & Fig with Balsamic

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Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles

Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles are my favorite kind of pickle. These little beauties are so good that I ate an entire jar shortly after they’d all been processed.

Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles
Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles

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Cantaloupe Gazpacho

We meant to make honeydew gazpacho, but we think this actually may be cantaloupe gazpacho. The exterior of the melon certainly looked distinctly honeydew-like, but the inside looks and tastes like cantaloupe, so we’re just acting like that’s what we meant to make all along. This is great served alongside fish tacos…

Cantaloupe Gapacho
Cantaloupe Gapacho

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Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula

Are beets overrunning your garden? Here’s a beet salad that’s earthy and fresh – the sweetness of the beets plays off the spicy arugula and the rich goat cheese.

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula
Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula

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