Tri-Color Penne with Creamy Ricotta (and a Poached Egg)

Pasta with Poached Eggs

Malcolm and I moved in together for the first time in the summer of 2000. We sublet a one bedroom apartment from a graduate student that was convenient to my job at the head shop and Rudy’s, our favorite neighborhood dive bar. There was a crappy pizza joint up the street, where we went every… 

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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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Seared Halloumi and Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Grilled Halloumi Sandwich

After college, when Malcolm moved into his own, one-bedroom apartment in Astoria Queens, I rode the train to New York a lot. I had an outfit that consisted of burgundy ankle boots, nude fishnet stockings, a wool pencil skirt, tank top, hooded sweat shirt, and reddish leather jacket that cinched at the waist in which I… 

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Chicken Tikka Tacos

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This dinner is easy, and will make you seem like a hero to your family. Theseus, who fought the awful Minotaur in a labyrinth, did not receive as many props as you will for this throw-together meal. There are three components, all of which can be made ahead, basically. Start the chicken marinating in the… 

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Roasted Garlic Macaroni and Cheese

Roasted Garlic Mac & Cheese

My favorite thing about being back in the “real world” of working 9-5 (aside from the steady paycheck, the validation and collaboration with peers I respect on projects of a larger scope than I could ever handle myself, and the general sense that I am a contributing member of the community I live in) has… 

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White Pizza Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

White Pizza Grilled Cheese

Today’s sandwich is the “White Pizza Grilled Cheese.” It combines ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, red pepper flakes, and fresh basil on toasted bread. Notes: We went on a little excursion to New York last week. You may have heard about it. And it was great. Really, really great. We didn’t do much of anything at all,… 

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Clams Casino

Clams Casino

Growing up in Maine, I was used to pretty simple seafood preparations. In Maine (and particularly in the 1980s), most of the clams, mussels, and shrimp my family cooked at home was of the “steamed” or “fried” variety. I grew to think of most shellfish not as an ingredient to be combined with other things… 

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