Seafood

Kung pao (gong bao) shrimp

1 March 2013
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I love my mom. After a week away from the house, she does not for one second contemplate toast for dinner. She washes rice for the rice cooker, throws some frozen shrimp in a bowl of cold water, scavenges bits of onion, carrot and cabbage from the near-empty refrigerator. After a fragrant stir fry with […]

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Shrimp with tomato, lemon, feta and parsley

2 August 2012
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This gorgeous shrimp dish deserves a standout name – one that conveys its steamy appeal, the freshness of its delectable sauce, its reassuring simplicity in preparation. Sort of a lazy cook’s bouillabaisse, this bright tomato stew offers the sunny Mediterranean flavors of lemon, feta and parsley. It’s as easy to make a half-pound of shrimp […]

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Shrimp tacos with tomato and cilantro

14 June 2011
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For me, buying herbs at the store invariably conflicts with one of two fundamental chinese grandma principles: 1) be frugal or 2) don’t waste. Fresh herbs either come in a preciously tiny package that seems needlessly overpriced or in a huge bunch that never gets used up before it becomes a slimy mess in the […]

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Pasta salad with tuna, celery and olives

18 April 2011
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This fresh, easy pasta salad has been a lunchtime favorite of mine for years. My lifelong friend Edie dropped off an enormous bowl of it after I had a baby, and I enjoyed it for days and immediately set about making more. Combining crisp bits of celery and onion with earthy flakes of tuna and […]

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Simply teriyaki

8 October 2010
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When I cook fish at home, it’s usually this – salmon grilled under the broiler with a generous glaze of this gorgeous and remarkably easy to make teriyaki sauce. This is a bona fide Japanese grandma recipe (from my cousin’s mother-in-law, may she rest in peace), and it’s a favorite in my family. The sauce […]

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