NYT Cooking: Green sauce means different things to different cooks, but I like the Iberian interpretation best. It draws its color from parsley and its impact from chilies, scallions, and, mostly, garlic. I find it difficult to use too much garlic here, and have never really reached the outer limit; my recipe calls for six cloves, but twice that amount is not unreasonable. <br/><br/>Sh...
This is essentially a large chickpea pancake from Provence (and neighboring Liguria, where it’s called farinata) It’s traditionally cooked in wood ovens on copper disks, roughly cut and served hot or warm (In the main market in Nice, it’s baked a few hundred yards away and delivered by bicycle, to be wrapped in paper and eaten on the street.) If you have no wood or copper, that’s no problem
NYT Cooking: This recipe came out of a 2005 kitchen <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/13/dining/13bitt.html">cage match</a> between Mark Bittman and the chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, in which Bittman, the home cook, sought to cook Chef Vongerichten's food more simply and perhaps just as deliciously. Judging by the quality of this particular dish, he succeeded.
Like many dishes that rely on combinations of spices, a tagine, which is a slowly braised stew, may look more intimidating to cook than it is Even with shortcuts, the results are exotic in flavor and appearance My version of this tagine may not compare to those that begin with toasting and grinding spices and peeling grapes, but it is easily executed and, I think, divine
NYT Cooking: Simple yet amazing. This healthy soup, a kind of minestrone with farro, is ubiquitous in Lucca, a city in Tuscany. The farro is traditional, but you could use spelt or barley with good results.