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Philacatessen

A Perfect Filet

On a recent Saturday night, we hosted a special send-off dinner for our daughter, who was heading to a rowing competition in Canada. We knew she would be eating a lot of pasta and pizza...

Gongura: New Discovery

As I continue my love affair with the local farmers market, I’m still making new and exciting discoveries. Last week’s involved a green/herb that was totally new to me: gongura. It is a leafy green...

A Very Tasty Burger

This time of year, grilled burgers are everywhere. Barbecues, picnics, even a quick weeknight dinner are all fair game for burgers to take center stage. Last week, I had a hankering for a burger and...

Arugula Artichoke Salad

I traveled through New England recently and happened upon a delightful little trattoria/pizzeria in Woodstock, Vt., cleverly named “Pi.” The specialty arugula artichoke salad was a corker, and quickly became part of my repertoire. The...

Smoky Quinoa Caprese Salad

This dish was born of a few snafus. My plan was a tabouli-style quinoa salad, so I started by cooking the quinoa early in the day. But I became engrossed in the article I...

S’mores Fondue

Earlier this summer, I spent a week in Vermont with my tween nieces. They taught me a fantastic twist on the campfire classic of s’mores. This version is visually appealing, communal (if desired) and fun...

Corn Has Arrived!

Sweet corn, that eagerly anticipated summer staple, is arriving in local markets. I procured a tasty dozen at a Produce Junction in Margate, N.J., last weekend, and it was quite heavenly. I cooked all 12...

Cherry Compote

Sour cherries are around for about three weeks. Their season is short and they are rather inconvenient to work with, but my-oh-my are they delicious. One of my signature summer desserts is cherry upside...

A Peach of a Salad

Oh, happy day: Peaches have arrived at the local farmers market. Clingstones are the first to harvest; this varietal boasts a sweet, juicy, yellow flesh with increasing swaths of red as you near the pit....

Dinner in Five Minutes

OK, it’s not exactly five minutes: It’s five minutes from the time your water boils. But it’s pretty darn quick for a full-scale delicious meal. And yes, it is yet another wonderful treat from...