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Chilled Spicy Tomato Soup

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds quartered plum tomatoes (about 15)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 mild to medium crumbled dried chiles (such as New Mexican; earthy.com) or 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon plain yogurt, for garnish
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Bats and Cobwebs

Time:45 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound bow-tie pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, in puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 precooked chicken sausages (about 3 ounces each), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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Tangelo Sorbet

Other Ideas:
Dessert, Sorbet, Tangerines
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Fruits de Mer Platter

Ingredients
  • 1/2 bottle (375 mL) dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt or sea salt
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 live lobsters (each 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 6 king crab legs (1 3/4 pounds total)
  • 2 pounds large shrimp in shells
  • 24 oysters
  • 12 littleneck clams
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 to 4 ounces caviar, such as North American osetra
  • Toast points
  • Classic Cocktail Sauce
  • Saffron Mayonnaise
  • Mignonette Sauce
  • Lemon wedges
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Zucchini Rounds with Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds (2 pints) cherry tomatoes
  • 9 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs marjoram
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Baking soda
  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup Nicoise olives, pitted
  • 1 lemon
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Farro, Herb, and Vegetable Salad

Other Ideas:
Farro, Grain salad, Side dishes
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Pumpkin-Chestnut Soup

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 8 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken or vegetable stock, plus more if needed
  • 4 pounds roasted flesh of dry, starchy pumpkin or squash, such as 'Hubbard' or 'Buttercup,' cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 large waxy potatoes, such as Yukon gold (about 3 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) whole peeled chestnuts
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Up to 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
  • Roasted, dried no-hull seeds from pumpkins such as 'Lady Godiva,' for garnish (optional)
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Cucumber, Cantaloupe, and Squash Salad

Time:25 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 yellow summer squashes (about 1 pound), unpeeled
  • 1 English cucumber (about 10 ounces), unpeeled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unseasoned rice-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 large cantaloupe, rind removed
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Figs and Raspberries With Lavender-Honey Cream

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Olive-Oil Roasted Almonds

Other Ideas:
Almonds, Appetizers
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