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January 5, 1989 | DIANA SHAW, Shaw is a free-lance writer in Los Angeles.
Whether it's profound self-knowledge or just plain cynicism, some attitude has taken hold and stifled my impulse toward New Year's resolutions. I'm going to spare myself a slew of self-recriminations by not promising to keep a clean house, a balanced checkbook and a benign disposition. I'm going to obviate the need to berate myself for impulse buying, procrastinating and smoking on occasion, by not forswearing them to begin with.
Chalupas are a traditional Mexican snack. Normally, they're boat-shaped masa shells stuffed with something savory. Sometimes, though, they're made with regular corn tortillas. The convenience more than makes up for the small sacrifice in authenticity. Combine those tortillas with leftover baked or boiled potatoes and chorizo and you've got a dinner that's filling and fast.
Our family had few traditions, but there was one that held true to the day. Every Friday evening, our family would gather for the traditional Sabbath meal. My oldest brother, who always seemed to be working and on the go, actually came to dinner every week until he married and his wife lit their own Sabbath candles. Mom's menu that night was always the same--and always tasty. Roasted chicken, with potatoes, began cooking hours earlier in the day.
December 9, 2010
  Not Uncle Rocco's tuna Total time: 45 minutes, plus roasting and cooling times for the tomatoes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from Molly O'Neill's "One Big Table," from Cara Mia Constantine. Show us your photos: If you try this recipe, we want photographic evidence: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Roasted tomato sauce 4 tomatoes, cored, halved and seeded 6 garlic cloves, minced, divided 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon sugar Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon 1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees.
July 9, 1987 | DIANA SHAW, Shaw is a free-lance writer in Los Angeles.
There's nothing quite like a cookout to confound my friends. For almost every barbecue invitation that arrives in my mail, I get a last-minute phone call from the host, who, while preparing the hamburgers, frankfurters or chicken, has suddenly remembered how I feel about such things. The point of the call is to ask me if I wouldn't mind: (1) making a meal of potato salad and green beans; (2) bringing my own entree; (3) coming for brunch next week instead.
May 21, 1987 | TONI TIPTON
When the weather gets warmer and ideas for simple but nutritious dinners get scarce, follow the suggestion of one popular food manufacturer: "Do what chefs, cooking contest entrants and other creative cooks do: Pick one of your favorite foods and create a new way to serve it."
October 23, 1986 | BERT GREENE, Greene is a New-York based food writer
As a small child I dreamed of starring in the movies. Somehow I ended up stirring at the stove instead. But I must say that that is without a moment's pang, because cooks always eat well, whereas actors often do not eat at all. The following recipes come from my book "Greene On Greens" and still star at the dinner table naturally. My use of these favored stove-top ingredients is classically simple: It is borrowed from old biblical tales.
April 26, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Chef Emeril Lagasse will bring his passion for seafood to three of his Las Vegas restaurants during a  celebration of soft shell crab May 6-12. Delmonico Steakhouse , Emeril's New Orleans Fish House and Table 10 each will feature three to four soft shell crab dishes, with different offerings for lunch and dinner. Prices will range from $20 to $40. The evening menu at Delmonico Steakhouse, which is inside the Venetian , will feature a crispy soft shell crab Louis salad.
June 24, 2010
  Cucumber granita Total time: 15 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: Makes enough to serve as an accompaniment for 8 to 10 servings of gazpacho Note: Use this cucumber ice as a garnish for tomato gazpacho. 2 cucumbers, each about 11 ounces 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 1 teaspoon salt 3 sprigs mint 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup water 1. Peel the cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
July 23, 2008
Total time: 20 minutes, plus pickling time Servings: Makes about 4 cups Note: Shishito peppers are available at many Asian markets. 3/4 pound shishito peppers 2 1/2 cups rice vinegar 3 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly smashed 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 1 small onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick 2 to 3 whole chiles de arbol or other small dried red chile (optional)
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