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Spiced Preserved Lemons

The Recipe: How to make preserved lemons, a cornerstone ingredient in Moroccan cuisine and an easy way to jazz up everything from salad dressings to stews. The salty-sour essence of preserved lemons, it's truly special. You could call preserved lemons "pickled lemons" because they're preserved in a simple brine of salt and spices. They're so-so simple to make and there's a good chance you already have all the ingredients on hand. My next recipe will show you how to use Spiced Preserved Lemons in a "concept recipe" stew that we've made every couple of weeks since last fall, swapping out different proteins and vegetables. The single constant? Preserved lemons. Here's that recipe, Spiced Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower Tagine but I've also made it with beef and butternut squash . Good cooks keep odds and ends around, more "ingredient" than "dinner" but somehow, once they're around, just convert somethi

Make Tonight a Pancake Night

My favorite night for dinner? Pancake Night! A stack of homemade pancakes is just minutes away, either traditional sweet pancakes with butter and syrup but also, my favorite for dinner, savory pancakes. Here you'll find my collection of pancake recipes, tools and tips. Fresh & Flexible. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.

Raspberry & Red Wine Granita

The Recipe: An icy-cold raspberry slushee for grown-ups. Just three ingredients and because it's a granita, you don't need an ice cream maker, just a freezer and a fork! “What?! You don’t have an ice cream maker?” asked my mom’s friend in surprise more than ten years ago. Phyllis knew I was a foodie, her food sensibility had long inspired me. (Naturally, there’s a story, see Cold & Creamy Cantaloupe Soup .) Trusting her judgment, I set off to find one and the same ice cream maker has been a workhorse ever since. But last summer, the bowl lost its freeze mojo, something I learned, naturally, right in the midst of making what was supposed to be Raspberry & Red Wine Sorbet. So instead, I turned the mixture into a “granita” – that’s an icy form of sorbet from Italy. You don't need an ice cream maker to make granita, just a freezer and a fork! The result was so icy and refreshing, I’ve made it three times and never once pulled out the ice cream maker to