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Ricotta Pasta with walnuts, garlic, and black pepper

When it comes to weeknight dinners that clock in under half an hour and still manage to taste like something real—a little bit cheffy, even—it’s tough to beat this ricotta pasta. It’s a sort of cousin to cacio e pepe, in that in its soul it is a cheesy, creamy tangle of long noodles flecked …

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Peanut Sauce with Basil and Coconut Milk

This peanut sauce is seriously delicious. It’s easy to fall for such sweet-salty-spicy-creamy goodness whether it’s paired with chicken, noodles or serving as a dipping sauce for egg rolls or satay. I’ve made various versions of peanut sauce for years (for a long time this peanut sauce, with a generous dose of sesame oil and …

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Cucumber Kimchi

Can we talk about fish sauce for a minute? It smells terrible, but it tastes delicious—so salty and funky with all of that wonderful umami flavor. When I was a vegetarian (before I slid into pescatarianism and then back to omnivorism), the only exception I made was for fish sauce. I didn’t eat anything made …

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Vietnamese Flank Steak with Citrus-Mint Cabbage Salad

It is officially spring. But official spring never feels like the spring that exists in my imagination. The mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful spring with green shoots and sun peaking through rain and warm breezes and new beginnings. Official spring in Chicago is something altogether different. It is one day in a series of false starts. It is …

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