Hummus

Makes 1½ cups Ingredients 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed 1 clove garlic 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons tahini 1 teaspoon ground cumin kosher salt ¼ teaspoon paprika Directions In a food processor, puree the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini (if using), cumin, and…

Dia Del Amor

Ingredients 2 parts reposado tequila 1 part St Germain ¾ part freshly squeezed lime juice 2 dashes hot sauce Directions Shake and strain into chili salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. Photo by Seadevi via Flickr used with CC Attribution, Non Commercial, Share Alike license

Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup

Serves  4 Ingredients 4 cucumbers, peeled and seeded 1 small or ½ large clove garlic 1 cup plain (or soy) yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste 4 scallions, white and green parts, cut into 1-inch pieces ¾ cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed ¼ cup water Salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions Cut…

Penne with Swordfish Mint and Pine Nuts

A pasta dish from Sicily that celebrates fresh fish and mint. Serves 4 Ingredients 1 pound swordfish steak, about 1 inch thick ¾ pound penne ½ cup chopped fresh mint ¼ cup plus ½ tablespoon olive oil ¼ cup pine nuts 3 cloves garlic, minced ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper Directions In a small frying pan, toast the pine nuts…

Lemony Chickpea Salad

Ingredients 2 tablespoons pure olive oil 1 yellow onion, quartered 2 carrots, halved 1 celery rib, halved crosswise, plus 4 small celery ribs, finely diced 1 pound dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained 4 rosemary sprigs and 4 thyme sprigs, tied together with string Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 medium red onion, finely…

Fish Stew with Tomato and Parsley

Serves: 6 Ingredients 6 tablespoons olive oil 1½ cup chopped onion 5 large garlic cloves, chopped ⅔ cup chopped fresh parsley 2 cups crushed or diced tomatoes 1⅓ cups cold water 1 cup dry white wine 1¼ pounds mixed fish fillets (such as sea bass, shark, orange roughy, cod and snapper), cut into 2-inch pieces Directions Heat…

Cold Szechuan Sesame Noodles

Ingredients 8 oz udon noodles 2 tbs sesame oil 2½ tbs freshly ground peanut butter 1 tbs sesame seed paste 2 tbs soy sauce 2 tsp rice vinegar 2 tsp hot chili oil 1⅓ cup vegetable stock 2 tbs thinly sliced scallions Chopped drained cucumbers optional Directions Cook noodles al dente (about 5 min), drain…

Skillet Shrimp with Couscous

Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 cup couscous 1½ pounds medium shrimp, shelled and deveined 2 leeks, sliced into ½-inch half-moons 2 carrots, shredded 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon mustard seeds Coarse salt and ground pepper for seasoning Directions In a 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon…