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Julio’s Basics: Classic Meat Sauce

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Roasted Leg of Lamb with Pasilla Red Wine Glaze

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Stuffed Lobster

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Steak au Poivre

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There is nothing I’ve cooked from Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook that I didn’t love, but this dish is my clear favorite.

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Grandma’s Cookbooks

My Grandma is in the process of moving into a senior living facility and recently gave me a number of her old cookbooks.  This weekend, I made dinner using a couple of them.  The menu included:

From The Art of Italian Cooking (written by Maria Lo Pinto; published in 1948):

From The Romagnolis’ Table (published in 1975 and based on a PBS cooking show of the same name that ran from 1973 – 1975)

Challaw Kadu (Afghan Pumpkin with Meat and Yogurt Sauces and Rice)

My good friends Tim and Virginia recently took me to dinner at Kabul Afghan Cuisine in San Carlos, CA.  In addition to outstanding lamb, this dish is one of the must-have items on the menu.  In the process of trying to figure out how to make it, I found several websites that describe it as “Americas favorite Afghan dish.”

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Lacquered Chicken with Red Mole

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Grilled Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde

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Halibut with Pan-Cooked Vegetable Hash

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If you have a food processor with a grater attachment, this is an easy weekday dinner.  Peel and quickly process some vegetables, cook them for about 10 minutes, cook some fish, and you’re done.

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Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

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This is a very mild but very tasty dish – great if you’re serving kids or people who aren’t interested in Indian dishes with more spice or heat.  Serve with rice, naan, or both.

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