Crushed Roasted Potatoes With Pistachios

Using a fork to gently crush crispy-tender potatoes creates cracks, so lemon juice and the  spice-infused oil from the pan can seep into the fluffy...

Jollof Rice and Eggplant

Jollof rice is such a delicious and flavorful dish, the times I’ve had it, it was the best thing on the plate.  Adding meaty vegetables like eggpla...

Carbonnade and Pommes Frites

Carbonnade is a comforting beef stew reinforced with full bodied Belgian beer.  Take your pick of side dishes from mashed potatoes, buttered noodle...

Caramelized Cabbage and Lentils

Sometimes you just want a warm bowl of something from an easy one pot of cooking.  The caramelized cabbage and lentils are perfumed with lavender, ...

Duck Fat Potatoes

Duck fat makes potatoes taste better—period.  It gives them a deep, meaty savoriness.  Many markets sell rendered duck fat in the meat section.

Birria: Tacos and Soup

Birria is a delicious stew of simple meat and complex flavor that makes you wonder how you lived without it.  The tacos then take the stew to anoth...

Za’atar Roasted Chicken With Lemons & Olives

Za’atar refers to both the dried leaves of the za’atar plant as well as a blend made with those leaves, sumac, and sesame seeds. Here I start with ...

Thyme-Seared Scallops

Searing seafood in a hot pan and then basting it with hot olive oil or buttermay be the fastest way to a restaurant-worthy meal. The technique is a...

Seared Swordfish with Orange-Soy Glaze

Chunks of fatty swordfish become silky and meaty when cooked with the basting technique. You only need to sear two opposite sides of each cube; the...

Creamy Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Classic French potato puree (aka American mashed potatoes), creamy with milk and butter, tastes so much richer and more complex with potatoes that ...

La Boîte Fried Chicken

The signature LBFC has arrived, and you can make it a meal by adding Bernise Potatoes, Bread and Butter Pickles, and a jar of Harissa Honey on the ...

Tomato-Glazed Rack of Lamb

Eggplant goes tender in the oven and soaks up rich, meaty juices when roasted under a rack of lamb. This is an ideal centerpiece for any Italian- i...