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Weeknight Dinners

In this soba noodle salad, both the tofu and noodles are dressed with the same ginger and garlic soy-based dressing. It's a great dressing to use with any number of Asian noodles, but it excels in one area in particular: complete tofu domination. //

Soba Salad with Marinated Tofu, Mint & Scallions

Leek & Goat Cheese Omelet

A plate of oven-baked, honey-soy chicken drumsticks.

Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Wings

a skillet of homemade hamburger helper.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Just when you think you have nothing to serve for dinner, toasted breadcrumbs along with a few pantry items — garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and anchovies — come to the rescue, working together to produce an unbelievably tasty dinner. This is pantry cooking at its finest — quick, easy, delicious. //

Pasta with Crispy Bread Crumbs, Anchovies, and Garlic

These honey-baked chicken legs are all about the sauce, a mixture of honey and mustard, curry powder and mango chutney, which thickens and concentrates during the hour or so spent in the oven. It's the kind of thing that is nearly impossible not to pick up off the plate with your hands, gnaw at the bone, lick your fingers when you're finished. //

Simple Honey-Baked Chicken Legs

Pan-fried tofu with nuoc cham on a platter.

Pan-Seared Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Nuoc Cham

A piece of bread topped with baked (shirred) eggs.

Herb and Gruyère-Topped Baked (Shirred) Egg

A bowl of pasta coated in butternut squash sage sauce.

“10-Minute” Butternut Squash Sauce with Pasta (Vegan Option)

In grilled trout, when the skin crisps, and the meat flakes off the tiny delicate skeleton, tasting not a bit dry or fishy just fresh and delicious, never am I happier. This meal has become a recent favorite. Greens beans, needing nothing more than a three-minute steam and a drizzling of olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon, salt and pepper, are so good right now. And this brown butter orzo "risotto," is a long-time favorite.So easy, so delicious. //

Whole Grilled Trout | Steamed Green Beans | Brown Butter Orzo “Risotto”

Grilled Chicken Caesar Kale Salad & Piadines, sort of

The addition of a can of crabmeat to this favorite summer linguine dish not only made it a touch tastier but also a smidgen more complete, especially for those who don't consider a sprinkling of cheese a suitable protein. //

Linguine with Roasted Red Peppers, Crabmeat & Basil

summer squash spaghetti

Summer Squash Spaghetti with Lemon & Herbs

This pesto pasta can be made with anything. All you really need is a bunch of herbs, a handful of nuts and some sort of hard salty cheese. While nothing perhaps marries quite as well as basil, pine nuts and parmesan, variations made with with other cilantro and parsley, walnuts and almonds, and Pecorino and Grana do the job quite nicely. //

Simple, Fresh Homemade Pesto Sauce with Pasta

Flavored with leeks and lemons, this pasta carbonara is especially fresh and light. With bacon and eggs on hand, dinner can be thrown together in a flash. Add asparagus and you have a one-dish dinner on your hands. The sauce tastes incredibly creamy (despite containing no cream at all) and coats the pasta so well, making every bite especially delectable. //

Orecchiette Carbonara with Asparagus — 2nd Easiest Weeknight Dinner

In this tomato sauce, canned tomatoes are brightened by olive oil and sautéed onions, a few cloves of crushed garlic, a little white wine, some chopped fresh parsley, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. After about 20 minutes of simmering, it's done. And it's delicious. //

Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with White Wine & Parsley

A plate of pasta carbonara with leeks and lemon on a plate.

Pasta Carbonara — Easiest Weeknight Dinner

This panini offers a double pairing of sweet and salty — jam and bacon, cheddar and pear — and makes every bite worth savoring. I find the combination irresistible and even served these at a little dinner party. Casual is the new cool, right? It was fun, and at the very least, a lovely way to welcome fall. //

Bacon, Cheddar and Pear Panino

A sauté pan filled with roasted eggplant pasta with caramelized onions and tomatoes.

Caramelized Onion, Tomato, and Eggplant Pasta

A bowl of fresh corn polenta with blistered cherry tomatoes.

Fresh Corn Polenta with Blistered Tomatoes

Broiled tarragon chicken breasts on a board.

Broiled Tarragon Chicken Breasts

Next time you are invited to a potluck picnic, volunteer to make sandwiches. And then make these roasted red pepper and arugula sandwiches on homemade focaccia. You will be loved forever. I promise. //

Homemade Focaccia + Roasted Red Pepper & Arugula Sandwiches

A pan-seared burger with secret sauce, pickled onions, and tomato on homemade brioche.

Cast Iron Skillet Burgers with Roasted Green Peppers

A freshly baked savory galette with corn, tomatoes, and gruyere.

Savory Galette with Tomato, Corn, Caramelized Onions & Gruyère