Watermelon Salad with Whipped Ricotta

Watermelon Salad with Whipped Ricotta
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I feel a little silly dedicating an entire post to this wee Watermelon Salad with Whipped Ricotta. As I said in a recent Instagram post, this is less of a recipe and more of a styling exercise. But this combo tasted so good that it seemed cruel to keep it from you. So here we are with a less-than-five-step recipe that is more of a concept. It’s fair to ask what this historic combo is. You’re looking at a solid disc of juicy watermelon topped with a ribbon of whipped ricotta dotted with bits of olive drizzled with Calabrian chili oil. The salad is finished with a sprinkling of crushed pistachios and bits of wood sorrel. 

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Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes

Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes
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I mentioned last week that my partner and I combine forces to make an at-home steakhouse menu every Valentine’s Day. Welcome to the sides portion of this year’s feast. These Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes are a riff on the classic jacket potato. These jumbo croquettes house a filling of baked potato flesh and a rich mornay sauce packed with cheddar cheese, scallions, garlic, shallots, and sour cream. This is everything you love and expect from a loaded baked potato in a golden, crisp format. 

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Double Gloucester Cauliflower Gratin with Malt Vinegar Shallots

Double Gloucester Cauliflower Gratin with Pretzel Smoked Almond Crumble and Malt Vinegar Shallots
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To call today’s side dish rich would be an understatement. It may look like it won’t feed a ton of people, but trust me, one scoop of this will go a long way. Does that necessarily mean you’ll stop after one sensible serving? Probably not. The holidays have no rules anyway. So what makes this Double Gloucester Cauliflower Gratin so rich? Well, unsurprisingly it’s the sheer amount of cheese, the smoked almond pretzel crumble, and did I mention the cheese? There’s a whole lot to love about this dish, so let’s get started. 

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Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Tonnato Sauce

Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Tonnato Sauce
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The holidays are here and the Internet is a buzz with turkeys, prime ribs, and sides of salmon. Grand large format proteins dressed to the nines and fit for a queen. But while I love a good slice of glistening ham, I am truly here for the sides. I’m the type of person who needs to be talked out of a third helping of potato salad at a summer BBQ, reminded of a turkey leg’s existence at Thanksgiving, and yes, at Christmas I have been known to focus a little too intently on mashed potatoes. So it makes perfect sense that I would kick off my holiday content with a side dish. And what a side dish it is! These Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Tonnato sauce are poised to steal the whole damn show. 

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