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Leone Lakhani

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Red Wine Vinegar Bol

February 27, 2018
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I AM ALWAYS EXPERIMENTING WITH BOLOGNESE. I MAKE IT WITH WHATEVER INGREDIENTS I HAVE AT HOME. BUT AT LONG LAST, I …

I HAD NEVER MADE A WHOLE FISH BEFORE I WAS LURED BY THE FLAVORS IN THIS DISH. IT’S INCREDIBLY FESTIVE AND VISUALLY …

I OVERDOSED ON THE HOLIDAY FOOD AND DRINK, SO I’M DETOXING WITH VEGGIE SOUPS FOR A FEW DAYS, TO RESET MYSELF. Here’s …

THIS MIGHT SOUND SACRILEGIOUS, BUT I’M NOT A HUGE FAN OF SALMON. I DON’T MIND HAVING A CRISPY, PAN-FRIED SALMON ONCE IN …

THIS IS KIND OF AN EMERGENCY SPECIAL OCCASION DISH. IT LOOKS FESTIVE, AND BECAUSE IT’S A ONE-POT RECIPE, IT’S SUPER EASY. It …

I SEEM TO MAKE A DIFFERENT VERSION OF A BOLOGNESE EVERY TIME I MAKE ONE, DEPENDING ON WHICH INGREDIENTS I HAVE AT …

I LOVE SOUPS. NOT NECESSARILY COLD SOUPS. BUT THERE’S SOMETHING REALLY REFRESHING ABOUT A GAZPACHO. It’s a great appetizer to cleanse and …

THIS IS MY DAD’S COMFORT FOOD, A DISH CREATED IN HIS HOME WHEN HE WAS A CHILD. IT’S BEEN PASSED ONTO MY …

My Italian Wedding Soup

November 15, 2016
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TO BE HONEST, I HAD NEVER HEARD OF ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP UNTIL ONE OF MY FRIENDS TOLD ME SHE WAS MAKING ONE. …

THIS IS MY COMFORT FOOD. I’VE HAD IT SINCE I WAS A CHILD. IT’S A MOGHUL DISH THAT ORIGINATED IN BENGAL. EVERY …

I EAT TOO MUCH MEAT. I COULD HAVE MEAT FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. I KNOW THAT’S NOT GOOD FOR ME. SO …

TO DRY RUB OR MARINATE. THAT IS THE ETERNAL STEAK QUESTION. IF YOU HAVE GOOD QUALITY MEAT, PROBABLY THE BEST WAY TO …

THIS DINNER TICKS ALL THE BOXES. IT’S SIMPLE, DELICIOUS AND SUPER QUICK. It’s my friend Katie Gage’s signature dish. (Needless to say, …

I DON’T DO DESSERTS OFTEN (MAKE THEM OR EAT THEM). I COULD, HOWEVER, EAT FRENCH FRIES IN MY SLEEP. YES, I’M …

TWO INGREDIENTS I WOULDN’T TOUCH WITH A TEN FOOT POLE ARE KALE AND QUINOA. THEY’VE NEVER BEEN MY CUP OF TEA. THEY …

MY BROTHER JUST WENT VEGAN. FOR A FAMILY OF CARNIVORES, THAT WAS A SHOCKER. NO EGGS. NO MEAT. WHAT WOULD I COOK …

I USED TO HAVE A MENTAL BLOCK ABOUT RISOTTO. I’D HEARD OF SO MANY VERSIONS AND SO MANY METHODS. THEY ALL …

I COULDN’T LEAVE HOME LAST WEEKEND, PARALYZED BY MORE THAN 20 INCHES OF SNOW AND GALE-FORCE WINDS IN AN EXTRAORDINARY BLIZZARD. …

LAST YEAR I STARTED A NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION IN OUR HOUSE: MAKING FISH AS THE SHOW-STOPPING CHRISTMAS MEAL. It’s not unusual to …

I SAW THIS RECIPE ON TELE ONE DAY AND MY MOUTH WATERED FOR THE NEXT HOUR. I HAD TO MAKE IT. BY …

Dan Dan Noodles

December 1, 2015
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THERE ARE SO MANY VARIATIONS OF THIS CHINESE STAPLE. THIS IS MY FAVORITE. IT’S SO DELICIOUS, IT WILL SOON BECOME A STAPLE …

IT’S HOLIDAY SEASON AND TIME FOR FESTIVE FEASTS. SO HERE ARE A COUPLE OF SIDES THAT CAN ACCOMPANY ANY HOLIDAY MEAL. They …

THIS IS A VERY UN-FRENCH FRENCH TOAST. IT’S A SAVORY VERSION OF THE CLASSIC. MY MOTHER GREW UP EATING THIS, AND IT’S …

I HAVE TO ADMIT. THE THOUGHT OF A VEGGIE BURGER NEVER APPEALED TO ME. UNTIL I TRIED THESE. Portobello mushrooms are so …

Lamb Chops: Two Ways

October 27, 2015
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LAMB CHOPS ARE SO EASY TO MAKE. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MARINADE AND COOK. SO HERE ARE TWO MARINADE OPTIONS …

THERE’S NOTHING MORE COMFORTING THAN A WARM CHICKEN STEW ON A CHILLY AUTUMN EVENING. And this one definitely hits the spot. It’s …

ANYTHING THAT SAYS “3-INGREDIENT” SPARKS MY INTEREST. THE INTERNET IS FLOODED WITH JAPANESE CHEESECAKES MADE WITH THREE INGREDIENTS. This one is a …

THE FLAVORS AND COLORS OF THIS DISH ARE SO RICH AND VIBRANT, IT’S LIKE A CULINARY PAINTING. IF YOU’RE ENTERTAINING, IT LOOKS …

GRANTED SOME OF THE DISHES I COOK CAN BE A BIT COMPLICATED, SO I’M CONSTANTLY ASKED FOR SIMPLER RECIPES. I’M ALSO OFTEN …

THE SCENTS AND FLAVORS OF CERTAIN FOODS CAN TAKE YOU BACK TO A TIME… YOUR CHILDHOOD, YOUR ADOLESCENCE… FAMILY HOLIDAYS. When I …

Harissa Rose Fish

September 3, 2015
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FOR ME, THE AROMA OF ROSE PETALS WAFTING THROUGH THE AIR IS REMINISCENT OF MY  GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE. There was seldom a special …

Coffee Steak

August 20, 2015
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I COULD EAT STEAK STRAIGHT OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING. I LOVE STEAKS THAT MUCH. Generally, I like my steak …

I’VE SUDDENLY TURNED INTO A FISH PERSON. THAT’S A SHOCKER FOR ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME. I’ve always been Leone STEAK Lakhani. …

Roasted Nicoise

August 6, 2015
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A SALAD AS A MEAL SOUNDS DULL, BUT DON’T ROLL YOUR EYES AT THIS ONE. IT’S GENIUS. SERIOUSLY. It also has …

FOR ME SUMMER MEANS SIMPLE, FRESH FLAVORS. When it’s hot, no one wants to be weighed down by stodgy food. This …

DINNER PARTIES REQUIRE A SHOW-STOPPER, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS. It’s a meal-in-one. Protein, rice and veggies in one dish. …

THIS IS SOOO EASY.  IT’S SUPER QUICK, AND IT DOESN’T REQUIRE TOO MANY INGREDIENTS (MUSIC TO MOST EARS). I saw King Gordon …

Menemen

July 2, 2015
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TURKS TAKE THEIR BREAKFAST VERY SERIOUSLY. AND THIS IS THE EGG STAPLE IN ANY TURKISH BREKKIE. I had the privilege of learning …

YOU’VE HEARD ME SAY THIS BEFORE, BUT I’M GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN. During the hot summer months, I prefer lighter …

GORDON RAMSAY IS THE KING of making complicated dishes simply. This is no exception. The Asian flavors here are complex, reminiscent of …

SIDE DISHES ARE SO UNDERRATED. NO MEAL WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THEM. This one is TO DIE-FOR (I know I say that …

I DON’T HAVE A SWEET TOOTH, BUT THERE WAS A TIME I BAKED ALMOST EVERY WEEK. A FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE WAS MY …

THIS IS A SUPER EASY AND SUPER YUMMY DINNER OPTION (that my mother makes often). HERE’S MY TAKE: INGREDIENTS: Serves 2 …

VEGETARIAN DOESN’T MEAN SIMPLE FLAVORS. That’s one thing I’ve learned from the Middle Eastern culinary geniuses at Ottolenghi. This is no exception. …

THIS IS GENIUS AND SOOOO EASY. It’s a Gordon Ramsay. I always thought his recipes would be complicated, but they are generally …

THIS IS MY GO-TO SUMMER SALAD (although I started making it in the spring). This is based on an Ottolenghi recipe. It’s …

I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT COOK WITHOUT MUSIC. The music I choose is the soundtrack to my culinary experience. It shapes how I compose …

THIS RECIPE CALLS FOR 4+ HOURS OF SLOW-COOKING, but if you don’t have that much time, stew it  for however long is …

OKAY I WON’T LIE. This takes a lot of prep time. But it’s pretty straight forward. Keep the music on to keep …

Chicken In Milk

January 19, 2015
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PLEASE try this at home. Roast chicken is one of THE go-to meals in our household. It’s wholesome and healthy, BRILLIANT Jamie …

DON’T LET ALL THE STEPS SCARE YOU. IT’S REALLY NOT HARD. Keep the music pumping to keep you moving! I first made …

ONE RAINY LAZY SUNDAY, MY FAMILY AND I WERE HAVING DIFFICULTY PEELING OURSELVES OFF THE SOFA, when my brother said he was …

SIMPLE AND TASTY WITH LAYERS OF FLAVOR. For Ottolenghi standards this is a really easy recipe. The original one calls for a …

THIS SALAD IS ONE OF MY FAVEEE SIDE DISHES. It’s a classic Ottolenghi salad that pairs nicely with just about everything, especially …

FOR ME A STEAK ALWAYS HITS THE SPOT, and this is an Ottolenghi classic. This dish features my ideal flavors. My mouth …

Shakshuka

October 4, 2014
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WHEN I LIVED IN THE MIDDLE EAST, MY FRIENDS AND I SPENT MANY-A-WEEKEND-BRUNCH CHATTING OVER A SHAKSHUKA. So it’s become one of …

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