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The Way of the BLT

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A properly put together BLT is the Bruce Lee of sandwiches. It’s lean and light and full of fight.

Tomato Gravy Train

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What better way to say goodbye to summer than with a tomato? The orbs of August haven’t disappeared yet, and until they get bonked by the inevitable frost, they will persist, happily ripening in the crisp air. And I will be clinging to those sweet and savory fruit like summer…

Pasta Clemenza

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Pasta Clemenza made with cannoli-like pasta Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli. — Pete Clemenza In The Godfather, by Mario Puzo, is a scene where Pete Clemenza shows Michael Corleone how to make spaghetti and meatballs. Clememza was the smoothest character in the story, after the Godfather himself, of course,…

Oven Tomato Sauce

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When August hits, I make a point to enjoy summer like it’s going out of season. Some of my favorite ways of doing so involve tomatoes, and I treat it like my job to eat a year’s worth of the ripest, juiciest, most delicious tomatoes I can get my face on.

Easy Caprese

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The brief, glorious moment when tomatoes are everywhere marks the culinary apex of summer. This drawn-out, tomato-ey solstice is especially fleeting for heirloom tomatoes, the high-maintenance wing of the tomato clan. Too watery and delicate to preserve, heirlooms can only be enjoyed raw. Which means they must be enjoyed now.

Salmorejo

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My first kitchen job involved making six gallons of gazpacho every Sunday. This was back when earning your chops meant something, and making that whole batch with just a knife and peeler, no blender, was the most tedious task on my list. It was also the most popular dish on the menu. By the time I’d learned that recipe — straight out of the Moosewood Cookbook — by heart, I figured I knew everything there was to know about cold Spanish soups.

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