Squash toasts with ricotta

Ingredients: 1 2 1/2- to 3-pound kabocha or other yellow-fleshed squash 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon dried chile flakes Coarse sea or kosher salt 1 yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 3 tbsp maple syrup 4 slices country bread, 1-inch thick 1/2 cup (4 ounces) ricotta, goat…

Greek skillet pies

Ingredients For the dough: 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tbsp olive oil 3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar Cornstarch or rice flour, for dusting For the filling: 4 ounces spinach or mustard greens, or a combination of cooking greens 1/2 cup chopped scallions 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill 1/2 teaspoon dried…

Eggplant Caviar

Ingredients: 1 eggplant, about 1 pound Half a large tomato or one Roma 2 garlic cloves 3/4 teaspoon salt Few grinds of black pepper 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prick the eggplant all over with a fork, and roast on a foil-lined baking sheet until soft,…

Rosemary and Thyme Candied Pecans

Ingredients 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 tablespoons demerara sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced fresh thyme 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced fresh rosemary 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 pound pecan halves Fleur de sel or other sea salt, to finish Preheat an oven…

Roasted Pepper Tartine

Ingredients: 2 fresh or roasted red or yellow bell peppers Salt and pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 12 black olives, pitted and chopped 4 large 1/2-inch-thick slices bread 4 tablespoons sun-dried tomato purée or 4 thin slices tomato 4 ounces firm fresh goat cheese log Remove…

Fennel, Apple, and Avocado Crudo

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon crushed pink peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt 1/2 teaspoon finely grated Ruby Red grapefruit zest 6 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped dill 2 firm, ripe Hass avocados—halved, pitted and cut into very thin wedges 1 fennel bulb—halved, cored and very thinly sliced lengthwise (2 cups) 1…

Fried Okra

Ingredients: 1 cup vegetable oil 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon water 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup panko 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/2 pound okra, stemmed and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces Line a plate with paper towels and set aside. Heat the oil to 350˚F in a deep-fryer…