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Sunday Kitchen

A Cheese That Doesn’t Stand Alone

Ingredient inspiration goes nutty, creamy, sour, bitter, peppery – and maybe more, in a dish starring escarole, lemon and a new Garden State Pecorino Romano from Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley.

A Samaha Salad

Garden State romaine is the foundation of a produce-packed toss you can keep simple or ramp up as desired.

Cacio e Pepe

Splendid as is or given the zing of something extra, this pasta-of-the-moment is ready to partner with the salads of spring.


Ripe strawberries need no help; grab and eat. If by some unfortunate circumstance you find yourself with less-than-ripe berries, there is a mix and a method that can help.

Same, Just Different

Familiar ingredients can take on new accents, new forms and new uses. Spice things up in order to change things up.

Spiced Trout Dip

While it’s in season, catch the opportunity to make a party dip that stars a fish at peak in our local waters.

Ramps, Vintage of 2023

It’s been an uneven season for the onion family perennial that is the darling of spring for chefs and serious home cooks. So celebrate what you can find and only – only! – buy ramps from farmers and foragers who engage in proper, sustainable harvesting practices.

Assembly Required

Yes, assembly is required. But that’s all there is – no cooking! – to preparing a kinda fancy duck-centered salad that’s put together with ingredients scored during a quick trip to an Asian market.

Sausage Király

Hungarian sausage-maker Jozsef Hirs crafts noble versions of the classics right here in the Garden State. Catch him when and where you can at farmers’ markets, festivals and by ordering online.

Color Your World

Pluck a veritable bouquet of spring rabe, a green that often rings in spring. Work it hard – it can take it – and let it brighten these weeks when the earth transforms from brown to blooming. First up in ’23: Rabe and Ramps Risotto.

Plenteous Parsley

In a quick blitz, it’s a dip, a spread, a sauce you can use to brighten these waning days of the leanest season. Consider the generous herb the green that gives birth to spring.

Honey-Orange Cookies

“Pantry Season” inspires Ella to create a cookie that’s special enough for a celebration and yet mindful of her desire not to waste ingredients already on hand.


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