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I cooked this at my parent’s house, which was wonderful. Everything looks super elegant on Blue and White plates!

This is one of my classic, go-to recipes for when I am cooking for myself. It is very light and it doesn’t take forever to put together, which is nice when you just want to eat already. This dish basically takes all that I love in the world – cooked onions, lemon and thyme – and marries them together. And it is one of those amazing dishes where the side and main are combined.

A few notes. One, the original recipe doesn’t call for potatoes, but I like to add in a few sometimes to add some more substance to the dish. Also because not everyone loves eating piles of cooked onions the way I do. Two, feel free to spice the fish something other than just salt and pepper. I recently bought McCormick’s Perfect Pinch Lemon Herb and it is amazing on fish. Finally, you can use any thin white fish for this dish. Martha recommends flounder, but any delicate fish will work well.
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This. Is The. Perfect. Potatoes. Au. Gratin. Recipe. Perfect, perfect, perfect. It tastes like the au gratin you always wanted to make, but somehow always fell short. The cheese combination is wonderful, the potatoes taste creamy, but not dense and heavy and the secret ingredient of chicken broth gives everything a wonderful flavor. Perfect.

However, part of the perfection of this recipe using a mandolin. Thinly, evenly sliced potatoes are a must for au gratins and my knife skills are really subpar. I debated whether I should buy one for awhile because, frankly, they make me nervous. I am constantly burning or cutting myself as it is, so did I really want to step it up to a potentially really dangerous item? The answer is yes, as the mandolin made potato slicing a dream. So thin! So precise! And somehow, not very dangerous. I made the decision to just give up on the very ends of the potatoes and not try to slice every single bit and this probably saved my poor fingers.

There is a tremendous range on mandolins and some are truly, astoundingly expensive. I bought this one, because seemed like a good compromise between insane and too cheap. At the Williams Sonoma Outlet it was significantly less money.

But enough about mandolins, back to the important thing here: the recipe. Russets are a must here, do not substitute Yukon golds or red potatoes, as they are not starchy enough for a solid gratin. And don’t rinse the potatoes, that rinses off the starch! I’ve never made anything from America’s Test Kitchen and now I can’t wait to make as many recipes from them as possible. I love the little articles that accompany the recipes about what they tried and what didn’t work. It is like Recipe Thunderdome, dozens of recipes enter, only one leaves. And this recipe is a definite winner. (Cheesy, I know. But it had do be done).

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Potato Latkes

Happy Hanukkah!

Recently, there have been all these recipes for “healthy latkes” or “foodie latkes” involving zucchini, oats, spaghetti squash and other blasphemous ingredients. This is unacceptable. Latkes should be as simple as possible. My only concession to these ridiculous trends is including apples. Which isn’t even that much of a concession, as much as a compliment to the apple sauce.

But whatever latke recipe you follow, the most important thing is to eliminate as much water as possible from the potatoes. I used paper towels, but next year I might invest in a cheesecloth, as I have heard very good things about their wringing qualities. The next important thing is to use a cast iron pan. Sadly, I did not and I missed it. Cast iron is perfect for frying, it really retains heat and browns the latkes perfectly. But it is possible to make perfectly delicious latkes in a regular non stick pan.

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Roasted Garlic Potatoes

I cannot resist roasted garlic. Or roasted potatoes. Basically this was my kryptonite. The smell was out of this world. This is essentially the perfect potatoes side dish. Simple, delicious and goes with anything. I could write more, but this is roasted garlic we’re talking about. You should need no convincing.

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