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Mediterranean Lamb Stew with tomato, mushroom and eggplant (Kokkinisto)

Mediterranean Lamb Stew with tomato, mushroom and eggplant (Kokkinisto) by John Spottiswood

I used to order a delicious lamb stew at the New Kappadokia restaurant in Redwood City, California. Then I had a not quite but close to equally delicious stew at a Greek restaurant in Palo Alto that was called Kokkinisto. I pieced this recipe together…

1 vote
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Swai with Lemon-Basil Pesto

Swai with Lemon-Basil Pesto by John Spottiswood

We made this dish with Swai, but it would work equally well with basa, tilapia, catfish, sole, or any other mild and flaky white fish. The pesto is bright and citrusy and contrasts well with the mild, garlicky flavor of the fish. Our kids loved it and all went back for seconds. We served it with fresh artichoke and rice.

3 votes
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Lemon & Garlic Green Beans

Lemon & Garlic Green Beans by John Spottiswood

It is rare to have a side dish which everyone keeps reaching for instead of the main dish. That's especially true if its a fairly simple green vegetable side. But these green beans were truly that good. We used packaged, thin french cut green beans from Trader Joes. They are tender and tasty on their own, but I've never had them taste…

8 votes
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Spicy Cuban Ropa Vieja

Spicy Cuban Ropa Vieja by John Spottiswood

I wanted to serve a slightly more flavorful version of Ropa Vieja, the classic cuban beef dish, over black beans and rice for a friends' pre-christmas dinner. I paired it with a pork stew and both were hugely popular. I used tri-tip and it shredded wonderfully. This can be made with a cheaper, tougher piece of meat, but when Tri-tip…

1 vote
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Flank Steak Marinated Asian-Style

Flank Steak Marinated Asian-Style by John Spottiswood

This was really simple and the steak came out incredibly tender. We bought a good quality flank steak - which helped. But I think that the marinading process may also have helped tenderize the meat.

4 votes
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