Margaroni

3 parts tequila (blanco)
1 part campari
1 part cointreau
juice of ½ lemon

Stir together with ice, drain into a martini or margarita glass, garnish with a slice or twist of lemon.

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Spicy Tamarind Steak

Spicy Tamarind Hangar Steak

3 chiles (Thai, serrano, or jalapeño), thinly sliced into rounds
¼ cup tamarind concentrate
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus 4 tsp more for cooking
1½ pound hangar steak, de-membraned and cut into 4 pieces

Whisk chiles, tamarind, brown sugar, salt, and 1 Tbsp. oil in a shallow baking dish until sugar is dissolved. Add steak and turn to coat. Cover and chill at least 4 hours, or up to a day.

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Port Cocktails

Via http://boozenerds.com/2014/04/06/any-port-in-a-storm/

2 oz ruby port
1 oz scotch
1 oz black walnut liqueur (we used the Dancing Pine)
3 dashes blackstrap bitters

Assemble in the glass. Add ice, Serve!

2 oz tawny port
2 oz rye
1/4 oz honey
3 dashes of Boker’s bitters (we used Jamie Boudreau’s from Canon)

Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

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Spice Crusted Winter Vegetables with Harissa Yogurt

Roasted vegetables with harissa labneh sauce

2 pounds small carrots or other hearty winter vegetable (we used brussels sprouts), salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon English mustard powder
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander or fennel
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
Freshly ground black pepper

½ cup labneh (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon harissa paste
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more
Lemon wedges (for serving)

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Mustard-Crusted Branzino

Mustard Crusted Branzino

For some reason, Bon Appetit recommends using a whole butterflied fish, but that just presents you with many small bones to deal with. This dish will be equally good with filets. Serves 2 and can easily be doubled.

2 branzini/ Mediterranean sea bass filets
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or fresh coarsely chopped breadcrumbs, preferably sourdough)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Menu for week of Mar 23

Basmati with Wild Rice

Sat: Steak w/grilled onions, french baguette, asparagus
Sun: lamb schawarma w / basmati/wildrice/chickpeas and root vegetable slaw
Mon: Leftovers
Tues: middle eastern style salad
Wed: pita wrap w/lamb, yogurt/sumac/shallot dip, shirazi salad

Lamb Shawarma

Lamb Shawarma

We took a lamb recipe from Jerusalem: A Cookbook and adapted it with a cooking technique from Cook's Illustrated to create a perfectly tender, medium-rare lamb roast with shawarma spices.

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Root Vegetable Slaw

Root Vegetable Slaw

This Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was a nice complement to his lamb shawarma dish. It was also a nice, bright, fresh salad at a time of year when you're craving anything but kale. Serving it with labneh makes it a more substantial dish.

Serves at least 4 as a side salad.

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Basmati and Wild Rice with Chickpeas, Currants and Herbs

Basmati with Wild Rice

This Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was amazing. The balance of the sweet currants with the curry-spiced chickpeas was surprising and delightful and the fried onions sealed the deal. Yes, it's got a lot of components, but it is totally worth it. I have halved the proportions to serve 8 as a side or 4 as a main.

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