Here is a dish that melds the best flavors of summer into a robust salad Yotam Ottolenghi calls for cherry tomatoes, but summer’s best tomatoes would also be right at home among the feta, mint and za’atar, the Middle Eastern spice blend Serve it alongside grilled meat, preferably in the back yard, summer nipping at the heels.
These tender little lamb rib chops have a deep, complex flavor thanks to a marinade imbued with cumin and Aleppo pepper After a brief soak, they get quickly seared, then served with a garlicky tahini-yogurt sauce and a tangy herb salad filled with feta cheese and sweet dates It’s a festive, colorful, company-worthy main course that comes together fast.
This traditional Greek recipe disregards the notion that seafood and cheese don’t mix, and it works beautifully, resulting in a harmonious balance of flavors Though it can be made year round with canned tomatoes, it is sensational with fresh sweet ripe ones, so best prepared in summer Serve it as a main course with rice or potatoes, or in small portions as an appetizer, taverna-style.
NYT Cooking: This is a classic French way to cook lentils, and it’s very easy. Aromatics are sautéed and then simmered with French lentils, also known as Le Puy lentils, for 20 to 25 minutes. It is an easy side dish (shown here with <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/8174-cod-baked-with-prosciutto">cod baked with prosciutto</a>), redolent of a Provencal feast.
This recipe was originally developed by Pierre Franey in 1991 for the 60-Minute Gourmet column, a weekly feature dedicated to Times-worthy dishes that were easy, quick and inexpensive. This recipe fit the bill perfectly, and it still does. Just sauté the chicken breasts until they are lightly browned. Then add shallots and garlic, tarragon, tomatoes, vinegar, capers, white wine and tomato paste. Stir well and cook for about 9 minutes more. That's it. (Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
NYT Cooking: Raghavan Iyer has dedicated his life to helping people learn to cook Indian food. He dissects the four main culinary regions of the country into manageable bites, and develops recipes that are simple to make but have complex flavors. In this recipe for puli jingha, he marries shrimp and coconut milk spiked with sambhar masala, a spice blend common in southern Indian kitc...