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Makes 4 servings

  • 4-5 lbs beef short ribs, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 12 oz bottle chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup beer or orange juice
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  1. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. 
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.  Set aside. 
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. 
  4. Grill ribs for 20 minutes, turning frequently.  Baste ribs liberally with sauce and continue to cook another 20 minutes.

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Makes 8 servings

  • 2 large shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, shells and tails on
  1. Place shallots, ginger, garlic, soy, lime juice, and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the green onion and oil and blend until combined. Season with black pepper, to taste. Place shrimp in a large bowl, pour the marinade over, and let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat a grill to high. Remove shrimp from the marinade and grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Serve on brown paper bags, if desired.

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Makes 1 drink

  • 8 cups diced watermelon (about 1/2 of a small watermelon), plus slices for garnish
  • 8 ounces lemon vodka, chilled
  • 7 ounces simple syrup, recipe follows
  • 1 (17.5-ounce) can coconut juice
  • 1 lemon
  1. Chill watermelon in the freezer for 30 minutes. Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Serve very cold in a chilled glass, and garnish with watermelon or lemon slices.

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

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Rose 75

Makes 1 drink

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • 5 ounces chilled Rose Champagne
  • Edible flowers or fresh currants, for garnish
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and Simple Syrup. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up.) Strain into a chilled champagne coupe or flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with an edible flower or currants.

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

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Makes 1 drink

  • 4 small scoops vanilla ice cream, about 2/3 cup
  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 6 ounces orange soda, chilled
  1. Drop the ice cream scoop into a chilled soda glass. Pour the mescal over the ice cream, and then the orange soda. Serve.

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Makes 1 drink

  • 2 ripe, firm red plums, such as Santa Rosa or Elephant Heart
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 limes, diced and pitted
  • 1 cup cachaca
  1. Halve and pit plums. Whisk the sugars and water together in a small saucepan. Add the plums and simmer over medium heat, until tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Cool plums in the liquid.
    Slice half a plum for garnish and set aside.
  2. Put the diced limes and remaining plums in a large open pitcher. Crush thoroughly with a muddler or a potato masher (it works great). Add cachaca and the plum cooking liquid and fill with ice cubes. Pour into chilled rocks glasses, allowing some ice and fruit to fall into the glasses as well. Garnish each drink with a slice of poached plum.

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Makes 1 drink

  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 1 packed tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces golden rum
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
  1. Muddle raspberries with sugar in a rocks glass. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and lime juice, shake until chilled. (In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up.) Pour drink with some ice over the berries in the glass.

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Serves 6

Asian chili sauce can pack a lot of heat.  If you prefer a milder dish, reduce to 1 tbsp in the salad.

For salad:

  • 4 oz rice-flour noodles
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, cut into 2 inch long julienne sticks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 scallions, green part only, cut into 2 inch long julienne strips
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Asian chili sauce (preferably pineapple flavored)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Asian sesame oil

For kebabs:

  • olive oil, for grill
  • 1 3/4 lbs sea scallops
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce (preferably pineapple flavored)
  • 1/2 pineapple, rind cut away and core discarded, cut into 1×1/2″ chunks
  • 4 oz fresh snow peas, blanched
  • 2 orange bell peppers, sides sliced off core, stems and seeds discard, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 12 (10 inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
  1. Make salad: Cook noodles according to package instructions and drain.  Rinse in cold water until cool; drain and toss with remaining ingredients in a bowl; salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.
  2. Make kebabs: Preheat grill and lightly oil rack.  Rinse scallops and pat dry; remove small, tough muscle from side of each.  Combine juice and chili sauce in a large shallow bowl.  Add scallops and marinate at room temperature, turning once, about 15 minutes. 
  3. Alternately thread scallops, pineapple and vegetables onto drained skewers; season with salt and pepper.  Grill over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and scallops are just cooked through, about 7 minutes.  Transfer to serving plates with noodle salad in bowls on side.  Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

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Serves 4

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (5 oz each)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • lemon slices for garnish
  1. Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper; pound to 1/4 inch thickness with a rolling pin or meat mallet. 
  2. On a sheet of waxed paper, combine flour, salt and pepper.  In a large shallow bowl, beat together eggs and water. 
  3. Dredge chicken breasts in flour mixture, one at a time, to coat lightly on both sides.  Dip chicken in egg mixture to coat on both sides; let excess drip back into bowl. 
  4. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp oil over medium-high heat.  Add chicken to skillet, in batches if necessary, using remaining oil if needed.  Cook, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 6 minutes.  Transfer to a plate; keep warm. 
  5. Just before chicken is done, melt remaining butter in a small skillet.  When butter begins to foam, add lemon juice; swirl to mix.  Pour lemon butter over chicken.  Garnish with lemon slices.

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Serves 6

  • 6 bone-in chicken breasts (about 8 oz each)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can (14 oz) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, crumbled, or 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.  Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. 
  2. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a shallow baking dish.  Roast until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes. 
  3. While chicken is roasting, in a large skillet, combine coconut milk, brown sugar, basil, curry powder, soy sauce and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring.  Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring for 10 minutes.  Whisk in heavy cream. 
  4. Transfer chicken breasts to serving plates.  Spoon sauce over and sprinkle each serving with some raisins.

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