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Grace in the Kitchen

Guitars & Pizza: Two Passions

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Perfect Pizza Margherita // © James Baigrie

Let the dough for this pizza rest overnight for a chewy, slightly tangy crust. / © James Baigrie

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

There are three acceptable reasons to play hooky: gorgeous weather (wear sunscreen to avoid tan evidence), meeting your husband for "lunch" and mental burn-out. None of which applied to me today, but I ditched work anyway. I spent the afternoon at Matt Umanov's noodling around on guitars made by Bill Collings, from Austin (who happens to be the cousin of my sister-in-law), and falling in love with a piece of wood that far exceeded my annual dining-out budget (for my entire family, that is). Maybe that sister-in-law can put in a good word...

To console myself after walking out crestfallen and starving, I popped in to Keste pizzeria next door for just about the most delicious margherita pizza in the city. I think my version could be just as good, if only I had a wood-burning stove. Getting that crust just right was a true labor of love. I must have spent weeks perfecting the balance of ingredients, trying a multitude of flours, canned tomatoes and mozzarellas. The margherita is really just a jumping off point—a trip to the farmers' market can be a great inspiration for interesting toppings.

Purslane is awesome when it's available, as are baby kale, green garlic and nettles. It's a good thing I'm a better cook than I am a guitar player, because even if I tried REAL hard, I could never justify buying something so precious for myself. As it is, my husband bought me a gorgeous Breedlove guitar for Christmas, which (it turns out) exceeded my dining-out budget just a smidge. But I'm working it off by making pizza margherita for the family tomorrow night. SEE RECIPE »

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Miso Shrimpy

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Grilled Miso Shrimp // © Con Poulos

Double the recipe for these grilled shrimp skewers for a fantastic shrimp salad the next day. / © Con Poulos

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Everyone loves food on a stick—it's superfun! From a cook's perspective, it's also extremely easy: perfect portion control (one or two skewers per person), plus you turn each skewer as opposed to each individual shrimp. I just bought this gorgeous tub of yellow miso and some shrimp from my local Asian market/fishmonger, so this recipe was a natural choice. I doubled the recipe to be able to make shrimp salad the next day, but we ate most of that batch, too. SEE RECIPE »

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Getting Saucey

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Sticky Grilled Drumsticks with Plum Sauce // © Cedric Angeles

Use hot red pepper jelly to make the glaze for these chicken wings spicier; sweet red pepper jelly provides a milder kick. / © Cedric Angeles

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Who says eating with your hands has to be a messy affair? Uh, me…and my kids, who, at times, have abysmal table manners—napkins and (not so gentle) reminders notwithstanding. But these saucy drumsticks are totally worth the sticky fingers and the extra load of laundry-bound gunked-up pants. SEE RECIPE »

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Peach of a Relish

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Vietnamese Peach Relish // © Tina Rupp

Make sure to use peaches that are firm enough to hold their shape once diced for this flavorful fruit relish. / © Tina Rupp

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

This relish is sort of a cross between a Thai green papaya salad and fresh mango chutney, but it uses peaches and is loosely Vietnamese in demeanor…if that makes any sense. SEE RECIPE »

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Peck of Pickled Beans

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Horseradish-Pickled Wax Beans/ © Petrina Tinslay

These quick pickles require no heat—just shake the ingredients for the brine together and pour them over raw wax beans. / © Petrina Tinslay

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

A quick trip to the farmers' market yielded a big bag of mixed green and yellow wax beans—also some broad Romano beans, which I promptly turned into these gorgeous quick pickles. All I served them with the next day was a fresh, crusty baguette, lots of unsalted butter, sliced radishes and a good sprinkling of coarse sea salt. Divine! SEE RECIPE »

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Another Cool Use for Pound Cake

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Blueberry Pound Cake Crisp // © Lucy Schaeffer

Delicious, sugary cubes of pound cake make for a great topping on this baked fruit dessert. // © Lucy Schaeffer

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

What's the difference between a crisp and crumble? And what the hell are Buckles, Grunts and Bettys, exactly? Maybe this clears it up? Whatever the case may be, I don't think this recipe's title is entirely accurate, because pound cake is not a traditional baked-fruit topping. But it is fast, easy and entirely delicious. Here, toasted, sugared cubes of pound cake (lemon-yogurt might just be the perfect choice) cover a steaming, bubbling dish of tart blueberries. Plums, nectarines, peaches, berries, rhubarb, pears, etc., would also do terrifically, especially when served with ginger, coconut, cinnamon or plain old vanilla ice cream. SEE RECIPE »

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Semifreddo: Low-Tech Ice Cream

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Lemon-Honey Semifreddo // © Hallie Burton

This restaurant-inspired frozen mousse is an easy-to-make alternative to ice cream. / © Hallie Burton

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

I remember thinking how fancy those soft, cakey lady fingers were. My mom would have them in the freezer waiting to be put to good use: Zuppa Inglese (English Trifle, Italian style), cheesecake edges, ice cream bombes…yum! I've put them inside a very light and lemony frozen dessert called semifreddo, which is easier and more elegant than ice cream because it's served in slices. You see the lovely cross-sections—like an inside-out ice cream cake. SEE RECIPE »

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Chicken Satay on a Bun

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Chicken Burgers with Spicy Peanut Sauce // © David De Vleeschauwer

Chicken satay gets turned into a fast, weeknight meal-ready burger with spicy Thai peanut sauce. / © David De Vleeschauwer

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Always on a quest to limit my family's consumption of red meat (and use chicken in sneaky ways), I created this burger with spicy Thai peanut sauce as a sort of sandwichy riff on chicken satay. It's superfun, superlean and superdelicious! When I want a lower-carb dinner, I form the meat mixture into smaller patties and skewer them onto sugar cane or lemongrass stalks, grill them like kebabs and serve them with lettuce leaves. SEE RECIPE »

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The Truth About Trout

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Grilled Trout with Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise / © Con Poulos

Spreading a little mayonnaise on a thin, white, flaky fish like trout before grilling keeps it moist and adds rich flavor. / © Con Poulos

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Generally, I'm not a fan of fresh water fish—I find the flavor a bit murky and muddy—unless they're agressively marinated and grilled. Catfish and tilapia especially need some kitchen TLC. Trout, not so much. It's pretty durned tasty when brushed with a little of this tangy lemon-caper mayo and grilled. SEE RECIPE »

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Healthy & Delicious From the Farmers' Market

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Braised Greens with Tomatoes // © James Baigrie

This fast dish combines antioxidant-packed dark, leafy greens and lypocene-rich grape tomatoes. / © James Baigrie

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Sometimes I could eat nothing for dinner but a mess of greens. Unfortunately, my family requires protein and a starch. But on the rare occasion when I'm alone (four weeks each summer when the kids are at camp and eating camp food—which is one step above hospital food—I can indulge in the opposite of indulgence. SEE RECIPE »

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