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Очень вкусный суп! Почему-то этого не ожидала.

Serves 4
Active Time
20 minutes
Total Time
1 hour, 10 minutes


3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 large carrots (about 10 ounces), coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped, divided
12 garlic cloves, thinly sliced, divided
1 leftover roasted chicken carcass, meat picked off in large pieces and reserved, or 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
10 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups whole farro
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained, rinsed
1 cup thinly sliced Tuscan kale
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons radish-top salsa verde (optional)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped dill
1 baguette, sliced, toasted
Lemon wedges (for serving)


Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large pot over medium-high. Cook carrots, half of the onion, and 3 sliced garlic cloves, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add chicken carcass, if using, and broth; cover and simmer 30 minutes. (If you're not using carcass, simmer 15 minutes.)
Meanwhile, toast farro in another large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown and smells nutty, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp. salt and 3 cups water. Cover and simmer until farro is tender and liquid evaporates, about 30 minutes; strain any remaining liquid, if necessary. Set aside 2 cups farro for Dill-Crusted Pork Tenderloin or reserve for another use.
Strain chicken broth mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; discard carcass and vegetables. Set aside 2 cups broth for Potato, Leek, and Pea Pot Pie or reserve for another use.
Wipe out pot, then heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over low. Cook remaining onion and 9 sliced garlic cloves, stirring occasionally, until tender and light golden, 8–10 minutes. Add remaining broth left in bowl, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer. Add reserved chicken meat, beans, kale, lemon juice, pepper, and remaining 1 1/2 tsp. salt and farro left in pot; cook until vegetables are cooked through, 3–5 minutes.
Divide soup among bowls. Stir 1 Tbsp. salsa verde into each bowl, if using, and sprinkle with dill. Serve with baguette slices and lemon wedges alongside.
Do Ahead
Soup can be made 2 days ahead. Chill in a resealable container.

Cooks' Note
Instead of salsa verde, you can use coarsely chopped parsley, cilantro, and/or mint. This recipe uses whole farro rather than the semi-pearled variety. To substitute farro, use wheat berries.

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Очень вкусно! Вместо хэма можно делать с прошутто или колбасой.

4–6 servings
Active Time
15 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes


1 pound farfalle or other short pasta
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced shallots (about 2 large)
4 ounces thick-cut ham (about 4 slices), cut into thin strips
1 cup frozen or fresh shelled peas
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (from about 1 large lemon)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan (for serving)


Cook farfalle in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente; drain, reserving 2 Tbsp. pasta cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add shallots and 1/2 tsp. salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes (do not brown). Add ham, peas, and cream. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon zest, 2 Tbsp. parsley, and 1/2 tsp. pepper.
Return pasta to pot. Toss with sauce and reserved pasta cooking liquid; season with salt and pepper. Divide among plates, then top with parsley and Parmesan and season with more pepper.

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Совершенно роскошное ризотто! Красиво, вкусно, празднично, быстро и просто. Вот только спаржу я в другой раз все же буду запекать с кунжутным семенем, вареная, даже в бульоне, мне не нравится.


3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
3/4 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup grated parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


Bring broth and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add asparagus and simmer, uncovered, until just tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer asparagus with a slotted spoon to an ice bath to stop cooking, then drain. Keep broth at a bare simmer, covered.
Cook onion in 2 tablespoons butter with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 4-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add wine and simmer, stirring constantly, until absorbed.
Stir in 1/2 cup broth mixture and briskly simmer, stirring frequently, until absorbed. Continue adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is creamy and tender but still al dente (it should be the consistency of a thick soup), about 18 minutes. (There will be leftover broth mixture.)
Stir in shrimp and cook until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in asparagus, zest, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, parmesan, parsley, and pepper to taste. (Thin risotto with some of remaining broth if necessary.)

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4 Servings

4 garlic cloves, smashed
½ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
Kosher salt
¼ cup blanched hazelnuts
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
6 heads of Little Gem (about 1 pound total), cores removed, leaves separated
4 small carrots (about 4 ounces), scrubbed, thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandoline
½ cup mint leaves
1½ ounces SarVecchio or Parmesan
Flaky sea salt


Combine garlic, cream, and ½ tsp. pepper in a small bowl; season with salt. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Toast hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool before chopping coarsely.

Strain cream mixture into a large bowl and add oil. Whip to soft peaks, then whisk in 1 Tbsp. lemon juice. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.

Toss lettuce, carrots, mint, and half of hazelnuts with remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice in another large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add a few dollops of lemon cream and gently toss to coat.

Spoon remaining lemon cream onto a platter and top with salad. Shave cheese over salad and top with cracked pepper, sea salt, and remaining hazelnuts.

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Делала уже дважды. Очень быстро, просто и вкусно!


500 г филе камбалы
50 мл ржаной муки
10-15 г сливочного масла
1 стол лож оливкового масла
3-4 веточки тимьяна
3 зубчика чеснока
2-3 брызги лимона
Соль, перец

100-120 мл крем фреша (можно заменить жирной сметаной)
1 стол лож тёртого хрена (у меня был из тюбика)
2-3 брызги лимона

Ход действий:

Смешала в стакане крем фреш, хрен, соль, перец, брызнула лимоном, размешала. В сторону.

Очистила чеснок, разрезала на половинки.

Нагрела на сковороде сливочное масло и оливковое масло.
Добавила тимьян и чеснок. Оставила на минутку.

На тарелке смешала ржаную муку, соль, перец.
Обваляла филе камбалы в мучной смеси.
Жарила филе камбалы порциями на сковороде с тимьяном и чесноком.
По минутке-две с каждой стороны, осторожно переварачивала, перекладывала на тёплую тарелку, в конце сбрызнула лимоном.

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Делала уже неоднакратно и на природе на мангале и дома. Очень вкусно, остренько!

Запечь баклажаны, помидоры, болгарский и острый перцы. Запеченные овощи очистить от кожуры.

Овощи крупно нарезать, добавить к ним соль, черный перец, чеснок, красный лук. Мелко нарезать зелень укропа,петрушки, кинзы, базилика. Все смешать и заправить оливковым маслом и соком лимона.

По мотивам:
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Это очень вкусно! Совершенно изумительное блюдо, просто полный восторг, нам с мужем обоим очень понравилось (вкуснее, чем в ресторане на грилле).


1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
4 pitas
1 cup full-fat or low-fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon tahini
1/4 teaspoon grated garlic
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped dill, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped mint, plus more for serving
1/2 large English hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4"-thick half-moons (about 1 cup)
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
3/4 cup small cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (about 5 ounces)
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion

Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, 2 Tbsp. oil, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, 12–15 minutes; wrap pitas in foil and warm in oven during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Meanwhile, mix yogurt, tahini, garlic, lemon zest, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl until incorporated. Fold in 2 Tbsp. dill and 2 Tbsp. mint.
Toss cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, remaining 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in another medium bowl.
Thinly slice chicken. Place 1 warmed pita on each plate and top evenly with chicken and tomato-cucumber salad. Drizzle each pita with 2 Tbsp. tahini-yogurt sauce; top with dill and mint. Serve remaining tahini-yogurt sauce alongside.

Do Ahead
Tahini-yogurt sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

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Я делала это блюдо точно по рецепту лет 5 назад и мне оно тогда не понравилось: жирная рыба с жизным маслом получилось масло-масленное. А в этот раз у меня были мандарины и мне нужны были мандариновые корки для персидского блюда с рисом и курицей и я о нем вспомнила. Решила, что потенциала в нем много, поэтому нужно дать рецепту еще один шанс, только сделать по-своему. Итак, взяла два филе замороженного сибаса и порезала на кусочки. Три мандаринки, кожу только одного, сок 1/2 апельсина и 1/2 лимона.

Разогрела 1 ст. ложку масла, положила в него мандариновые корки, через минуту рыбу. Обжарила с солью и белым перцем со всех сторон до готовности. Отложила, удалила корки, добавила еще одну ложку масла, сок лимона, апельсина, мандарины, плеснула бренди и подожгла. Все! Очень вкусно. Подавала с картофельным пюре и зеленым салатом.

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Очень вкусно, свежо, по-весеннему. Я сделала вчера на ужин, но в будущем лучше подавать на ланч. Просто и быстро.

YIELDMakes 4 servings ACTIVE TIME10 min TOTAL TIME20 min

1 cup frozen baby peas (not thawed)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
1 garlic clove, smashed
3 cups packed baby spinach (3 ounces)
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 pound dried gnocchi (preferably De Cecco)
1/4 cup grated parmesan

Simmer peas with cream, red-pepper flakes, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 12-inch heavy skillet, covered, until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add spinach and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, stirring, until wilted. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest and juice.
Meanwhile, cook gnocchi in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (3 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain gnocchi.
Add gnocchi to sauce with cheese and some of reserved cooking water and stir to coat. Thin with additional cooking water if necessary.
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2 cups dried chickpeas

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup tahini

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 large garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Kosher salt

Extra-virgin olive oil, sumac, pomegranate seeds, roasted chickpeas, thinly sliced radishes and fresh mint, for garnish

Pita chips, radishes, 
baby fennel and carrots, for serving


In a medium bowl, cover the dried chickpeas with 2 inches of water and stir in 1 teaspoon of the baking soda. Refrigerate the chickpeas overnight. 
Drain the chickpeas, then rinse them under cold water.

In a medium saucepan, cover the chickpeas with 
2 inches of fresh water. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of 
baking soda and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat 
for about 1 hour, until the chickpeas are very tender. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Rinse under cold water. 

In a food processor, combine the chickpeas with 1/2 cup 
of the reserved cooking water. Add the tahini, lemon juice, 
garlic and ground cumin; season with salt and puree until creamy (add more cooking water if necessary). Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with olive oil, sumac, pomegranate seeds, roasted chickpeas, thinly sliced radishes and mint. Serve with pita chips, whole radishes, fennel and carrots.

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Очень вкусно!

Натерла на крупной терке 2 крупные моркови и 1 батат. Добавила цедру 1 лимона и выдавила 2 зубчика чеснока.
Посолила, поперчила белым перцем.
Смешала с 2 ст.л. майонеза и заправила салат.

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Такой же маринад подойдет для мяса, креветок или рыбы. Я разрезала куриное мясо на мелкие кусочки и после прямо в маринаде обжарила. Можно и как шашлычки запечь на спажках или в пекарской бумаге с овощами. Словом, быстро, просто, вкусно!

На 2 порции:
1-2 куриных филе (одно большое или два мелких)
2 лепешки типа тортильяс
2 листа салата айсберг
четверть мягкого авокадо

сок половинки лайма (или лимона, тоже хорошо)
1 маленький зубчик чеснока
1 маринованный пеперони (халапеньо или чили - не брала)
неколько веточек кинзы
1/2 ч.л. соли
1 ст.л. растительного масла

Маринад. Перец и кинзу мелко порубить, чеснок измельчить или натереть на терке в пасту. Смешать. Добавить масло, соль, перец и перетереть ингредиенты (можно в ступке или просто на доске ножом смешивать и как бы бы продолжать рубить). Филе положить в пакет (зиплок, например, удобно), залить маринадом и оставтиь на полчаса-час мариноваться. Если что – можно до суток в холодильнике так держать в маринаде мясо.

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Быстро, просто, вкусно, кажется, что очень диетически, но я, вроде, наелась.


1 tablespoon Great Value 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

12 ounces medium to large (41-60 per pound) frozen raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail removed and thawed

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

4 cups cauliflower florets

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon toasted sliced almonds (забыла)

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (использовала турмерик)

Lemon wedges, for garnish

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add shrimp and garlic and cook, stirring, until shrimp is opaque, about 3 minutes. Remove and reserve.
Add cauliflower and cook, stirring once or twice, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup water, cover, reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is just tender, about 5 minutes.
Return shrimp to pan, add lemon juice and cook, uncovered, until liquid is reduced slightly, about 1 minute.
Toss with almonds and sprinkle with paprika. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

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Это очень и очень вкусно, не смотря на то, что я рецепт упростила, масло и пармазан в конце не добавляла. Отдельно семечки не обжаривала, а добавила в конце, минут за 5-6 до того, как достать тыкву. Просто полила соком лимона, добавила финики и сервировала с котлетами из индейки.

8 to 10 Servings

1/3 cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 teaspoon plus 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt
4 pounds kabocha or acorn squash, each squash halved through root end, seeded
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup (or more) fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 bunch dandelion greens, tough ends trimmed (about 4 ounces)
1 cup Deglet Noor dates (about 3 1/2 ounce), pitted, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 ounces Parmesan, cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about 1/3 cup; optional)


Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 375°. Spread out pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast on top rack, stirring once or twice, until lightly browned, puffed, and aromatic, about 7 minutes. Toss pumpkin seeds on sheet with 1 teaspoon oil and a pinch of salt. Let cool on sheet; transfer to a work surface and coarsely chop. DO AHEAD Pumpkin seeds can be prepared 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Increase oven temperature to 425°. Place squash, cut side down, on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, carefully remove peel. Cut squash lengthwise into 3/4-inch-thick wedges. Place squash, 1/4 cup oil, and thyme in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Divide squash between 2 large rimmed baking sheets, cut side down, in a single layer.

Roast squash, rotating sheets halfway through, until tender when pierced with a fork, 25-30 minutes; set aside.

Mix remaining 1/2 cup oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and parsley in a medium bowl. Season dressing with salt, pepper, and additional lemon juice, if desired. Place dandelion greens in a large bowl; drizzle with 1 tablespoon dressing. Season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Add dates and Parmesan, if using, to remaining dressing in bowl for date relish.

Arrange dandelion greens on a large platter; top with warm squash. Spoon date relish over; garnish with pumpkin seeds.

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Вкусно! Мы это все в двоем съели.


2 pounds broccoli rabe (about 2 bunches) trimmed and sliced into 2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 oil-packed anchovy fillets
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for blanching
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ounce parmesan, shaved in strips using a peeler (1/2 cup curls)
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts


Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to boil over high heat. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
Add the rabe to the boiling water and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes. Drain and submerge in bowl of ice water until cool, about 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and anchovies, stirring and breaking up the anchovies with a wooden spoon. Cook until garlic is fragrant and light golden in color, 1 minute.
Add the rabe to the pan with any residual water. Cook, tossing occasionally, until the mixture starts to wilt, about 2 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and cook until rabe is crisp tender, about 3 minutes more.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning. Spoon onto plates or a platter and top with parmesan and pine nuts.

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Совершенно потрясающий салат! Просто полный восторг!

8 Servings


1 small head of green cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds


Toss cabbage, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl, cover, and let sit at room temperature 30 minutes to allow cabbage to soften (or cover and chill up to 2 hours).
Add onion, lemon juice, oil, and vinegar to cabbage and toss to coat. Let sit, uncovered, at room temperature 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, cilantro, mint, and pomegranate seeds and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper as needed.

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Это было очень и очень вкусно! Я вместо гранатового салата я подавала с капустным (следующий пост). Можно и для гостей и себе.
Makes 4 servings
Active Time
35 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 35 minutes


Tahini yogurt:
3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Baharat Seasoning
1 large garlic clove, pressed
1/2 cup plain whole-milk Greek-style yogurt
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
Pomegranate relish:
1 1/4 cups pomegranate seeds
2/3 cup shelled unsalted natural pistachios, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup coarsely grated onion
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Baharat Seasoning
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, each halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 3 pieces
Warm pita breads
Special equipment: 4 10- to 12-inch-long metal skewers
Ingredient info: Greek-style yogurt is sold at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores (such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods markets) and Greek markets. Tahini (sesame seed paste) is available at some supermarkets and at natural foods stores and Middle Eastern markets.


For tahini yogurt:
Combine lemon juice, Baharat Seasoning, and garlic in medium bowl; stir to blend. Let stand 5 minutes. Whisk in yogurt and tahini. Season tahini yogurt to taste with salt. DO AHEAD: Can be made up to 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
For pomegranate relish:
Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
For chicken:
Whisk first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Marinate at room temperature at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours.
Preheat broiler. Thread 6 chicken pieces onto each skewer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on small rimmed baking sheet. Broil chicken until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Arrange kebabs on platter. Serve with tahini yogurt, pomegranate relish, and warm pita breads.

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As it was expected the dish is very nice!

Serves 2 as a side

1 pound fresh broccoli
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon coarse or kosher salt
A few pinches of pepper flakes, to taste
Finely grated zest of half a lemon, or more to taste
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced
Juice of half a lemon, or more to taste, to finish

Heat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Prep your broccoli: Wash broccoli well — seriously, there is always a stem-colored worm hidden in the florets when I buy organic or from a farmer’s market, hooray for fewer pesticides! — and pat dry. Slice straight through the broccoli stem(s) as close to the crown of florets as possible. The crown should naturally break into several large florets, and you can cut these down into more manageable chunks. I find that less mess is made and less broccoli rubble is lost when I cut not down through the florets tops to halve chunks but up through the attached stems. (See 2nd photo above.) After cutting through the stem, I use my hands to break the floret the rest of the way in two. Don’t let the stems go to waste. I peel off the tough outer skin and knots and cut the stems into 1/2-inch segments; they cook up wonderfully this way, and at the same speed as the florets.

Drizzle the first tablespoon of oil over your baking sheet or roasting pan and brush or roll it around so it’s evenly coated. In a large bowl, toss prepared florets and stems with remaining olive oil, garlic, pepper flakes, salt and lemon zest until they’re evenly coated. Spread broccoli in an even layer in prepared pan.

Roast for 20 minutes, then use a spatula to flip and move pieces around for even cooking. Roast another 10 to 15 minutes, checking every 5, until broccoli is toasty and as crisp as you like it. (As you can see, we like a serious char on ours.)

From the oven, taste a floret for seasoning and add more salt and pepper flakes if needed. Shower with fresh lemon juice and eat immediately, as-is or follow one of the adventures below.

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Я сделала не совсем по рецепту сократив количество муки, масла и молока в два раза. Мои пропорции в скобках.

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for coating the frying pan and serving (2 1/2 Т)
1 cup whole milk (1/2 чашки)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (1/2 плюс 1/8 чашки)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (1/2 плюс 1/4 чайной ложки)
1 teaspoon fine salt
3 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon packed finely grated lemon zest (from about 2 to 3 medium lemons)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
Powdered sugar, fruit, or maple syrup, for serving (optional)

Place butter and milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until butter has melted; remove from heat and let cool slightly.

2In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt; set aside.

3Place egg yolks, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Whisk in a quarter of the milk-butter mixture (this will temper the eggs and prevent them from curdling), then whisk in the remaining milk-butter mixture until smooth.

4Add the reserved flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined (do not overmix); set aside.

5In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites to soft peaks (they should bend like soft-serve ice cream; make sure the bowl and whisk are perfectly clean with no traces of grease, or the whites will not whip properly). Halfway through whisking them, sprinkle in the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using the rubber spatula, fold the whites into the reserved batter until just combined.

6Gently fold the ricotta into the batter, being careful not to break down the texture of the cheese (the batter will be lumpy and streaked with ricotta); set aside.

7Heat a large nonstick frying pan, griddle, or seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat until hot, about 4 minutes. Test to see if the pan is hot enough by sprinkling a couple of drops of cold water in it: If the water bounces and sputters, the pan is ready to use.

8Lightly coat the pan’s surface with butter, then use a 1/4-cup measure to scoop the batter into the pan. Cook until bubbles form on top of the pancakes, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until the bottoms are golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve immediately with powdered sugar, fruit, butter, or maple syrup.


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