Avocado quesadillas with grape tomatoes and basil chiffonade

These quesadillas make a healthy and delicious meal for a quick weeknight dinner. The avocados are paired with deliciously nutty Fontina, which adds to their creaminess, and finely cubed red onions and jalapeños for a bit of contrast and spunk. The cherry tomatoes and basil that adorn the quesadillas bring a lovely acidity and freshness to the dish.

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Winter scramble with shiitake, fingerling potatoes and chard

This satisfying scramble is the perfect weekend breakfast food, but it’s so scrumptious that I often crave it for a simple weekday dinner, my mouth salivating in anticipation as I cook at the stove.

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Grilled cheese sandwich with garlic confit and baby arugula

What is it about melted cheese? Just about anything oozing with melted cheese tastes delicious – like melted mozzarella on a flatbread pizza; sweet, nutty asiago in a luscious mac & cheese; or earthy fontina in an unbearably sinful fondue with chipotle and tequila.

But perhaps the simplest recipe – the most adored of all – is the grilled cheese sandwich. When prepared with a crusty bread and stuffed with a cheese that melts to perfection, it is essentially irresistible.

Here, this beloved sandwich takes on a gourmet twist. The secret ingredient: garlic confit!

When garlic is gently poached in olive oil, it becomes sweet, with a subtle flavor. The cloves become so soft that you can spread them on your toast – or in this case, in your grilled cheese sandwich.

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