Laura Ratliff


Thai Green Curry Shrimp Recipe

By Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith | April 10, 2012


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Last year, when Laura’s intrepid traveling aunts visited Thailand and Southeast Asia, they were inspired to take Thai cooking classes. Each day of their class, they visited the local market to purchase their ingredients then returned to cook a delicious meal. One recipe that they returned with was a great green curry paste, used here in a hearty, spicy meal of green curry shrimp served over fragrant jasmine rice.

There is no comparison between jarred green curry and the homemade version. The shortcut is tempting, but the second your kitchen is filled with the aroma of green chilies, coriander, ginger and lime, the jarred stuff will be the furthest thing from your mind. Plus, curry paste keeps forever in the freezer and you can cut off chunks as you need it, whether it be for a full-fledged meal or just as a topper for some steamed rice. Read More


Butternut Squash Salad with Hazelnuts and Blue Cheese Recipe

By Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith | November 10, 2011

Squash salad

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Admittedly, we’re not huge salad fans; so many of them consist of wilted, soggy greens, watery dressing and nothing more. Even though I love vegetables, there’s nothing appealing about flavorless lettuce.

This salad, however, totally changed my tune: roasted, crunchy hazelnuts (an excellent source of protein and fiber), sweet roasted butternut squash, and pungent blue cheese, served over lightly-dressed fresh greens. Read More


Skate with Potatoes, Lemon, and Olives Recipe

By Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith | October 18, 2011

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Photo: Laura Ratliff

I was excited to score some skate on sale this week, which I planned on adapting for use in one of my favorite quick dinner recipes: roasted fish with potatoes, lemons and olives. While the original recipe calls for tilapia, we avoid tilapia for a few reasons, and have subbed in barramundi in the past. However, skate in hand, we made a few modifications and served up a simple, delicious dinner with this buttery-sweet, inexpensive fish Read More


Lamb Sausage, Goat Cheese, and Fig Salad Recipe

By Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith | October 11, 2011

lamb sausage, fig and goat cheese salad

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Along with the cooler temperatures, Fall also brings with it some of the best produce around: butternut squash, kale, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and one of the best of all-figs! These tender, sweet fruits are a treat to eat on their own (believe us, we ate plenty of them!) but they can really shine when paired with a few supporting cast mates.

We paired our Black Mission figs with smoky lamb sausage, grilled red onions, and a creamy Sainte-Maure goat cheese, all atop a bed of baby greens and drizzled with a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Read More


Lobster with Linguine and Mint Recipe

By Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith | October 4, 2011

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Photo: Laura Ratliff

Ryan and I have an affinity for fresh ingredients and this dinner couldn’t have been any fresher. I’m a long-time reader of Mark Bittman’s now-defunct Minimalist column in The New York Times and frequently search the archives for dinner inspiration.

This week’s meal, a pasta dish with lobster and mint, was inspired both by Bittman and a dish at Mario Batali’s southern Italian seafood restaurant Esca. In addition to being delicious, it involves no more than three ingredients-two of which you probably have in your pantry already. The third ingredient might require a trip to the market-I wasn’t lying when I said this meal was fresh. Read More


Thrice-Cooked Chips Recipe

By Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith | September 27, 2011

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Photo: Laura Ratliff

Inspired by some of the fantastic burgers served at restaurants all around New York City, we’ve been experimenting all summer long on our own topping our burgers with stinky Roquefort cheese, making juicy patties from salmon fillets, and even slicing fresh avocados as a side in an effort to make these decadent meals seem healthier. Now, on the last weekend of the fading summer, we shifted the focus from the burger to its companions, fries and drink.

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Lemon-Lime Basil Sugar Cookies Recipe

By Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith | September 20, 2011

lemon lime basil cookies

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Culinary confession time: I really, really dislike shortbread cookies. Even though my mom makes a mean lavender shortbread, I’ve just never understood why people enjoy eating sandy, flavorless, crumbly pucks. I could go on, but I’ll spare you more complaining. I refuse to eat them, so I most definitely refuse to bake them.

That’s why, when I came across a recipe for lemon-lime basil shortbread cookies in the July 2011 issue of Bon Appetit, I was initially disappointed-why ruin three absolutely stunning ingredients by using them in shortbread, of all things? Read More

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