Marge Perry Newsday columnist Marge Perry

Marge Perry, Newsday's weekly 3 Simple columnist, also writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition. In her long-standing capacity as a Newsday columnist, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light, author of the blog A Sweet and Savory Life, restaurant critic, recent columnist for several leading magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention); regular contributor to many magazines, (including Self, More, Coastal Living, and Relish) and frequent guest on television and radio, Perry is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels.

In addition to Dinner Tonight, the cookbook based on her daily Newsday column, Ms. Perry has contributed recipes and text to nearly 20 other food and nutrition books. Her articles have been syndicated internationally in magazines and books, and her recipes have appeared on the Television Food Network and numerous television news segments.

Perry teaches cooking and food writing at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, food writing at, and is a guest lecturer at the culinary management graduate school at New York University. Her extensive involvement with the food industry ranges from writing and reporting about cooking and nutrition, chefs, restaurants, growers, producers and manufacturers; restaurant reviewing; menu consulting; consumer trend analysis; and volunteering to bring food and cooking/nutrition know-how to those in need. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Libby Hillman Award for Culinary Excellence and the Food Writers’ Symposium scholarship and the Association of Food Journalists Award for Best Food Essay for an ode to her mother and strawberry-frosted cupcakes.

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TIP Keep nut oils refrigerated; they are less stable than olive and vegetable oils and will turn rancid more easily.


4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 bunch ruby chard (7 to 8 ounces), torn into 3-inch pieces

1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from 2 ears)

1 medium zucchini (about 8 ounces) quartered lengthwise and cut across into 1/2-inch slices

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2 tomatoes, cut into /2-inch pieces (about 1 pound)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup basil, cut into thin strips

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chard and cook, tossing, until the leaves are wilted and brightly colored, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Add the corn to the pan and cook, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the pan; add the zucchini, cut- side down, and cook without moving until the undersides are golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl.

4. Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly wilted and warmed, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl.

5. Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil with the balsamic and salt. Stir in the basil and toss with the vegetables. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition for each serving 143 calories, 3 g protein, 12 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 11 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 174 mg sodium

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1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

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3 tablespoons mint, chopped

3 tomatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

1 cucumber, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 11/2 cups)

3 whole wheat pitas, torn into 2-inch pieces

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1. Whisk olive oil and lemon juice together; stir in parsley and mint.

2. Add the tomatoes, cucumber and torn pitas and toss thoroughly. Stir in the feta and add salt and pepper to taste. Allow to stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally, at least 20 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition for each serving 316 calories, 9 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 18 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 399 mg sodium



1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)

1/2 cup walnuts

4 teaspoons red-wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons walnut oil

6 cups arugula

3 nectarines, thinly sliced

1. Combine olive oil, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, cumin, coriander and cayenne in small saucepan over medium heat; stir until dissolved. Mix in walnuts and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread nuts out on baking sheet to cool.

2. Whisk together remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, vinegar, mustard and walnut oil; toss with arugula and nectarines. Add cooled nuts and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition for each serving 168 calories, 3 g protein, 12 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 13 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 176 mg sodium