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 sherry vinegar and cured chorizo on hand to add distinctive Spanish flavors.



3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

8 ounces angel hair pasta, broken into 2-inch pieces

2 cloves garlic, minced

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1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 link (1 1/2 ounces) chorizo, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped

4 ounces queso fresco or (fresh mozzarella), crumbled or cut into 1/4-inch pieces

1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the raw pasta and cook, tossing, until it is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet; add the garlic, green pepper and chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pepper is softened, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, broth and pasta; bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to medium and simmer, covered, 8 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the chickpeas and olives; remove from the heat.

3. Stir in the cheese and serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

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Nutritional analysis for each serving 501 calories, 19 g protein, 63 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 19 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 695 mg sodium



1/3 cup sliced almonds

1 small clove garlic, minced

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1/4 cup drained bottled roasted peppers

1 plum tomato

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)

1 1/2 pounds peeled large shrimp

1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Toast the almonds: Place them in a dry skillet over medium-high heat and cook, shaking the pan, until they are lightly golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate in a single layer to cool 5 minutes.

2. Combine almonds and garlic in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely minced. Add the peppers, tomato, vinegar, paprika and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and puree. Set aside.

3. Toss the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt with the red pepper flakes and shrimp.

4. Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium high. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook until no longer translucent, about 2 minutes on each side.

5. Serve the shrimp over a puddle of the sauce. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 183 calories, 21 g protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 9 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 1,214 mg sodium



1 3/4 pounds bone-in chicken thighs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup chopped onion

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 green bell pepper, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

1/2 cup canned tomato sauce

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 cup long grain rice

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1. Season the chicken with salt. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate.

2. Add the onion, garlic and red and green peppers and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and broth and bring to a boil; stir in the rice. Return the chicken to the pot and simmer, covered, until rice is cooked and the chicken reaches 170 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Stir in the parsley and serve. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 509 calories, 32 g protein, 47 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 20 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 573 mg sodium