Farro with Chanterelles, Apples, Apples and Apples

Farro, chanterelles, and King apples

Chanterelle mushrooms are one of those magical ingredients which speak of fall, like asparagus in spring, or tomatoes in late summer. Sauteed, they pack a ton of flavor and there really is no substitute. My friend Will recently gave me a few beautiful King apples from his tree, and immediately I …

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What’s In My Pantry Part 1 – “Quick Reach” Liquids

I thought it might be fun to do an occasional post of what I've got stashed away in different parts of the kitchen.

This first batch are the items I keep right on the counter, for sauteeing, deglazing, making quick sauces, and adding little hits of flavor. I put the Frantoia in the middle because …

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Pumpkin Ravioli With Broth And Beans

Pumpkin ravioli with a simple vegetable broth and white beans

I made these pumpkin-filled ravioli after reading Paul Bertolli’s astounding Cooking By Hand (which I reviewed last week). I made so many that I ended up freezing half and eating them three times. The first time, we ate them with a simple brown butter sauce and …

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Cooking By Hand, by Paul Bertolli – Cookbook Review

Have you ever been at a party and started talking about, say, your new-found appreciation of painting, only to find out that the conversation partner who has been politely humoring you is the curator of the Met? That’s a little bit how I felt reading Paul Bertolli’s Cooking by Hand, which I learned about from …

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“Lobster Mushroom” Spaghetti – Recipe

Spaghetti with lobster mushroom

I found this enormous lobster mushroom at our neighborhood co-op last week. You can see it in the picture at the bottom, next to my 8" chefs knife. It had "ears" but they broke off. The whole thing weighed just over a pound! That’s a big parasitic ascomycete. A say what? Well …

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Peeled Cherry Tomato Salad With Pan Fried Goat Cheese

Peeled cherry tomatoes are the star of this show

Ever since I read Shuna’s post about peeling cherry tomatoes, the idea has been lodged in my mind, like a song you just have to sing to forget. Ok, specifically, it was this line:

It takes a certain amount of talent to make cherry tomatoes sound ribald! But …

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Recipe: Pappardelle With Cauliflower and Zucchini

Pappardelle With Cauliflower and Zucchini

I find it fascinating how different types of Italian pasta seem to want different sauces. I don’t know how much of that is from their inherent properties or just repetitive association. I guess that is a nature vs. nurture question. Were these noodles born loving butter or did their momma teach …

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