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Pasta With Eggplant And Fresh Tomatoes – Recipe

Pasta with eggplant and fresh tomatoes, in homage to Norma

Yep, it is summer and the whole deal is to do as little to the beautiful ingredients as possible. This dish is kind of a reinterpreted Pasta alla Norma, a classic Sicilian dish. By reinterpreted I mean: I didn’t have ricotta salata, and I wanted to …

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King Oyster Mushrooms With Pesto, Grilled Polenta, and White Beans

When I saw “French Horn Mushrooms” at Whole Foods (for $19.99/lb), I thought they looked awfully familiar. In fact I would have sworn they were the same as the “King Oyster Mushrooms” for sale at $6-8/lb at our local Asian groceries. Sure enough, either one is . (Click over to see what they look like …

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Vegetarian Paella With Artichokes And Green Beans – Recipe

Vegetarian Paella With Artichokes And Green Beans

I know, when you think paella, you think seafood paella. But the real main event is beautifully cooked, tomato and saffron infused short-grain rice with a caramelized crust (socarrat) on the bottom. Add a few baby artichokes, green beans, and garlic and you’ve got a terrific vegetarian paella.

We …

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Tofu In The Style Of Southeast Asian Steamed Fish (Vegetarian)

The tofu all seasoned and ready for wrapping

Imagine opening a present at the table, and being greeted with a rush of aromatic steam full of lemongrass and ginger that makes you close your eyes with pleasure.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% happy and proud to be vegetarian. I’m also an obsessive eater and cook. …

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Garlic Scape, Ricotta and Zatar Pizza

I always look for garlic scapes at the farmer’s market this time of year. Apparently I’m not alone. Lots of bloggers have used them lately, including Danielle at Habeas Brulee (scape tartlets), Derrick at SFist (sauteed with favas and fingerlings), and Chip at Cookthink (with a running scape tally).

What is a garlic scape? It is …

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My Spuddy Valentine

My Spuddy Valentine

Apparently Cafe Flora has a knack for romantic vegetables. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Joey found this russet that is all heart. Sadly, right after the photo op, it ended up as a mashed potato. But as we say in the kitchen, it ain’t the heat, it’s the cupidity.

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Recipe: Spaghetti with Fresh Artichokes ala Pink Door (Spaghetti con Carciofi “Porta Rosa”)

Sarina and I were so in love with the Spaghetti with Fresh Artichokes we had last week at The Pink Door, I wanted to recreate it at home. I got reasonably close for a first try. This is a pretty simple dish, but requires a bit of prep time for the artichokes, and the technique …

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