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Rigatoni with Roasted Cauliflower and Spicy Tomato Sauce – Recipe

Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Sauce

I‘ve had rigatoni on the brain recently. KitchenAid was kind enough to send me this pasta-extruder attachment for review and I had in mind to use it to make saffron rigatoni and then serve it with cauliflower in several textures. Unfortunately, the day got away from me and I had to settle for a simpler dish …

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Rye Piroshki with Roasted Onions, Caraway, and Swiss Cheese – Recipe

Rye Piroshky with Roasted Onions and Swiss Cheese

Piroshki (not to be confused with pierogi) are individual yeast buns that are popular in Russia and all over Eastern Europe. They can be filled with anything from potatoes and cabbage to cottage cheese and jam. In Seattle, we have a shop called Piroshky Piroshky that does a really nice job with them. I used …

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Thai Basil Eggplant – Recipe

Thai Basil Eggplant

The Thai basil situation can be a bit confusing. The herb known specifically as Thai basil, which is what I’ve used in this dish, has purplish stems and green leaves. There is another, significantly different herb called holy basil that is also much loved in Thailand, and it has purple leaves and is incredibly aromatic. …

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Orecchiette with Garlic Scapes, Ricotta, and Gremolata – Recipe

Orecchiette with Garlic Scapes, Ricotta, and Gremolata

Unlike tender green garlic, garlic scapes are the firmer central flowering stem of the garlic plant. When fully cooked, they have a texture similar to asparagus, and a sweet flavor like slow-roasted garlic. In the past I’ve made the mistake of not trimming off enough of the hardest part and/or not cooking them fully, and …

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Insalata Caprese With Heirloom Tomatoes – The Greatest Salad Of All – Recipe

Insalata caprese with Purple Cherokee heirloom tomatoes

All year I look forward to the brief period when the tomatoes are good enough to eat insalata caprese several times a week.

Because it is made with only 5 ingredients, and you don’t cook them, the greatness is completely determined by their quality. This calls for the finest, …

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Saffron Chickpea Stew with Grilled Porcini Mushrooms – Recipe

Grilled Porcini with Chickpea Stew

First of all, let me say that this stew is well worth making even if you can’t find fresh porcini mushrooms. I can only get them in Seattle for a few weeks a year, and they are quite expensive. You could serve the same stew with morels or crimini mushrooms (either of which you would …

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How to Make Tofu Really Freaking Delicious – Tofu 101

Crispy Pan Fried Tofu

When I talk with folks about meatless meals, the conversation always comes around to tofu. I find people in two camps: (1) those who hate it and are sure it is always bland (2) those who want to like it, but aren’t really sure how to work with it to make it delicious.

I’m here to …

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