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Mushroom Risotto with Asparagus and Fava Beans – Recipe, Including Pressure Cooker Variation

This risotto packs a powerful mushroom intensity. I finely chop a whole pound of mushrooms in a food processor, then saute them in olive oil until they give up all of their liquid and develop deep flavor. This is similar to the French method for mushroom Then the mushrooms are cooked along with the rice. …

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Artichaut Marinières – Artichokes Cooked in White Wine and Garlic – Recipe

I found these stunning dark purple baby artichokes at Pike Place Market, and their appearance reminded me of mussels, which got me thinking of the bowls of that I see folks eating at French restaurants. I figured the artichokes would gladly give themselves over to the same treatment: a steaming bath of white wine …

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Indian Lentil Soup with Fenugreek (Methi Dal) – Guest Post Recipe

Today I want to bring you a recipe from my friend Sala Kannan, who writes the wonderful Veggie Belly. I think Sala has a great looking blog, with delicious vegetarian recipes that reflect a global sensibility. Her recent post on how to make the perfect dosa and idli at home blew my mind. I invited …

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Bucatini with Smoked Asparagus and Gorgonzola – Recipe

Roy Finamore, one of the editors for my book, had a few questions about the method for smoking the asparagus in this recipe, so I figured I’d take the opportunity to make that component again and use it in a different dish. I thought it would be fun to cut the asparagus lengthwise, so it mimicked …

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Zucchini and Chickpea Tagine – Recipe

Zucchini and Chickpea Tagine

The name of this recipe is misleading. A tagine is the Moroccan clay pot with a conical lid, typically used for slow-braised stews, as well as the dishes cooked in those beautiful vessels. However, there is nothing in this particular dish that really needs a long braise, so it is quite feasible to make it …

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Pan-Fried Gnocchi with Radicchio, Leeks and Ricotta Salata – Vegetarian Recipe

When I worked at Cafe Flora, we had gnocchi on the menu for a few months, so I had the opportunity to make, oh, a thousand of them by hand most days. Knocking out a few servings for my family seems like a walk in the park by comparison – and it really is easy …

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Warm Grapes, Toasted Pita Bread and Ricotta Salata – Recipe

I’m not sure whether to describe this dish as a salad, an appetizer, or a side dish. Whatever you call it, the combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and juicy, herbaceous and spicy is exciting and a little unusual. You could serve this as part of a meze, or an accompaniment to anything grilled in …

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