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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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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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Molly Moon’s Ice Cream – Seattle, WA – Review

Coffee ice cream with vanilla-bean caramel sauce at Molly Moon’s in Seattle

Anyone who has spent time in the Midwest or on the East Coast will agree, Seattle is not a great ice cream town. So when I heard that Molly Moons in Wallingford was making the good stuff on site with mostly organic ingredients and …

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Gobi Masala (Cauliflower Curry) – Recipe

Cauliflower curry (gobi masala) is a great Indian dish to have in your back pocket, because once you know the basic method you can knock it out quickly, varying the spicing to suit your mood and your guests. (You shouldn’t actually keep it in your back pocket though, the turmeric causes terrible stains.)

My version of …

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Fruit Salad

I don’t remember exactly what got me on the idea of reimagining fruit salad, but like a culinary earworm, I couldn’t get it out of my head for a few days. I kept daydreaming about possible components, and picking up a few inspirations when I visited the co-op. I knew that I wanted everything on …

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Chickpea, Spinach and Tomato Soup – Recipe

This soup was pure improvisation. I'd allowed the vegetable drawer to go almost completely empty, and needed to feed seven folks for dinner with no time to shop. The weather is still cool here, so a warm, belly filling soup sounded right. I put a full pound of chickpeas in the pressure cooker, figuring that …

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