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Persimmon Carpaccio with Fennel Salad – Recipe

Persimmons are in season right now, and I love them. For those of you not intimately familiar with this fruit, the most important thing to know is that there are two general types: fuyu persimmons (which I use in this salad) are short and squat, resembling an orange tomato. They are eaten while still firm.

Hachiya …

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Cheddar and Apple Butter Panini with Rosemary Candied Pecans – Guest Recipe from Kathy Strahs of Panini Happy

I’m honored that Michael invited me to guest post on his beautiful blog. His recipes often inspire us to take dishes to that next level – work with a new ingredient, try a new technique, go a little beyond the everyday. When it comes to the recipes I blog about over at Panini Happy I …

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Farro and Chickpea Soup – Recipe

Things this soup will not do: Win any beauty contests.

Things this soup will do: Warm you to your core on a cold day. Nourish you. Fill your belly. Leave you with an abiding sense of contentment. Wash and fold your clothes.

This is a tradeoff I can live with.

I haven’t been completely sold on the farro …

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Spicy Caponata Panini – Recipe

Spicy Caponata Panini with Mama Lil's Pickled Peppers

I’ve been greatly enamored of Mama Lil’s peppers lately. If you haven’t had them, they are hot little pickled goathorn peppers packed in olive oil. They are made up here in Seattle so we see them on pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and even ice cream (kidding!).

Now I hope that sandwich looks enticing, because you’ll have …

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Tomato Sushi – Yes, That’s Vegetarian – Recipe

Depending on where you live, great tomatoes are probably coming online right about now. Once you have gorged yourself on an indecent quantity dressed with nothing but olive oil and salt, and the requisite insalata caprese, maybe you’ll be ready to think about manipulating them just a bit more.

One of my favorite games in the …

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Savory Bread Pudding with Morels and Beet Greens – Recipe

I wish you could smell this.

It is one of those dishes where you take a deep whiff of wild mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, and butter and you get a little bit dizzy for a second.

Regular, sweet bread puddings are rather hearty for dessert, so it isn’t a big stretch to reflect them onto the savory side of …

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Spicy Mama Lil’s Spaghetti alla Carbonara – Recipe

Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara with Mama Lil's Spicy Peppers

Spaghetti alla carbonara is one of those great Italian dishes that comes with multiple-choice apocryphal explanations for the name. Possibly it is in the style favored by a group of charcoal makers, or coal miners, or maybe it was named after the charcoal burner it was cooked on. In any case, the traditional version is …

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