Lime Orzo

Lime Orzo with Bell Peppers

-+*Gorging on all that sweet stuff around the holidays makes me really hungry for some good, clean, simple food. Like this Lime Orzo with Green Peppers which I put together in a few minutes one recent night. Orzo is a popular pasta around our house, partly, I imagine, because it reminds the rice-loving Desi of…

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pasta with bean ragout

Pasta with Bean Ragout

-+*I have for you today this delicious Pasta with Bean Ragout. With whole-wheat fettuccine. And two kinds of beans. And greens, and carrots, and tomatoes. Can it possibly get any better than that? If you are looking for a weeknight dish that cooks up in a hurry and also makes a convenient brown bag lunch…

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Creamy Pumpkin Spinach Lasagna

Lasagna for Two…or Four

-+*This Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagna is just about the perfect meal if you love creamy pastas that melt in your mouth and seem way more indulgent than they actually are. And if you hate baking up those full-size lasagnas that take forever to make and then last forever and a week. I made this lasagna…

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Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo with Mushrooms

-+*Everyone I know loves Fettuccine Alfredo, but no one I know will actually eat it. If you know about this sumptuous Italian dish, you know exactly what I mean. Creamy and velvety, this Italian classic flavored subtly by butter and cream and cheese screams “eat me” to one’s inner gourmet and gourmand. But, as you…

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Spaghetti Gratin

In My Kitchen, April 2013

-+*What’s in my kitchen this month? This Spaghetti Gratin with Artichoke Cashew Cheese. But first, what else is in my kitchen? I turned an interested eye to the most used room in my home after reading Nupur’s post which in turn was inspired by a meme hosted each month by Celia of the blog Fig…

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Roasted Vegetables with Fennel Vinaigrette

-+*As delicious as fennel is, I am always hoping to create recipes that will do its unique flavor full justice, like my Fennel Crusted Potatoes and Pasta with Fennel Pesto. This past week, trying to do something wonderful with a couple of beautiful bulbs of fennel, I put together this quick, very simple, but very…

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Whole-Wheat Focaccia

Whole Wheat Focaccia

-+*After making the best focaccia ever, I was a little obsessed with the idea of making a whole-wheat focaccia that was just as good, or even better. But with all that was going on, it took me until now to actually make it. Boy, was it worth the wait! My Whole Wheat Focaccia is not…

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Pasta With Butternut Sauce

Pappardelle With Creamy Butternut Sauce

-+*I made this sauce in my head on the way home from work last night. I was feeling sick as a dog and I knew there was nothing in the refrigerator that I could reasonably disguise as dinner. Takeout could be an option, but salty, greasy food is not exactly a good choice when one…

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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts

Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Onions

-+*I am always on the lookout for easy and nutritious weeknight recipes that can do double duty as unfussy brown-bag lunches. And you can’t beat today’s recipe on both counts. I came across this recipe in the Washington Post, and I didn’t really have to do anything to veganize it– the writer suggests butter (easily…

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Comfort Pasta: Conchiglie With Potatoes, "Meatballs" and Spinach

-+*Quick, think of a dish more comforting than a big plate of pasta with chunky meatballs, golden potatoes and crunchy, verdant spinach, all of it shot through with the husky scent of rosemary. You couldn’t, could you, because your brain was busy working up a craving for all that goodness I conjured up for you….

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Focaccia

Best. Focaccia. Ever.

-+*I was planning an Italian dinner for my friend Margo and her family recently and I wanted to bake a bread that would appeal to her son Danny who’s as picky as any four-year-old can be. I pondered my Rustic Tuscan Loaf and my Whole-Wheat Ciabatta, but I wasn’t quite sure that these fantastic but…

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Whole-Wheat Sourdough Ciabatta

Whole-Wheat Sourdough Ciabatta

-+*Latest in my adventures in baking with sourdough is this crusty, healthy Whole-Wheat Ciabatta. It is, quite simply, as good as bread can get. Ciabatta, as you know, is my favorite Italian bread. Its crackling crust, soft texture with those large, airy holes, and delicious, slow-developed flavor are to die for. But so far I’ve…

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Conchiglie Pasta With Kale Pesto

-+*I’m back after almost a month and if it’s any comfort, I’ve missed you just as much as you’ve missed me. Part of the reason for my absence was that Desi and I were traveling. We flew up to the west coast and then made our way from San Francisco up through Portland, Seattle and…

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Pappardelle Pasta With Roasted Tomato Chipotle Sauce

-+*It’s Christmas Eve and the neighborhood is looking really pretty. Yards are draped with multicolored lights and inside windows you can catch glimpses of ornamented Christmas trees. It’s all quite picture-perfect except at the malls, I’m sure, where it’s a mad rush and you won’t catch me within a mile of those during this season…

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