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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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

The cold chill of winter is not without its warm comforts: fuzzy slippers, the glow of the holidays, friends and family, cookies hot from the oven…and Butternut Squash Risotto infused with the woodsy fragrance of sage. It is hard to ignore winter squash in the market this time of year. There they sit, yellow butternut,…

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Caramelized Onion Tart

Caramelized Onion Tart with Olives

Holy Cow! is four — a grand old lady in Internet years– and to celebrate I have for you a savory, elegant treat: this golden Caramelized Onion Tart. But first I want to say a big thank you to all of you– my wonderful, intelligent, passionate readers — who have stuck with Holy Cow! through…

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Ciabatta Bread

Quick Ciabatta

Ciabatta is my favorite Italian bread, but it is not always the easiest and quickest bread to make, even for a seasoned baker. The dough is rather wet and sticky and can seem impossible to work with when you’re new to the process, but that wet stickiness is also vital to the light, bubbly, airy…

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Summer’s End Pesto

Summer’s End Pesto is my culinary au revoir to the lovely months of sunshine and gardening that must inevitably end as fall begins its slow creep over the northeastern United States. By early October most of my vegetable plants have stopped producing but the herbs are usually still in form, especially the hardy perennials like…

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Vegan Calzones

Vegan Kheema-Stuffed Naan-Calzones

I think people who don’t like pizzas are a little weird. No, a lot weird. Especially when they are married to me. Yes, Desi– my Desi– is not a lover of the almighty pizza pie. Sure, he will eat it quietly when we order in a pizza, or when I make one at home, but…

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Pasta Puttanesca

Vegan Slut’s Spaghetti

There is perhaps no pasta dish that teases and titillates a vegan cook’s imagination as maddeningly as Pasta Puttanesca.  Brazen and vibrant, this Italian classic, which literally translates to whore’s pasta, appears at once attainable (all but one ingredient is vegan) and forbidding (darn those anchovies!). Italian lore has it that Pasta Puttanesca was thus…

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Pasta in Barbecue Sauce

Pasta with Barbeque Sauce

This recipe would likely make an Italian chef clasp their chest with both hands and yell “Blasphemy!” or whatever the word is for that in Italian, but here’s what I say: Counter-intuitive cooking, just like counter-intuitive anything, often ends up being the most fun. And who says there have to be any rules in the…

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Pasta with Chipotle Cashew Cream

Pasta with Chipotle Cashew Cream

It feels like winter here right now, but the daffodils and hyacinths and tulips pushing their way out of the earth are beautiful reminders that spring is here, and it’s nearly time to plant that vegetable garden. This year, in addition to the usual staples like eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes, I hope to plant…

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Fettuccine with Olive Oil and Garlic

Fettuccine with Olive Oil and Garlic

This is one of my favorite ways to eat pasta, especially ribbony ones like fettuccine and pappardelle. And it’s also one of the easiest ways to make it. I first ate this utterly simple but surprisingly flavorful pasta at the home of one of Desi’s colleagues who had invited us to dinner. I had never…

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