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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Easy Wholegrain Pasta With Spinach Pesto

-+*This is one of those pasta dishes I throw together when I want something gorgeous and tasty and healthy, all in under 30 minutes. Gee, did I just make a Rachel Ray sound byte there? Oh well… you get the idea. This dish has a ton of healthy flavors packed into it: spinach, nuts (I…

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Mac ‘n’ Veggies

-+*Eating healthfully becomes ever so important when stress threatens to consume you. With Lucy’s surgery tomorrow, there is a confusion of questions running through our minds: are we doing the right thing? Will she learn to walk on three legs? What if she doesn’t? And the biggest one of all: how long after this will…

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