Pappardelle Pasta with Green Peppers and Asparagus Frittata

Pappardelle can lift an ordinary pasta meal right up into the extraordinary.These flat, broad ribbons are a wonderful base for holding on to chunky sauces, which, I thought, would make it a perfect fit for this dish. If you cannot find papardelle, use tagliatelle, which are also flat but less wide, … [Read more...]

Whole-Wheat Gnocchi with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Homemade Gnocchi with Sundried Tomato Sauce

We all love pasta, don't we? It's one of the easiest meals to fix on a hurried weeknight. Boil a box of pasta, whip up a quick tomato sauce, fix a salad, and you have a meal that's not only quite healthy but delicious and sure to please. But fresh pasta is an even more sublime experience. The … [Read more...]

Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

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Pasta is a lifesaver on busy weeknights, and when I want to make it just a little more special without any extra effort, I mix up a pesto sauce. I like playing around with pesto, a lot. I make it with all kinds of herbs and leafies, including spinach, cilantro, and mint, and sometimes even with … [Read more...]

Pasta with Edamame Pesto

Edamame Pesto

Two foods I long ago fell in love with - irrevocably- are pesto and hummus. I play around a lot with each, and usually just a slight tweak of ingredients throws up new and delightful flavors. And then there is edamame. The crunchy soybean is so delicious, so versatile and so pretty, I am always … [Read more...]

Mushroom Barley Risotto

Mushroom Barley Risotto

Risotto is a labor of love. Cooking rice, in my kitchen, usually means bunging it into a pressure cooker or a saucepan with liquid and letting it steam away all by itself for a few minutes until it emerges all cooked and ready to eat.But a risotto, while not really difficult, can take an hour to … [Read more...]