Rustic Tuscan Bread

Tuscan Bread

This classic bread from Tuscany, which requires three rises, including one rather long rise, is a labor of love. But as with all things you love, it is well worth the labor. One distinctive feature of this bread is that it is saltless, which makes it ideal for dunking into flavorful sauces like, … [Read more...]

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...]