In My Kitchen, April 2013

Spaghetti Gratin

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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Pappardelle With Creamy Butternut Sauce

Pasta With 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 and Onions

Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts

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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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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Vegan Slut’s Spaghetti

Pasta Puttanesca

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 with Barbeque Sauce

Pasta in Barbecue 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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Fennel Mania: Fennel-Crusted Potatoes And Orecchiette With Fennel Pesto

Fennel is one of those herbs that has always been used in my kitchen on a fairly regular basis. I toss the seeds into spice mixes or masalas where it helps build gorgeous flavor for curries, although it also loses its individual flair. But I was a stranger to the delicious fennel bulb with its… 

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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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