Category Archives: Entrées

RUSTIC MUSHROOM TART with BRAISED VEGETABLES

Come fall, I crave mushrooms. Read enough cooking magazines, and one can’t help but associate mushrooms, optimistically or vicariously, with professional foragers who supply The French Laundry and its ilk. Nice work if you can get it. But I’ve previously stated that, … Continue reading

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MEATLESS MONDAY: A SIMPLE SUMMER SUPPER

  For the last couple of summers, I get very nostalgic for Italy around this time. The daughter had spent most of the summer at an international dance workshop in Florence. I flew over towards its end to see her … Continue reading

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR MANY SOULS

Chicken noodle soup? In the summer? Really? Am I pretty close to what you’re thinking? Well, as with most things in life, there’s a story to it. When the world is an unsettled, unsettling place, I cook. Airplanes fall out of … Continue reading

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BASTILLE DAY: QUICHE!

  I can think of few things more classically French than a quiche. And Quiche Lorraine at that. You know, bacon, eggs, cream, all in a tender pastry shell. In the 16th century, it was prepared in a brioche crust … Continue reading

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: SEARED AHI TUNA SALAD

  I know, by the calendar it’s Friday. But my workweek being what it is, this is technically my Thursday. So it’s still a school night. Confused? So am I. I’ve been out of town on business for a couple … Continue reading

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: FETTUCCINE ALL’AGLIONE

  There are abundant variations on this pasta sauce, but the two ingredients on which all agree is garlic (aglio in Italian, with a silent “g”) and plenty of it, and don’t stint on the red pepper flakes. Beyond that, … Continue reading

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: ORECHIETTE WITH FRESH PEAS, LEMON, AND GREEK YOGURT

  When we were a young family, I raised a great garden every summer in Northern California. One of the crops was peas. If you’ve never grown peas, you have not experienced abundance. Think rabbits. Literally. The peas grew faster and … Continue reading

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: MELANZANA MARINARA

Isn’t she beautiful! All right, so her hat sits a bit crookedly. Big deal. She’s plump yet firm in all the right places, and the sheen of her skin is downright dazzling. And she only cost a dollar and eighty-nine … Continue reading

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ASIAN-STYLE BRAISED VEGETABLES

It began with a left-over half-head of cauliflower. After teasing us with a couple of weeks of sun and temperatures that flirted with 60, our weather has turned cold and snowy. Again. But I’ve had my fill of being cooped up … Continue reading

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LEMONY BROCOLI & CAULIFLOWER WITH PASTA THAT STRANGLED A PRIEST

Just this morning a friend on the other side of the country and I had an anger-management confession-fest via phone. Their winter has been the mirror-image of ours, and both would drive a saint into a lather. I spent last … Continue reading

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