Category Archives: Pastas

COOKING AHEAD: FIRST NIGHT IN FLORENCE SPAGHETTI REIMAGINED

I’m trying, I really am, to be better about taking lunch to work with me. I know, it sounds strange – I work in a hotel kitchen, and could certainly have lunch on any given day from banquet leftovers. But … 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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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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PANTRY DINNER: TORTELLINI SOUP

I am so over comfort foods. They’ve been working hard to try to keep me happy since early November. Which was all very well and good in the early months. But five months in, I’m weary of soups and stews. … Continue reading

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: PASTA WITH ROASTED PUMPKIN

Late one afternoon I needed to roast a small pumpkin to use in a batch of bread I’ll be making tomorrow.  The recipe suggests using a sugar pie pumpkin, an heirloom variety with deeply orange flesh and a naturally sweet … Continue reading

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