Search Results for: Pasta & risotto

Instant Pot Classic Marinara and Her Distant Cousins (a no-recipe recipe)

My kids gave me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. Both passionate cooks, they told me they couldn’t imagine life without the contraption. But, to be honest, I rolled my eyes when opening the box—the last thing I need is another kitchen gadget cluttering my counters. That’s until I spied a yogurt button on the panel. I can make … Full recipe post »

Turmeric Pasta with a Roasted Cauliflower-Lentil Ragu

Must pasta insist we default to basil and oregano when seasoning the accompanying sauce? Does Indian cuisine demand we pay homage to  proteins with basmati rice, potatoes or Naan? Break free the chains! Particularly now since Al Dente’s latest line of Piccola Pastas have hit market shelves to switch things up. My last post, Pastazanella, was  inspired by … Full recipe post »

Pasta Salad Preview: Pastazanella (First in a 3-part series)

You’ve heard of panzanella, right? That oh so delicious  salad celebrating tomatoes when they’re bursting on the vines–even more handy to have in your recipe repertoire  when you’ve a loaf of slightly stale Artisan bread that’s begging to be utilized? But what about Pastazanella? I just made a big batch, and I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of that. Pastazanella … Full recipe post »

Dinner Party to Welcome Spring

On Sunday’s journey back from Utah (an impromptu trip utilizing a free AMEX companion plane ticket), while poring over photographs taken hiking Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, I lamented that I forget to take my wide-angle lens. Still. I could never capture Ansel Adam‘s American West no matter how many strings of cameras I roped around … Full recipe post »

Fried Coconut Rice Balls with Shrimp and Bok Choy

Gong Hey Fat Choy! This Sunday night is Chinese New Year’s Eve, marking the beginning of the most important holiday for Chinese around the world. Though celebrations last about a week, traditionally it is a 15-day holiday during which drums and gongs are beaten, lanterns and firecrackers lit, and paper cutouts and calligraphy decorate doors. From … Full recipe post »

Lucca, Italy: Pasta with Roasted Chestnuts, Bacon & Fried Sage Leaves

Several months ago my long-time pal, Mara, told me she was leasing out her home in the fall, and simultaneously renting an apartment for herself and 13-year old twin daughters in Lucca, Italy. As long as she’s access to WIFI, she can conduct her business anywhere, so why not take advantage of our flattened world. … Full recipe post »

Insatiable Mac & Cheese

I’m a Gael Greene fan; I love her fashion sense (who wouldn’t admire that collection ofwide-brimmed hats) — and have always been interested in her food writing and restaurant critiques, especially since she was born and raised in Detroit, often mentioning the city in her work. Ms. Greene graduated from the University of Michigan and became … Full recipe post »

Buffalo Chicken and Pasta Casserole

One way to quieten me is by placing a plate of greasy, meaty Buffalo Chicken Wings, blue cheese dressing paired with celery sticks, and a jar of Franks Red Hot under my nose. You won’t hear a word until there’s a plate of bones by my side, and I don’t like sharing. Problem is, a … Full recipe post »

Corn & Tomato Farrosotto

Debbie Swartz is a wise person; I’m lucky she’s my friend. And — as all good and wise friends do — she helps me maintain a healthy perspective. If I bemoan, for instance, my inability to secure the button on the waistline of my favorite shorts after the previous night’s cherry pie pig-out, she cocks … Full recipe post »

Basil Pesto Shrimp and Pasta

Even the pickiest eaters, or those folks who steer clear of any dish that sounds “foreign”, enjoy this recipe. Perhaps because the name pesto has so morphed into American food nomenclature, some may not know it’s an Italian classic. Unfortunately much of what’s out there — little jars on grocery shelves, fast-food chains using the name to … Full recipe post »

Papparadelle Alfredo with Chicken & Broccoli (reduced-fat)

Coat weather’s history and sweater season’s vanishing, but – sadly – my winter gut remains. So I’ve been upping my crunches, pounding the pavement, and hitting the gym on a more consistent basis, sharing dumbbells with folks in the same “banish the jiggle” mode as myself. Literally. Cathy Banish, a good friend and fellow gym … Full recipe post »

Lemony Farro Risotto with Currants, Pine Nuts and Spinach

April is the cruelest of mistresses. Smelling of sweet hyacinth, she frolics into our lives in a golden glow of forsythia and daffodils. Falling captive to her spell, we remove our sweaters, basking in her warmth, only to have her demands of ransom when our guard is down. Mid-April is upon us and our taxes … Full recipe post »

Make-ahead Party Pesto Pasta & Chicken Salad

Judging from the smells of tanning lotion and outdoor grilling in the early Spring air, many of us are feeling celebratory and hosting parties. If you’re one of the “lucky” entertainers in town, it’s easy to get into a dither over the menu. Some folks don’t like tofu, others shun meat. Many find the idea … Full recipe post »

Linguini with Clam Sauce is a Rhapsody in Food

With the soul of the earth and scent of the sea, primal senses quicken when devouring a bowl of Linguini and Clam Sauce; few culinary classics, in fact, are such fun to eat. Spearing the mollusk and prying it from its shell, you thrust it into a tangle of pasta, twirling your fork to create … Full recipe post »

Hoisin-Orange Scallops over Rice Noodles & Edamame

At the advent of a New Year, I have the urge to organize and clean closets; out with the old, in with the new. I also feel compelled to use up half-filled condiments, those idle squatters taking up space in my refrigerator. This organizational urge dissipates as the year wears on, so I grab it by … Full recipe post »