10 Fall Favorites

October 11, 2012

October’s arrival sees us dusting off the jars of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for autumn baking and the return of warm bowls of soup or stew to wrap cold hands around. Here are 10 of our fall favorites. Bacon and butterbean chowder Pappardelle with butternut squash, blue cheese and pine nuts Cider-brined pork chops with apples […]

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Crispy Lamb and Mint Rolls

October 4, 2012

My sushi-eating, blue cheese-loving kids have become picky eaters and my son smothers everything in ketchup. Over the summer, my heart sank a little further every night at dinnertime, when no matter what I put in front of the kids, it seemed to always be met with a yuck or eww (though at least I’ve […]

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Nigella Lawson’s Store Cupboard Chocolate Raspberry Cake

September 20, 2012

Cookbook writers and TV chefs are always talking about dishes to serve when unexpected guests pop in or if you’re having friends round for a midweek dinner party. Seriously? Who on earth has a dinner party in the middle of the week? And who calls in unannounced and expects to have some little treat fresh […]

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Vegetable Biryani

September 14, 2012

When I dine out, I almost always order the dish that I can’t make (think soufflé) or one that is too labor intensive to make at home. Invariably, that means a mole sauce at a Mexican restaurant, sushi at our favorite Japanese place, or biryani when we’re eating Indian. For those not familiar with biryani, […]

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Canning Tomatoes and Pickled Green Beans

August 28, 2012

In celebration of our three year blogging anniversary (congratulations to us!) I’m making an exception to our normal dinner menu/recipe format in order to encourage you all to try canning or preserving during this produce-abundant time of year. Over the last few years, really since having kids, I’ve been trying to move towards more local, sustainable, […]

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Five Favorite Zucchini Recipes

August 23, 2012

They’re coming, they’re on us, the long striped gourds, the silky babies, the hairy adolescents, the lumpy vast adults like the trunks of green elephants. Recite fifty zucchini recipes! — from “Attack of the Squash People” by Marge Piercy It’s that time of year when gardeners are groaning under a zucchini glut, leaving them on doorsteps or […]

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Spaghetti with Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Chili and Basil

August 16, 2012

Remember physically cutting recipes out of newspapers and magazines or writing them by hand onto recipe cards, to be filed away into boxes or binders? I was cleaning out my kitchen recently and found two big binders full of recipe clippings, shoved out of reach at the back of a cabinet, that I had completely […]

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Five Favorite Pestos

August 8, 2012

There are few better — and simpler — summer dishes than fresh homemade pesto. Here are five of our favorites from the archives. Pesto Trapanese Red pepper and toasted almond pesto Spaghetti alla Genovese Walnut kale pesto Roast cod with pesto, chorizo and cherry tomatoes

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