Asparagus Pesto (7 of 7)

Asparagus Pesto

It’s only the middle of April but we’re deep into asparagus season around here. For the past month, our weekly CSA box has included a bundle of the elusive green stalks. The first week, I roasted it with just oil and salt and the second week I did the same. But I don’t particularly enjoy…

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Caesar Piadina (7 of 10)

Caesar Piadina

The chain restaurant I worked at in high school had a secret menu. It wasn’t like the In-N-Out secret menu which everyone kind of knows about. We didn’t publicize it or even publish it anywhere. But if you wanted an “old” menu item, it was probably still on our point-of-sale software and we could get…

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Soup Au Pistou (7 of 10)

Soup au Pistou

Why is it that baking gets all the credit for making a house feel homey? I know the old idea that you should have something baking in the oven, cookies or fresh bread, to welcome guests to your home. But when did those things win the prize for most comforting? Why can’t it be soup?…

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French Onion Soup

The other morning we woke up to a fog advisory in San Francisco. Fog, so thick we needed the news to tell us it was unsafe on the roads. Hemmed in on all sides by fog there was really only one thing to do – make soup. The rich savory kind that drives away the…

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Meatballs

Up until a year ago, I was getting a few pounds of ground meat a month through our monthly meat CSA which means I needed something to do with a few pounds of ground meat. What I did was spend a lot of time making meatballs. There are no Italian grandmothers in my past and…

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Mushroom Onion Casserole

I’m not a huge fan of the word ‘casserole.’ It always brings to my mind something a little gloopy that’s made mostly with boxes and cans and almost no fresh ingredients. Those things can be surprisingly delicious (a friend brought an excellent green bean casserole to Thanksgiving last year) but I’m often a little skeeved…

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Tomato and Corn Salad

Sometimes I need to shake things up. I need to make things differently. I need to fix things that don’t actually need fixing. That’s how I got to this corn and tomato salad. It was inspired by one of my favorite recipes, one I’ve been making since Gourmet published the recipe in August of 2009….

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