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Tagged With: basil

Favorite Fall Recipes

While we are in the midst of trying to sell the apartment, I’ve been falling back on old favorites. Last night, I made a version of this Puglian specialty, orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausageĀ and every time I make it, it brings me back to a night in southern Puglia. The meatiness of the sausage … Continue reading »

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No-cook or Quick-cooking Dinner for Hot Weather

We have been having a long heat wave here in NY, and I can’t quite bring myself to heat up the kitchen again until it breaks. I’m thinking about some no-cook or quick-cooking meals, and of course, the first thing I think of is salad. I love a beautiful caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and … Continue reading »

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Capellini with Tomato and Basil

Capellini (angel hair) is not used very often because it quickly becomes a gluey mess. The trick is to pull it directly out of the pot into this olive oil sauce and toss. I only use it in situations like this with a fresh, uncooked sauce because you don’t want to be messing around with … Continue reading »

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Lentil Meatballs with Lemon Pesto

I have a lot of meatballs on here by now: classic spaghetti and meatballs, tuna meatballs, and chicken meatballs, and I thought it was time for vegetarian meatballs. These were inspired by a couple different recipes I saw across the blogosphere and they disappeared so quickly that I will have to make them again. They’re … Continue reading »

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Caprese Salad

I love tomato season– nothing makes me happier at the store than to find tomatoes that smell like they are just off the vine. It’s a rare thing, but unless you can smell them, you won’t taste much. I’ve been spoiled though, because my dad grew tomatoes and basil at home. They’re always best right … Continue reading »

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Spicy Pasta with Crab

After the crab cakes a couple days ago, I moved on to a pasta recipe with the crab meat in the fridge. I saw Mario Batali make a version of this on The Chew and everyone was raving about it, so naturally I had to try it. His version included a habanero chili as well, … Continue reading »

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Tagliatelle with Cabbage, Shrimp, and Pecorino

Ok, I know this doesn’t sound like something you’re going to go right out any make, but I truly urge you to try it. It’s such a perfect, delicious, surprising pasta and it’s one of my favorites. They make a similar dish at one of my favorite NYC restaurants, Celeste, and I had to try … Continue reading »

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Mushroom Lasagna

I love making lasagna when I’m going to have people over because I can hang out with people instead of standing over the stove the whole night. It’s also just great comfort food, and it makes me feel better whenever I’m a little down (almost as much as a delicious grilled cheese, especially when it’s … Continue reading »

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Avocado Pesto

I won a box of avocados from Serious Eats a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been working on some recipes with them. This avocado pesto worked well with this whole wheat fresh pasta, and also as a topping for some deliciously sweet scallops from the farmers market. The avocado gives it a creaminess and richness … Continue reading »

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Roasted Carrot and Butternut Squash Lasagna

I can’t decide what kind of lasagna I like best. I love the traditional meat one as well as my favorite mushroom lasagna. I also make one with veggies that’s pretty delicious. This one is definitely up there. It’s a little sweet, a little salty. Perfect for the first real week of fall. We’re starting … Continue reading »

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