Farro and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

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Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-British chef whose vegetarian recipes are some of my favorites. With a strong focus on fresh, varied flavors, his dishes are always more that the sum of their parts.

If you’re not used to cooking with farro, give it a try, it’s an “old world grain” that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s […]

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Eleven Madison Park Granola

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There’s a wonderful restaurant nestled on the edge of Madison Square Park in Manhattan where I’m told you get to take home some delicious granola at the end of your meal. The restaurant is called Eleven Madison Park. I have eaten there several times for business, but the meals were years ago, when Danny Meyer […]

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Smooth and Creamy Polenta

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I had some extra medium-grind corn meal sitting in my cabinet and I didn’t feel like making another loaf of cornbread, so I decided to try polenta. I had some meat sauce on hand which served as a perfect topping.

Before trying this recipe, I had only ever cooked this sweet corn polenta, made from fresh […]

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Nonna Luna's Rice

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I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I usually have a 2-lb bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer. I get a bag every time I go to Costco. The shrimp come frozen, peeled and deveined. They still have the tail on them, and you can choose to cook with the tails on or without […]

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Quinoa and White Bean Burgers

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I know I’ve mentioned this several times before, but I LOVE Fine Cooking magazine. I receive a subscription every year for Christmas from my parents. I end up trying several recipes from each issue and I have many magazines on my cookbook shelf with dog eared pages, waiting for me to have time to try […]

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Broccoli, Cheddar and Wild Rice Casserole

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This winter we’re having in New York is seemingly endless. We’re approaching the end of March, and we’re expecting snow tonight. It’s crazy.

There are many nice things about cold weather, but one of my favorites is a nice, hearty, warm casserole. I made this a couple of days ago when it was quite cold outside. […]

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Asian Quinoa Salad

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There’s nothing like a good quinoa dish and this is one that’s quick enough to make on a weekday evening.  The part of the recipe that takes the longest is chopping the vegetables.  The quinoa itself cooks quickly, and you can whisk the dressing together in a flash.

I thought this was delicious.  I love Asian […]

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Risotto Stuffed Tomatoes

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This has become a weekly staple in our house since tomato season began in August. This makes a great side-dish, and can also stand on its own as a vegetarian main course. I love to eat one for lunch as a left-over. It’s just the right size to be filling enough, but not too much.

You […]

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Fresh Carrot Risotto

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Made this the other night for dinner. Although it takes 20+ minutes of standing at the stove and stirring, I thought it was well worth it. The risotto was delicious. Incredibly filling too.

Risotto is an Italian dish that’s usually served as a first course. It’s never a quick dish to make, as you have to […]

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Crispy Quinoa Sliders

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These are perfect for a meatless Monday dinner. You can serve these on buns just like you’d serve a hamburger, with all the classic condiments – lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc. You can also serve them as a side dish if you’re not having a meatless meal. I ate mine without a bun and with […]

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