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Trofie with Pesto, Potatoes and Green Beans

In my family, if a dish has pasta, potatoes or croutons, you’re guaranteed a hit. Italians have a gift for combining their starches (Potato Pizza!) and Pasta with Pesto, Green Beans and Potatoes does it all right. [ more ]

Filed in: Pasta, Vegetables, Vegetarian Pasta


Spice mixes are one of the easiest ways to add interest to your “same old, same old” meats, veggies and grains.  They’re available in most conventional grocery and specialty food stores.  Spice mixes are also very easy to make. Most often I use dried, whole spices, which I toast as a first step to bring… [ more ]

Filed in: Condiments and Spice Mixes, Fruit, Sweets

Baked Rice with Currants and Chickpeas

This dish is the ultimate middle child – it gets along with everyone and even travels well.  It pairs perfectly as a side with all types of meat dishes and is hearty enough to stand on its own as a vegetarian main dish.  It is delicious at a variety of temperatures as well as a… [ more ]

Filed in: Grains and Legumes

Kachumber Cooler

Nothing marks the arrival of summer like a Gin and Tonic. Refreshing to the palate and simple to put together with a handful of pantry staples, GandT’s are my summer go-to cocktail. A number of summers ago, I was lucky to dine at Tabla, the esteemed modern Indian restaurant in Manhattan with a fabulous cocktail… [ more ]

Filed in: Beverages, Cocktails, Syrups and Bitters

David’s Mac & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese has always been a guaranteed “silent meal” in my house. No complaining, no whining, just that initial burst of silence after the first bite, gradually turning into happy conversation as the plates begin to empty. I thought I had it down – just cheesy enough with a great balance of textures and flavors. I… [ more ]

Filed in: Vegetarian Entrees, Vegetarian Pasta