All posts tagged “pasta

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Pipe Rigate with Broccoli and Capers

Most people know, but few believe, that I was a vegetarian for 11 years. I have no regrets. What started as an act of pre-adolescent self-rightiousness turned into a decade-long stint. It left me with a deep appreciation of weird, gnarled tubers and difficult squash,… Read More

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Very Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Let’s try this again. After my brothers poo-pooed my mac and cheese last year, I tried another version this year for the holidays. This time I only used pre-shredded Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Parmesan — nixing the fancy schmancy Gruyère and smoked mozzerella that are… Read More

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Macaroni and Cheese

Home for the holidays a few years ago, I decided to make macaroni and cheese from scratch: roux, béchamel, freshly-grated nutmeg, 5 kinds of cheeses (smoked and unsmoked), 3 different pasta shapes, bread crumbs, the whole shebang. The reception? After poking the golden pile and… Read More

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

In general, the restaurants that are nearest and dearest to my heart are the one’s that are the least complicated. Just straightforward, quality food. Beautifully sourced and expertly prepared. No foams, no fuss. For this reason, I have always been a big fan of Frankies Spuntino.… Read More

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Penne with Roasted Chicken and Parsley

I have never liked the term “leftovers.” To me, “leftovers” imply scraps. Superfluous remnants, really. Unwanted and unused remainders. Surplus. But what remains after one dinner can be the start of the glorious next — sometimes a meal even more treasured than the former. This… Read More

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