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Pasta & Grains

Asparagus is finally here.   This is very good news.  It’s good news for a number of reasons and this dish is one of them.  Talley found it a few years ago on 101 Cookbooks when we were in a hurry for something filling, healthy and quick.  Now it’s a recipe that we go to […]

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Here is everything we know about gnocchi: 1) Gnocchi is Italian for “lump.” 2) Gnocchi has been around for hundreds of years, about 700 actually. It was around in the 1300s, approximately 300 years before the potato even showed its face in Italy. Back then, they were really just little dumplings made from flour or […]

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This farro soup recipe is a moving target for us.  We’ve made it so many times that we don’t really remember what the original was like, we only know that we always like it.  Talley’s mom started making it too and has tailored it to her taste; now we’re getting tips from her.  This time […]

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This post is for “Nancy O”, who spied pictures of our Beef Stroganoff on flickr and asked if we’d be posting it soon. It’s certainly a good time for this dish, at least here in Seattle where temperatures have been dipping into the 20s and even the teens. I made this last week when we […]

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It was a minor revelation when I first realized that risotto could be considered more than just a dish made with Arborio or Carnaroli rice. Instead, it became a method or a technique that could be applied to any dried ingredient that cooks in liquid for a while, such as pasta, orzo, or in this […]

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We are continuing to work our way through our crop of monster zucchinis. One of the ideas we mentioned last week was to make a lasagna where zucchini took the place of the pasta. This week we got around to trying it. Now, I love pasta–a lot–so the idea of a lasagna without the pasta […]

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Jerry Traunfeld, acclaimed herb guru and chef formerly of The Herbfarm in Woodinville, and now of Poppy in Capitol Hill, has a couple cookbooks that are always bouncing around on my bookshelf… mainly because they get used so often that they have yet to find a comfortable resting place. For a chef who was known […]

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