Wild Mushroom Pasta Handkerchiefs

This is a decadent dinner. One you enjoy on a special occasion with special people, some candlelight and a good bottle of wine. We felt like we were actually dining at Alice Water’s Chez Panisse when we sat down to this lush, umami-filled celebration of wild mushrooms and hand-rolled pasta.

Wild Mushroom and Hand-Rolled Pasta Handkerchiefs
Wild Mushroom and Hand-Rolled Pasta Handkerchiefs

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Crostata di Perrella (aka Herb and Cheese-stuffed Calzone)

Visiting Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Cafe in Berkeley was one of our life’s culinary highlights. Since then, we’ve made countless recipes inspired by or directly from her amazing cookbooks. Now — with springtime bursting out around us — is the perfect time to make this herb-filled thin-crust calzone. (If you have herb beds, you may already have most of these herbs already!)

Herb and Cheese Stuffed Crostata
Herb and Cheese Stuffed Crostata

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Cannellini Bean Enchiladas in Tomatillo Suiza Sauce

This enchilada recipe comes from a little cafe outside of Santa Fe called Harry’s Roadhouse. You can make this with chicken, or go vegetarian and use cannelini beans instead.

Cannellini Bean Enchiladas with Green Tomatillo Sauce
Cannellini Bean Enchiladas with Green Tomatillo Sauce

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Black Bean Masa Cakes with Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Clearly, this recipe from Michael Natkin’s Herbivoracious cookbook is addicting. The rich and crispy black bean masa cakes sit on top of a sweetly crisp bed of lettuce, with a spicy sweet potato topping and queso fresco to finish the whole thing off. Incredible.

Masa Black Bean Cakes with Sweet Potatoes
Masa Black Bean Cakes with Sweet Potatoes

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April Vegetable Gardening in Seattle

Even though the skies were overcast all day Sunday, the temperature felt invitingly warm for gardening, and I’ve been itching to plant April vegetables. The weather is flirting with coldness at night, but  warm enough with the promise of spring that you can go ahead and plant your April vegetables. I checked the soil thermometer and … it’s warm enough to start planting!

Soil Thermometer Says...
Soil Thermometer Says…

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Castellucio Lentil Salad with Tomatoes and Gorgonzola

This lentil salad is rich and sweet with the fresh flavors of slow-roasted tomatoes. It’s hearty and satisfying with the meatiness of the lentils; and it’s stuffed so full of fresh herbs that it tastes like springtime. This recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s PLENTY is another must-eat from his inspiring vegetarian cookbook. Paired this with a roasted halibut. Amazing.

Lentil Salad with Roasted Tomatoes
Lentil Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

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Scallion Potato Pancake in a Skillet

These simple potato-scallion pancakes from Thomas Keller’s ‘ad hoc at home’ cookbook are easy to make and even easier to eat. They make a great side dish for all kinds of meals. We had ours with a maple-orange-dijon glazed chicken, also from Thomas Keller’s book.

Scallion Potato Pancake
Scallion Potato Pancake

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