charred cauliflower salad with fregola

It’s official – today the James Beard Foundation predicted cauliflower is “the new kale” on its list of top food trends for 2017. Depending on your feelings for cruciferous vegetables, that should be fantastic news.

Here on this blog, my cauliflower recipe posts have been among my most popular for a couple of years now, so it doesn’t surprise me one bit that cauliflower has reached a popularity peak.  [Read more…]

pasta with creamy gin sauce

Ah, penne alla vodka. The classic dish is an iconic throwback to the Eighties, along with MTV and permed hair. At its best, the sauce is a perfect balance of tangy tomato, sweet cream and pasta. In other words, the ultimate recipe for comfort food. And I’m guessing we can all use an order of that right about now.  [Read more…]

summer vegetable soup

summer-vegetable-minestrone-soup

Over the past few weeks, emails have been trickling into my inbox with urgent subjects like “End of Summer Sale!” and “Last Call Before Fall!” Target already has Halloween junk on display and Gap is trying to sell me turtleneck sweaters and flannel shirts.

My question is: What’s the big rush? Fall doesn’t start, officially, until September 22nd — weeks away from now. Not to mention that September is usually the finest month of  the year where I live in the Northeast – lots of sun, blue skies and low humidity, which in my opinion, make the best beach days of the entire season.

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