potato and kale pan pizza with ricotta

True new potatoes — freshly plucked out of the ground, their skin flaking off like a sunburn — are another one of those seasonal foods that come into your life for a fleeting moment. They delight you with youthful sweetness and tender delicacy, then quietly disappear into the horizon like the memory of a summer love.

I’ve been stalking that moment, pouncing on the first farmer’s market stand I saw displaying a bin of dusty, misshapen nuggets. I love baby potatoes all by themselves, simply steamed and doused with plenty of good olive oil or melted butter. But I also crave potatoes as a topping for pizza or flatbread. That particular combination of creamy starch and crisp dough is a carb-lover’s dream.

Traditionalists (and my 16-year old son) may reject pizzas with potatoes on them as some kind of blasphemy. That’s fine, I get it. But I believe they’re missing out on something delicious. And did I mention that leftover slices of this pizza make an amazing breakfast with a fried egg on top?

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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…]

summer vegetable 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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