Monthly Archives: September 2011

Rolled Turkey Breast with Pears and Spinach

This dish represents a nice transition from late summer to early fall.  I hate to let go of summer, but I do love the bounty of vegetables in the fall.  Today, I saw perfectly ripe pears at one of our … Continue reading

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Orzo with Butternut Squash

This is essentially the same technique as cooking pasta.  The butternut squash gets peeled, diced in cubes, sauteed with onion and a touch of nutmeg, sauteed, then covered and simmered until soft and well-cooked. The orzo is boiled in plenty … Continue reading

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Beppi’s Broiled Chicken Thighs with Rosemary

This dish is so simple, in my opinion, it requires no recipe–only technique and photos.  I found my neighbor Beppi making this dish one evening when I stopped by to visit.  It looked and smelled so good, I watched him … Continue reading

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Cavatelli with Creamy Broccoli

My inspiration for this brilliant recipe came from perusing an old cookbook, “Red, White and Greens,” by Faith Willinger.  I met Faith Willinger while I was apprenticing at Po Restaurant.  She was a good friend of Mario’s and when the … Continue reading

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Quinoa with Zucchini and Basil

This is another example of summertime on a plate!  Sweet zucchini and onions are sauteed until tender and slightly caramelized, then cooked quinoa is folded in with a handful of basil leaves.  The basil is what makes this dish taste so … Continue reading

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Kale with Tomatoes and Onion

Kale is local and plentiful, and tomatoes are at their peak.  I would only make this dish when tomatoes are at their best because I want very red, meaty pulp with as little water and seeds as possible.  The dish should be moist, but … Continue reading

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Italian String Bean Salad

String beans are abundant in my neighbor Beppi’s garden this time of year, particularly a variety of long bean that he grows, which produces beans as long as 18″. I love these long beans because they’re thin and delicate (almost … Continue reading

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