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MAKES 4 SERVINGS 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter 1/2 cup finely chopped onions or shallots 1 1/2 cups arborio rice (see note) 1/2 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth4 cups chicken broth, divided 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Freshly ground black pepper to taste 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional) Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Add the onions and cook over medium-high heat for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in the rice, coating it with the oil. Stand back to avoid spattering oil and stir in wine. Cook until the rice has absorbed … ]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:31:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ HOMESTYLE NORTH INDIAN CHICKEN CURRY ]]>

MAKES 4 to 6 SERVINGS This homestyle recipe is soupier than typical restaurant curries. For a thicker consistency, use the lower amount of water and simmer a bit after removing from pressure. Use the lower amount of red pepper and chiles, or less, if you don’t have a taste for Indian heat levels. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 heaping teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 medium yellow or red onion, peeled and roughly chopped (1 heaping cup) 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated (1 heaping tablespoon) 5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 1/4 teaspoons garam masala1 1/4 … ]]> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:02:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baked Mac ’N’ Cheese ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS 3 tablespoons butter (Vermont or cheese-cultured recommended)2 tablespoons minced onion 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 6 ounces skim milk 3 ounces heavy cream 3 ounces shredded aged (six months or more) Cheddar, divided (see Note) 2 ounces shredded Gruyere, divided 2 ounces shredded Parmesan, divided 1 ounce chevre ¾ teaspoon salt Pinch nutmeg Pinch cayenne 12 ounces pasta, cooked and drained (elbow macaroni, small penne, shells  or papardelle) 2 ounces panko bread crumbs Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, then add onion and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. … ]]> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:01:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pasta Carbonara Plus ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 4 SERVINGS While not traditional, the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and fresh spinach adds holiday color, flavor and vitamins. 1 pound linguine 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 slices bacon, diced ¼ cup julienned dried tomatoes 1 clove crushed fresh or roasted garlic 2n1/2 cups baby spinach leaves 4 eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese Fresh ground pepper Boil 6 quarts water, lightly salted. Add pasta and cook until pasta is al dente. Reserve ¼ cup cooking liquid before draining. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil and bacon until bacon begins to brown. … ]]> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:04:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ravioli With Fried Sage, Asparagus and Walnuts ]]>

The asparagus and walnuts pair perfectly with the sage and ghee in this recipe, but don’t hesitate to mix it up. Almonds and cauliflower florets would be great, as would lightly chopped pistachios and baby bella mushrooms. The pinch of red pepper flakes doesn’t add much heat; it just helps heighten the other flavors. But if you like your dinner with punch, up your pinch. 1 Start to finish: 20 minutes MAKES 4 SERVINGS 1 (10-ounce) package fresh cheese ravioli3 tablespoons ghee Pinch red pepper flakes 5 large fresh sage leaves (left whole) 1 bunch asparagus, bottoms trimmed, cut … ]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 08:01:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ TOMATO FLORENTINE ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 6 SERVINGS ½ pound ground turkey½ cup finely chopped onion 2 (8-ounce) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste ½ cup water 2 ¼ teaspoons oregano 2 teaspoons sugar ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 cups (6 ounces) uncooked penne pasta 1 (10-ounce) package frozen   chopped spinach, thawed,  drained and squeezed dry 1½ cups part-skim ricotta cheese ½ cup shredded part-skim  mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large non-stick skillet on medium heat, cook turkey and onion until meat is no longer pink. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, … ]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 08:02:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicken tetrazinni ]]>

MAKES 4 SERVINGS Creamed chicken 2 tablespoons butter¼ cup flour 1 cup chicken stock ¾ cup whole milk or half-and-half 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken Salt and white pepper Optional additions Splash white wine1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Dash freshly grated nutmeg Tetrazzini 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti1 tablespoon butter 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced Salt and pepper Creamed chicken (above) 1 cup mozzarella, shredded ¼ cup Parmesan, grated 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped, optional To make creamed chicken: In medium saucepan, melt butter; add flour and then whisk constantly, about 1 minute. Slowly add chicken stock; whisk until smooth. Add milk, … ]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:05:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Asian Mushroom Bolognese with Pappardelle ]]> Lead story image

Beverly Kim Clark makes the pappardelle by hand and tops the dish with shaved fennel tossed with truffle oil and finely grated lemon zest. MAKES 4 SERVINGS 3 ounces wild mushrooms, sliced Olive oil 2 teaspoons each minced  garlic, ginger, shallot and lemongrass ½ cup diced celery ½ cup diced carrots 1 cup diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped   sun-dried tomatoes 2 tablespoons fermented black beans ¼ cup Shaoxing rice wine 1 teaspoon soy sauce ½ cup vegetable stock Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons butter 10 ounces fresh pappardelle noodles 2 tablespoons torn Thai basil1 tablespoon chopped parsley … ]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 09:37:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ AUTUMN ROASTED TOMATO AND SAUSAGE PASTA ]]>

MAKES 6 SERVINGS 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved4 garlic cloves 2 green bell peppers, cored and cut into thick strips 1 large red onion, roughly chopped 1 (8-ounce) package white   button mushrooms 1 (12-ounce) package cooked Italian chicken sausage, cut into 1-inch chunks 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 -inch chunks3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried basil Kosher salt and ground black pepper 1 pound spaghetti Grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts Heat oven to 300 degrees. On rimmed baking sheet, combine tomatoes, garlic, peppers, red onions, mushrooms, sausage and carrots. … ]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:58:25 -0500