Pasta / Grains

Miss Mary’s Orzo Salad

June 17, 2008

For the most part, new Food Network hostess Mary Nolan has gone unnoticed and unheralded since her episodes began airing this summer. To be perfectly honest I mostly tune in because I really like her hair. Although, she absolutely freaked me out during the “Posh Picnic” episode when she repeatedly touched raw meat, followed by […]

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Beef and Broccoli with Oyster Sauce for Two

March 4, 2008

When Chris and I spent a year living in “the burbs” recently one of my favorite places to eat definitely wasn’t fancy, far from it in fact. I really liked to drive over to EO Noodle on Route 9 in Framingham and stuff my face with a huge plate of Beef and Broccoli. Tender beef, […]

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Butternut Squash and Vanilla Risotto

February 14, 2008

Confession time: until I made this creamy risotto dish I’d never purchased or even used a vanilla bean before. I know — total baking blasphemy! Last month, after I read Amanda Hesser’s book, Cooking for Mr. Latte, I really wanted to bake the Vanilla Bean Loaves. Especially since they were based on a recipe from […]

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Mushroom Stroganoff

January 8, 2008

I don’t know about the rest of you, but after spending the last few weeks literally gorging myself on wine, cheese, chocolate, more wine, dip, crackers, wine again, and then some beer I’m starting to feel like I need to promptly go to a spa, a yoga retreat, the gym, and possibly rehab. So to […]

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Christmas Fettuccine

December 24, 2007

There’s a brief scene in the movie The Holiday where Kate Winslet decides to cheer up Jack Black by making him Christmas Fettuccine (start around 3:20 on the video above). So if it’s good enough for Kate Winslet, it’s good enough for me. I attempted searching around a little bit to see if this was […]

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Fried Rice with Scallions, Edamame and Tofu

September 19, 2007

For the most part I try to bring my lunch from home, but on Friday’s I like to go out and leave the office far far behind. After all, a girl can only handle so many Amy’s Frozen Dinners and Lean Cuisines in a week. I tend to take the T to The Pru and […]

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Cooks Illustrated Arroz con Pollo

September 12, 2007

I was actually inspired to make Arroz con Pollo after watching an Ingrid Hoffman episode where she sashayed her way through the traditional Latin dish in record time. Instead of using her recipe, which unfortunately had a few less than stellar reviews as well as ingredients that seemed a little out of place to me, […]

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The Night the Lights Went Out in Jersey Baked Ziti

June 11, 2007

The Sopranos may or may not have disappointed last night, depending on who you talk to, but my baked Ziti definitely didn’t. No wonder Tony Soprano is so fat. This dish has some serious cheese in it. With the exception of the spicy turkey sausage I used, I think even Carmela would have approved, but […]

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