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Pumpkin + Chicken Sausage Pasta

Are you ready for a true confession? I rarely cook from a recipe. The first time I made this Pumpkin + Homemade Chicken Sausage Pasta there was no script. I tell you this so you understand my process of getting a recipe from my brain to your screen– one that I know will work for you at home and that you can trust. A recipe that will hopefully make it onto your table. How an Idea Becomes a Recipe A new recipe concept starts with thinking and dreaming about the flavors, colors, scents, and textures of ingredients. This work happens when I’m asleep and when I’m awake– all the time! All that I have learned in over 50 years of cooking and eating informs how a new recipe idea comes together. Step One Intuition led the way when I first made this marigold Pumpkin + Homemade Chicken Sausage Pasta, like with most things I cook. I found it warm and comforting. It was delicious enough to share, and didn’t take a fortnight to make, and …

Turkey Meatball + Roasted Lemon Zucchini Pasta

Turkey Meatball + Roasted Lemon Zucchini Pasta is one of the tastiest recipes you can have in your weeknight toolbox. Pop these juicy meatballs into the oven and they’ll be done in twenty minutes– as long as it takes to get the rest of the dinner together. This fun and exciting weeknight meal is ready in under an hour, but is definitely company-worthy. Lemon slices roast alongside the meatballs, then are chopped and added to the sauce with briny chopped olives to give this simple dish huge flavor for the amount of effort it takes. Our household is not yet ready to make the shift to an entirely plant-based diet, but we make incremental steps in that direction. This turkey meatball and roasted lemon pasta is chock full of zucchini. The turkey meatballs hold a lot of zucchini which lightens the meatballs. Reduce and replace the volume of turkey with even more zucchini if that’s where your dietary choices are taking you. In the future I’ll be experimenting with replacing the turkey with mashed beans …

Savory Pumpkin Bread pudding in a casserole dish

Come Together Over Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin can’t seem to get away from the use of sugar and cinnamon-y pumpkin pie spices that relegate it to the sweets table. This Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding– with things like onions and herbs– opens a whole new world of pumpkin possibilities. Here, the dusky earthiness of pumpkin is the perfect match to lots of herbs, mushrooms, and two cheeses in the recipe. Think of it like a cheesy stuffing baked outside the bird, or like a strata. Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding Brings People Together The people who gather at my table represent a wide range of dietary needs and preferences and, if you live in America in 2021, this is likely the case for you, too. This bread pudding is easily modified to meet the challenges of nourishing a dietarily diverse crowd. And the challenges of the cook organizing meals for them! Having dishes on the table that respect everyone’s needs can be a challenge that you likely know all too well. Above all, it is important to me that there be food that …

One bowl of Pumpkin Black Bean Soup with spoon.

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Two Ways + Leaning In

Comfort food at its best, let Pumpkin Black Bean Soup be your secret weapon in defense of friendship. Put together this rich and fragrant rusty-brown soup in a flash with canned ingredients from your pantry, or more slowly with dried black beans you cook yourself. Directions for the easy way and the beans-from-scratch way are included. Pumpkin finally gets a reprieve from its sugar and spice gig in this savory combo with black beans and cumin.

Two plates of fajitas with avocado tomatillo salsa.

’80s Flashback: Tex-Mex Beef Fajitas + Tangy Avocado Salsa

Back in the ’80s we thought we were so cool to make fajitas at home. Tex-Mex was a new rage and it became a fun new party food. Back in those days, we made fajitas with a thick London broil, sliced and then marinated, each slice grilled individually. The peppers (only green bells were readily available in those days) and onion were flash-sauted on the stovetop. What did we know? This zhooshed up version takes fajitas next level . . .

The Power of Threes: Beluga Lentil, Grilled Nectarine + Burrata Salad

I’ve been experimenting with the design Rule of Threes in my cooking. In this dish the triad of warm earthy lentils, smoky-sweet nectarines, and cool creamy burrata is more than the sum of its parts. Each of the parts requires very little or no preparation. The vinaigrette acts like the jewelry that ties the whole ensemble together. Quick to pull off but ever so delicious, beautiful, and versatile, make this soon for a fancy-easy brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Plates of roasted red peppers, white beans, feta, and green herb sauce.

Summer Goes Easy: Roasted Peppers, White Beans, Feta + Simple Herb Sauce

Long on gourmet attitude, short on effort and time, this recipeless guide makes summer dinner go easy. Eight ingredients, under 30 minutes, and you are a cooking genius! Use the same guide in the autumn using your oven to roast the peppers and warm the Feta and beans.

Anti-PB + J: Crunchy Cold Buckwheat Noodle Salad

As a kid I hated peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The basic components were good, I thought. But jelly seeping through the bread, the gluey palate-sticking nature of the thing, and the whole sandwich mangled by a thermos smacking it inside the lunchbox of a girl with a purposeful stride? Thank you, but no. If Crunchy Cold Buckwheat Noodles in Peanut Sauce had been popular among suburban moms so long ago, it would have been my absolute lunchbox preference. The chewy buckwheat noodles draped in a velvet cloak of spicy, gingery

a bottle and glass of rose wine with shrimp melon salad

Cool It On Down with Sweet + Spicy Shrimp Melon Salad + Chilled Quady North Rosé

Scorching record-breaking heat is promised across much of the U.S. this week, and you need cooling solutions, right? You’re going to need this– the best simple yet fancy cooling salad I can think of– light, fresh and hydrating, and ever so tasty. When you eat it, try to imagine someone nearby fanning you with a palm leaf. Can you feel it? This refreshing salad was made to serve with an equally refreshing chilled rosé. I love the 2020 Quady North Rogue Valley/Southern Oregon GSM Rosé for it’s South-of-France typicity we don’t often find in an Oregon rosé.