Wild mushroom bolognese

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Bolognese — or ragù, as I knew it growing up — and I have a long history of discontent. My go-to method was clunky, plain, and lacked finesse — barely a method at all. Meat in tomato sauce — meh. Passable, but I didn't understand the fascination and adoration it received in the cooking shows. It wasn't until I tried Mark Bittman's version that I finally understood the error of my ways and learned to make a bolognese worthy of its reputation: don't cheat on the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin cheesecake bars in jars

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I don't bake desserts very often anymore, as you might have noticed by my posts. With just two to feed, it's dangerous to make a whole pie, or an entire batch of cookies or brownies, or — my sweet-tooth-will-power downfall — a full size cake. Even when a recipe is easy to divide in half, I usually lack the smaller pan to bake it up. And even when a recipe is easy to divide in half, ingredient-wise, the effort is the same (e.g., dividing eggs, whipping up egg whites, folding in … [Read more...]

Honey sriracha roasted pumpkin seeds

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We love simple recipes, right? Good eats that come to together effortlessly and produce a disproportionately high level of enjoyment. That's this recipe. And for the sriracha addicts among you, here's yet another way to enjoy your favorite condiment: roasted with honey and select spices on crunchy, fresh pumpkin seeds until caramelized goodness develops. A sweet crunchy heat that keeps you reaching for more. ZOMG, they're addictive. Guys, I ate almost an entire batch while watching an … [Read more...]

Salt roasted sweet potatoes

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Thanksgiving is nigh, guys. The holiday where families gather to celebrate togetherness — assuming we all don't strangle each other before dessert — and express gratitude for the gifts we have in life. It's also the holiday where the poor sweet potato is drowned in sticky-sweet syrupy goo and capped with marshmallows. Like the texture of shredded coconut {shiver me timbers}, this is a dish I just don't understand. Please don't take offense if it's your Thanksgiving specialty — I know it's … [Read more...]

Shrimp + vegetable saute over spaghetti squash

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Happy Election Day, Everyone! Regardless of your political leanings, I hope we can take a step back and be grateful for the opportunity to freely express our individual choices without retaliation or threat to life and limb. Our country has seen hard times, not for the first time, nor the last, but we always pull through. And we will again. But, republican or democratic or libertarian or independent, the one thing we all can gather around with good cheer is the stove. Food connects … [Read more...]