Soft polenta with white bean, squash, and sage ragout

March 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm (Beans, F (0 stars, inedible), Fall recipes, Peter Berley, Winter recipes)

I made this recipe from Peter Berley’s cookbook Modern Vegetarian Kitchen back when I lived in Pittsburgh, and I remember not liking it very much.  But when I was in California last month I was discussing vegetarian cookbooks with a friend of Kathy and Spoons’s, and she had Modern Vegetarian Kitchen.  I asked her what her favorite recipe was and she chose this one!  I thought maybe I screwed it up last time and so I decided to try it again. Read the rest of this entry »

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New kitchen gadgets

March 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm (Product Reviews)

I tried a four new well-rated kitchen gadgets last year, and I thought I’d do a quick post about which ones I ended up liking and which ones I didn’t care for.  My most exciting new purchase is a pressure cooker, but I haven’t actually taken it out of the box yet.  Once I try it out, I’ll report back! Read the rest of this entry »

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Italian spiced almonds

March 26, 2013 at 12:15 am (unrated, Website / blog)

Derek came back from Berlin in February with some spicy almonds from the restaurant Little Otik.  The nuts were smoky and garlicky and just a little sweet—he adored them.  I looked for a similar recipe and couldn’t find anything quite the same, but I did come across this one for Italian spiced almonds.  It doesn’t have the smoke, but it has the garlic and the Italian herbs. Read the rest of this entry »

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