Summer Scafata

Oh, my goodness people. Please make this soon. This seems very simple. Boring, even. And Zucchini? Please. But everything comes together and cooks and becomes….divine. I was doing a happy dance in the kitchen after my first bowl of this.  This is a simple vegetable stew that will make you believe in veggies.  After about … Continue reading

Tagliata steak for one

This is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s new book, Nigellissima, which is chock-full of Italian inspired recipes. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a few months now and finally got ’round to it. In her book, it serves two, but I used a smaller steak. That’s the only change I made–I kept the marinade and … Continue reading

Greens with avocado and tuna

This is another Ballet Beautiful recipe, and it’s a wonderful, filing, fresh lunch! If you’re allergic to fish you could leave it out and replace it with shredded or cubed chicken, for the protein. Salad greens for 1-2 1 can (4 oz.) tuna in olive oil 1 avocado, halved and diced 1 cucumber, chopped Freshly … Continue reading

Prima Ballerina Salad

This recipe-the bones of it, anyway–came from Mary Helen Bower’s book Ballet Beautiful. She was a dancer with New York City Ballet (Balanchine’s company), and the dancer who trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan. Ballet Beautiful is the name of her company, which provides ballet workouts and tips for transforming your body into … Continue reading

Spicy Shrimp with Yogurt

I really didn’t want to cook tonight. This was strange, because I had just gotten two new cookbooks for Christmas (Dinner: A Love Story, and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook) and I’d drooled over their lovely pages over the longish break. I didn’t have time to do much cooking beyond the basics, since I was in a … Continue reading

Sweet and sour pork stir-fry

So, Giant Eagle foiled my kedgeree plans–NO COD–so I made the stir-fry that was scheduled for next Monday, instead, so that I don’t have to worry about the veggies going bad. This is one of my favorite, favorite meals. Fast, easy (although read through the recipe first, so you know what you have to do … Continue reading

Cacio et Pepi

There are many, many ways to make Spaghetti with cheese and black pepper–cacio et pepi. It’s an exercise in statistics, almost: how many combinations are there of pasta, cheese and pepper? A lot. People add butter. They add oil. They add butter AND oil. They add none of those interlopers. I used to use a … Continue reading