Butternut Squash Tart with Pomegranate-Cranberry Glaze

Butternut Squash Tart with Pomegranate-Cranberry Glaze

This tart is full of surprises- the shiny tangy, pomegranate-cranberry glaze pretties up the sometimes dowdy squash tart. Under the creamy filling is another surprise- a thin layer of chocolate that adds another layer of complexity and luxury- as well as keeping the crunchy crust, well, crunchy.

  • Servings: 10-12
Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprout and Farro Salad

The greenmarket is a constant source for inspiration. Right now it’s full of Brussels sprouts on their stalks. I recently picked one up and made this salad of raw and roasted Brussels sprouts with farro and parmesan. I liked it enough to put it on the list of possible Thanksgiving side dishes this year. Use…

Strawberry Soba

Strawberry Soba Noodle Salad

To me, there is nothing more refreshing for a warm-weather meal than a cold noodle salad. Although adding strawberries to a salad like this may seem unusual — and it is — the combination really works. The juiciness of the berries adds a cool and sweet-tart contrast to the slight spiciness of the peppers and…

Apricot Pavlova

Apricot Pavlova

Did you know that part of the reason it’s hard to find a tasty apricot is that the largest orchards in California used to be where Silicon Valley is now? This was the ideal place for apricots to grow, so sadly, we will never taste that particular fruit again. Cooking is the best way to…

  • Servings: Serves 6
Quinoa Bake

Cheesy Quinoa Bake

This versatile little savory cake is redolent with the familiar flavors of spanakopita; dill, spinach, and feta. It makes a great side dish, but also keeps and travels well, and is good at room temperature, making it perfect picnic and potluck fare.

  • Servings: Serves 6 to 8
Chocolate Beet Cake

Chocolate Beet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

You might be surprised that there are a full two cups of cooked beets in this moist chocolate cake. You wouldn’t know it by tasting it or by looking at the baked cake, but the batter will be bright pink in the mixing bowl.

  • Servings: Serves 8 to 10
Roasted Vegetable Tart

Roasted Vegetable Tart

We used to call this a quiche, but that word has become very outmoded, even if the idea hasn’t. This portable make-ahead treat (which we now like to call a tart) can be a main course or an hors d’oeuvre or part of a buffet – it never fails to satisfy. Piment d’Espelette, otherwise known…

  • Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Bittersweet Hot Chocolate

Bittersweet Hot Chocolate

There’s hot chocolate, and then there’s hot chocolate. This isn’t just hot cocoa, which most versions are- and don’t get me wrong, cocoa powder, especially a dark rich one, like Valrhona, makes an excellent cup, but adding some actual chocolate, and the best bittersweet bar you can find, adds a depth and richness that other…

  • Servings: Serves 4
Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad

Now is the time to enjoy tart tangy citrus of all kinds- it’s just the thing to brighten a grey winter day.

  • Servings: Serves 8
Turkey Meatball

Turkey Ricotta Meatball Sandwich

There’s something about the texture of a meatball sandwich that is irresistibly satisfying. This is best on a soft Italian roll that won’t squish the meatballs out as you bite into it. Turkey Ricotta meatballs nestled on a bed of wilted fresh spinach and topped with thin shavings of good Parmesan cheese turn this Pizzeria…

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Servings: Makes 4 sandwiches