Category Archives for Entrees

Turnip & Apple Purée, Venison Backstrap, A Jean-Georges Chocolate Tart & A Valentine’s Day Recap

Am I becoming too predictable? Are you sick of seeing vegetables puréed with apples? Do you think I should perhaps explore a cookbook other than this one and this one? I hope not, because I’m really loving this latest variation … Continue reading

17. February 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, craft, Eating Locally, Entrees, Meat | 7 comments

A Second Marcella Hazan Tomato Sauce + Hot Italian Sausage + Gragnano Pasta = Utter Deliciousness

It’s only February 2nd, and already I’m dreaming about Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce — you know, the one and only most delicious tomato sauce in the world. I won’t belabor my love for that sauce a sentence more, but I’d … Continue reading

02. February 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Pasta, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 36 comments

Date Night at Home? Seared Duck Breast with Port Wine Reduction; Duck Hunting at Pine Island in Louisiana

Seared Duck Breast with Port Wine Reduction — it’s a dish fit for a bistro menu. Truly, the sauce tastes as if it took hours to prepare, as if pans loaded with veal bones had to be roasted, as if … Continue reading

09. December 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Meat, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 10 comments

Pasta Carbonara — Easiest Weeknight Dinner

I know what you’re thinking. Pasta carbonara? The week after Thanksgiving? Who needs it? But, and forgive me if I’m wrong, I think you might be thinking of an entirely different dish, one containing cream and butter and vast amounts … Continue reading

28. November 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eggs, Entrees, Pasta | 50 comments

Roast Chicken + Bread Salad, Zuni Cafe Style

Roasting a whole chicken used to feel like an ordeal to meal. It certainly was a process, one never attempted mid-week. After poking a lemon with a skewer 25 times, smashing garlic cloves, chopping up carrots and shallots, stuffing the … Continue reading

02. November 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Chicken, Entrees, Fall | 31 comments

Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage Pizza, Five-Minutes-a-Day Style

I have a pizza dough recipe I adore. I swore in fact I would never attempt another recipe. But then I saw this. Yes, the Hertzberg-Francois team has released another book: Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day. … Continue reading

21. October 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Fall, Pizza, Vegetarian | 25 comments

Eggplant Involtini

On the fussiness scale, this recipe is up there. I hate to start on such a negative note, especially when these little ricotta-stuffed rolls turned out to be so stinking good, but I’ve become really lazy in the kitchen. When … Continue reading

29. September 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Vegetarian | 92 comments

Bacon, Cheddar and Pear Panini

I do not know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s just one of those things, like pancakes and French toast, that burns on the outside for me before it’s done on the inside. A little over a year … Continue reading

15. September 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Lunch | 19 comments

Chez Panisse Eggplant, Caramelized Onion and Tomato Pasta

I don’t know about you, but I’m up to my eyeballs in eggplants here. My CSA delivery last week could have fed a small village, and I’m still feeling a little overwhelmed. Overwhelmed in a good way though. I mean, … Continue reading

25. August 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Eating Locally, Entrees, Pasta, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 12 comments

Pizza Margherita, Homemade Tomato Sauce, Homemade Ricotta

Oh my gosh, I have so much deliciousness to report to you all, I don’t know where to begin. I suppose it all started last week after Food 52 reminded me of Marcella Hazan’s widely adored tomato sauce recipe and … Continue reading

11. August 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, Entrees, Pizza, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 43 comments

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