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Pici with Tuscan Kale Pesto

Florida happens to grow leafy greens really well and I’m partial to Tuscan kale, also known as lacinato or cavolo nero (“black cabbage”). So, when I spotted a large luxuriant bouquet topped by greenish-black fronds at my farmers market, I snatched it up. No plan in mind, until I came across a bag of pici, [...]

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Tue, February 28 2012 » Fruits and Vegetables, Pasta, Tampa Bay » No Comments

Romantic Dinner: Risotto for Two

I flirted with the idea of making lobster shepherd’s pie, a lovely Valentine’s Day recipe from Patrick and Silvana Broadhead, one of three culinary couples I profiled for Wine Enthusiast. ¬†Sweet-and-sour short ribs with dried cranberries (from restaurateurs¬†Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzsky) were tempting, too. Both dishes possess the voluptuous mouthfeel and sensual flavors that [...]

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Mon, February 13 2012 » Grains, Italian food » No Comments