Farro with Grilled Broccoli and Sweet Onions

A simple and highly satisfying side dish.

At this point many of us have embraced whole grains, become friendly with brown rice, maybe casual acquaintances with quinoa, but there are still a number of grains out there that remain a mystery. Farro may well be one of them. I had enjoyed it in restaurants a couple of times — a lot in fact; it’s chewy …

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Pear Tart Tatin

Taxi cab confession:  I have never made a tart tatin.  It sounded just plain scary – flipping a pan over so that the fruit ends up on top, and the crust ends up on the bottom.  Why would anyone put themselves through such angst? But there I was just minding my own business, with an …

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Cucumber Mint Gin and Tonic

This summer has been so busy that Gary didn’t actually get his fair share of gin and tonics.  Maybe that’s a messed up way to measure the speed to summer, but it’s an indicator (he did fine with rose, so nobody get panicky).  So I offered to make him one the other day, and then …

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10 School-Night Dinners That Will Make Your Life Easier

Some of you reading this have already run through that perennial gauntlet known as the back-to-school period. Some of you may still be reading school supply lists and wondering when you will find the time to get those medical forms signed by your pediatrician. Some of you (read: me) may find yourselves with your fingers …

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