Parmesan

Nut-Free Basil Pesto with Pecorino Romano

I’m in a big pesto place right now.  I guess some people might feel like pesto is a kind of yesterday food, but it’s just so amazing.  I do love it on pasta, but I also love to stir a spoonful into rice, maybe this Scallion Tomato Rice, or soup, or dot some on hot …

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Spinach-Parsley Pesto

I love pestos for their versatility.  Having a little jar of pesto in the fridge means you can perk up a soup, make an appetizer, dress up a simple piece of chicken or fish, all in seconds.  The most basic, traditional pesto usually involves basil, Parmesan, olive oil, sometimes nuts, and salt and pepper.  But …

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Pasta Shells with Pumpkin in a Creamy, Cheesy Sauce

While I cook with butternut squash all the time, when I think about cooking with pumpkin I picture a can of puree. But not this year, this year I am grabbing the pumpkin by the stem and here’s the first pumpkin of moment of, I hope, many. This is a decadent cold weather (vegetarian) dish, …

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Very Cheesy Orzo Casserole

You like cheese, right?  I’m guessing you do, because you are looking at this recipe.  I love cheese and cannot bear to throw away the smallest chunk, so every once in a while I realize the my refrigerator is filled with about 14 kinds of cheese bits and pieces, none of them attractive enough to …

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Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan

Not only is this fast and easy, but it’s also (shhhh….) really inexpensive.  But Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan tastes fresh and lush at the same time, and there’s something very special about a homemade dip or spread, versus the store-bought stuff.   (And if you’re in splurge mode, do not miss Hot Crab …

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Hearty Lentil, Vegetable and Grain Soup

This soup was born of the need for a comforting, substantial soup that would feed a crowd, and a crowd that included a few vegetarians.  It’s so pretty, and the variety of textures makes it fun to eat.  The seasonings are very light and gentle, allowing the flavors if the ingredients to have their moment….but …

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