Ancient Roman-Style Carrots

Roman Style Carrots based on ancient Roman recipe in Apicius

Many of us have old recipes that we love to cook — perhaps they have been passed down through the generations on index cards, or are from old community cookbooks with frayed corners and well-worn covers.  But few are as old as this post’s recipe for carrots simmered with cumin, mint and vinegar. This recipe […]

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Kale, Bean, and Vegetable Soup

Kale, bean and vegetable soup

These days, kale’s most iconic role is in kale salad — one of this era’s hottest salad trends (though they were also making kale salads 100 years ago). Massaged with salt, dressed with a sharp dressing, tossed with all manner of vegetables, nuts, and other tasty items, it is often delicious and nearly always healthy […]

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Japanese Vegetable Stew with Miso Broth

Vegetarian Japanese vegetable stew with miso

When you’re looking for something hearty and warming — but also simple and healthy — as days become shorter and colder, look to the Japanese dishes called nabemono. These “simmered dishes” are often cooked in one pot (called a “nabe”), sometimes in the middle of the dining table over a portable burner.  In the West, […]

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Recipe: Simple Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese with broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes

Almost exactly one year ago, there was some commotion in my tiny corner of the Twitterverse about a New York Times recipe from Julia Moskin for macaroni and cheese. There are a zillion mac and cheese recipes, so what caused the commotion? Uncooked macaroni. The recipe calls for uncooked macaroni to be mixed with milk, […]

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Recipe: Baked Tofu

Baked tofu

One of my favorite things to cook is also one of the most unphotogenic dishes I know: the savory baked tofu from Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant. Although it has a monotone and bland brown hue, its taste is much more exciting: tofu’s subtle flavor in the background,  and a foreground of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, […]

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Recipe: Squash Soup with Two Add-Ins

A basic squash soup can be delicious on its own, or with a simple garnish of brown butter, chopped sage, or crumbled cheese, to name a few garnishes.  But sometimes you might want a more complicated soup, or more than one flavor combinations for a party. One way to do this is to make a […]

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