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Entrees

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

This is quick and easy to make: perfect for a weeknight.

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon

A classic dish for winter or fall.

Ma’s Stuffed Peppers

This is an easy one and the kids like them too. Feel free to dip them in ketchup. 

Shrimp Saute, “Fresh From Maine”

Shrimp Saute, “Fresh From Maine”

Here’s a simple and delicious way to cook shrimp, perfect for a quick weeknight supper but also impressive for a special occassion.

Cold Taiwanese Sesame Noodles With Peanut Sauce

Cold Taiwanese Sesame Noodles With Peanut Sauce

This is how you make Taiwanese street food.

Recipe Videos From Boston’s Best Chefs

This is one of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced for the Boston Globe.

A Quick, Easy, One-Pan, Weeknight Eggplant Delight

A Quick, Easy, One-Pan, Weeknight Eggplant Delight

This Turkish dish is similar to eggplant parmesan but without the cheese and without as much work.

Sartu di Riso: One of the Best Dishes, Ever

Sartu di Riso: One of the Best Dishes, Ever

It’s like a giant, luxurious, but surprisingly light, arancini.

Can’t Beet This Vegetarian Dinner

Can’t Beet This Vegetarian Dinner

After work I felt like cooking, so I went shopping and came home and whipped this up in about 90 minutes (I used left over tomato sauce). All of the recipes except for the beet recipe have been posted on Rootsliving. So, I’m posting a […]

Chickplantasagna is born

Chickplantasagna is born

We were hungry. I had eggplant, zucchini, some leftover cheddar cheese and a new block of Parmesan Reggiano in the refrigerator. All day long I thought of those ingredients and asked myself what I could make for dinner. Around 4 p.m., the answer came to […]

Short Ribs Provencale

Short Ribs Provencale

This recipe is time consuming but it’s well worth the wait. I found it on Epicurious. Cookbook author Rick Rodgers said the editors of Bon Appétit magazine asked him to create the ultimate version of braised short ribs and this is what he came up […]

Caponata, aka: Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Caponata, aka: Sweet and Sour Eggplant

This is delicious by itself as a side dish or when mixed with pasta.

La Tourte de Blettes: A Pie for Dinner or Dessert

La Tourte de Blettes: A Pie for Dinner or Dessert

This is savory and sweet: perfect as a meal or as a dessert.

Beef Bourguignon II: An Easier Recipe

Beef Bourguignon II: An Easier Recipe

This is easy to make but takes more than a couple of hours.

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

This is a sweet, savory, gooey piece of heaven.

Risotto (This time with mushrooms and eggplant)

Risotto (This time with mushrooms and eggplant)

Making risotto is not hard, but it is an art.

Marco’s Fuscilli

Marco’s Fuscilli

You can make this dish as fast as it takes you to boil a pot of water.

Moussaka

Moussaka

This is an untraditional recipe of a traditional Greek dish. It takes about 3 hours to make but it’s worth the effort.

Best Lobster Stew Recipe, Ever!

Best Lobster Stew Recipe, Ever!

This is easy to make, especially if you buy the lobsters already cooked.

Cheesy Khachapuri From ‘The World’

Cheesy Khachapuri From ‘The World’

This could be an appetizer for many or a meal for six, served with a salad.

Mary’s Chicken (or Seafood) Paella

Mary’s Chicken (or Seafood) Paella

There are many variations on this Spanish dish, including one with chicken and another with seafood

Katie’s Roast Beef Sandwiches

Katie’s Roast Beef Sandwiches

The time and effort is worth it to make the best roast beef for sandwiches you ever had.

Prized Recipe: Chicken with Polenta

Prized Recipe: Chicken with Polenta

(Special thanks to professional food photographer Russell French for photographing this meal. His photos appear courtesy of Russell French Studio.) This is one of my prized recipes. My grandmother, Bruna, used to make this and it was my favorite dish when I was a little […]

Lenten Spaghetti (From the Artusi)

Lenten Spaghetti (From the Artusi)

Walnut spaghetti?? Even in the 1800s, some called this dish ridiculous but that doesn’t make it any less delicious.