Einkorn Pasta with Zucchini & Herb Sauce

Pasta with Zucchini & Herb Sauce

So guess what, guys. For the first time ever, I’m remaking a recipe that’s already appeared on this blog. The SECOND recipe, in fact. That feels like some sort of milestone. It isn’t really quantifiable like a one year anniversary or a 100th post, but it still seems rather special. In the sense that I feel I’ve grown enough as a photographer and a writer to re-pay homage to a dish, because I believe I can do it more justice now. Or something like that. Anyway. Let’s talk about sauce. Made from zucchini!

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Baked Potatoes with Ricotta, Swiss Chard, & Toasted Garlic

OK guys, I’m going to be honest with you. This post isn’t about the potatoes. Those delicious little buttery-salty-peppery guys with their crispy skins were merely an afterthought. A vehicle to contain something I discovered yesterday, very much by accident.

It all started when I told my parents that I’d make ravioli for dinner. (Wait, let me back up a second — I’m in NY again for a couple days. My mom is doing great [and even going back to work next week!]. I’m just here because I love my childhood dentist and my hometown mechanic, and will therefore drive four hours to see either of them. That’s less crazy if I’m combining visits to both into the same trip, right?)

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Homemade Garlic Naan

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I made naan for the first time a couple weeks ago. And much to my amazement, it actually wasn’t that bad. (This shocked me because I was totally convinced that I’d screwed it up.) It all started when I decided to make my parents vegetable korma for dinner. And because I was going to wuss out and use a jarred korma sauce, I figured I should redeem myself by making naan from scratch. I have been ogling Nicole’s naan recipe for the better part of a month now. And while I, as a first-time naan maker, was a little intimidated by her notes that the dough can be a bit tricky to master, it probably wouldn’t have stopped me. What did stop me, however, was discovering that the only yogurt in the house was flavored. As I researched other recipes, I found that many of them called for yogurt and talked of a sticky dough. Eventually, I decided to just google “garlic naan recipe” (because if my naan couldn’t be made of yogurt, it would at least be made of delicious garlic), and clicked on the first thing that came up.

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Garlic-Cauliflower Gnocchi with Brussels Sprout Leaves & Lemon Zest

Sometimes I forget that there are people who don’t love cauliflower quite as much as I do. Even though I’m acknowledging that fact now, I still kind of can’t believe it. I mean, seriously, it’s SO GOOD. Slightly funky, slightly spicy, with an awesome crunchy-crumbly texture. Magical things happen when you pair it with garlic (especially when that pairing occurs in a 450° oven). And then there’s cauliflower purée, which I will eat an entire monster bowl of if left alone with said bowl and a spoon. And I’ll be totally fine with that decision, because it’s CAULIFLOWER.

See, this is what I’m talking about. I love it. Other people don’t. Or they’re indifferent. So when I proudly announced to J, “I have this great idea for a new pasta to try……cauliflower gnocchi!” and he stared at me kind of blankly, I was confused. (Also, maybe a little bit insulted. Insulted for my beloved cauliflower. [And perhaps also because my idea was awesome, and that should have been obvious.]) But I quickly followed with, “……and I think I’ll pan-fry it with some brussels sprout leaves and add some lemon zest.” To which he replied, “oh, yeah, that does sound good.” YES IT DOES. And it is. So good.

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Savory Kale, Garlic, & Cauliflower Purée Pop Tarts

A few things occur to me as I begin to write this post. One, this main photo looks an awful lot like the monster cookie stack picture from two posts ago — derp. Two, these pop tarts, while very deserving of being shared ASAP to avoid depriving the world of the recipe a moment longer, have nothing to do with Thanksgiving. Three, just over a week ago I began a weekly rewind series with a mission to begin posting more frequently than once a week. And here I am with a new post……one whole week later. (My focus was derailed mid-week by circumstances beyond my control. But I’m back on track, and I’m ready to make up for lost time by cramming in two posts, back-to-back. So today, we talk pop tarts. Then tomorrow, a slightly belated weekly rewind in the form of a Thanksgiving round-up!)

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