The danger (?) of buying ingredients at stores like Costco is now you own A LOT of whatever. This year I came home with a goodly amount of organic canned pumpkin. A very tasty pumpkin, I might add. So I went in search of some new ways to use it and I found this recipe.
It can be quite confusing. What I grew up with as scalloped potatoes or even sometimes (for those higher-end-posh pot luck suppers) potatoes au gratin are basically variations on the same theme. My personal favorite is a simple Gratin Dauphinois. The kind Grandma would have made (except she wasn’t French).
So, I don’t want breadcrumbs or cheddar cheese or bacon or fennel or wild mushrooms or bay leaves or heavy cream or reduced-fat anything. Those are wonderful in their place and time just not here and now.
I want simple. I want affordable. I want easy. And I want delicious. Is that too much to ask?
You know, a side dish that says you’re the kitchen cat’s pajamas when you show up bearing gifts at Friendsgiving.
Growing up we ate a ton of ____ Helper (substitute your favorite protein in the blank). Remember the dancing white glove with the red clown nose? Good times.
So, clearly, we need a one pan hamburger stroganoff recipe in our back pocket that’s quick and easy — especially on a weeknight. Hold the box.
(Is this expensive restaurant beef tips and fresh-made pasta? Um… no. We could do that but see previous one pan quick and easy.)
The renowned Chef Yotam Ottolenghi calls it “Magic Dust.”
Dating back to at least the 13th century, za’atar is at its simplest thyme, sumac, sesame seed, and salt. The proportions of each vary a little depending on whose kitchen you’re in at the time.
Alice Waters is one of my favorite people — despite us having never met — and I wanted to pay a little tribute to her today. So I’m making pizza.
Warning: you will be hungry when we’re done.
Let’s start with the basic problem: cheap pizza usually isn’t good and good pizza usually isn’t cheap.