Garlic soup, Basque-style, from Basque Country.

With winter starting officially as of this past Saturday, I’m finding myself seriously craving some soup. I’m more than ready to make some pressure cooker pho, pasta e fagioli, and even some carrot-ginger soup in the next few weeks, but the soup I am planning to make before all of those is a Basque-style soup…

Pimentón tagliolini with mushrooms, sausage, and ham, migas-style.

Last summer, while flipping through Mastering Pasta for the umpteenth time looking for inspiration for weekend dinners, I turned to a dish where Marc Vetri had paired paprika-flavored pasta with very traditional Spanish ingredients including octopus, Marcona almonds, and an Iberian ham broth. If I liked octopus more I would have made it directly, but…

12.29.09: dinner (aka the best tuna salad ever).

This is not a salad for the faint of heart.  This is a Serious Salad, one that requires a willingness to eat quite a bit of fish and vegetables in one sitting, all while allowing your mouth to be assaulted by several textures and flavors in every bite.  When I first spotted this in The…

11.17.09: dinner (spatchcocking)

Nothing, absolutely nothing, helps you get over the stress of a long, frustrating day like spatchcocking a game hen.  Simply put, using a heavy-duty pair of shears to cut out the birdie’s spine and pulling out the keel bone is therapy that no money can buy.  To my delight, last week I found my Fairway…

03.12.09: spice-hunting at Balducci's.

I found myself down in Westport this morning, and needing to kill some time, I decided to wander around Balducci’s for a while.  It was positively lovely–usually Michael and I will go there on a random Saturday on a gourmet excursion and have to fight for a parking spot and dodge shopping carts and irate…