Spinach Lasagna

This is superb lasagna.  Definitely the best I’ve ever made (but take that with a grain of salt because I don’t make lasagna that often).   I think one thing that it really had going for it was the noodles I used.  If you have a Trader Joe’s near […]

Vegan Calzones

Sorry for the hiatus, but my kitchen looked like this for awhile: all packed up in boxes. Now we’re settled in a new apartment, with a new (smaller) kitchen, and a plethora of Asian grocery stores just a few minutes away. There’s also a Philipino bakery not far from […]

Spaghetti with Wheatballs

I never really thought meatballs were anything special. It might be because my mom used to serve spaghetti with Italian sausages, so meatballs seemed bland in comparison. Obviously, when I gave up meat, I didn’t really think about a future without meatballs. That is, until I saw a post […]

Pasta with sweet tomato sauce and baked ricotta

Our Jamie Oliver cookbooks have been getting a lot of use lately, and with good reason. He’s got such a great approach to food, particularly pasta! I used to think I was tired of Italian food, but his recipes just keep proving me wrong. Sometimes he can be a […]

Fresh linguine with pesto and roasted tomatoes

Discovering that I could make fresh pasta will probably remain one of the highlights of 2010, even though it happened on the third day of the year. I don’t know if you regularly eat fresh pasta, but it is so much better than dried (and it cooks much faster!) […]

Homemade Ricotta

I know I’ve complained about the lack of affordable cheese in Korea, but now I just feel ridiculous. If I had known it was this simple to make ricotta, with ingredients I usually have on hand, I would have done it LONG ago! I was initially inspired by this […]


I had the wonderful opportunity to cook during daylight hours today, something that doesn’t happen nearly enough in my life. As a result, I went a little photo-happy while I made some pesto. Why did I make pesto the day before Thanksgiving when I had plenty of other things to […]

Simple Marinara

With a half marathon in the morning, I needed my usual pre-race dinner: spaghetti. I’ve been eating spaghetti the night before a race (from 5K to Half-Ironman) for over 10 years, and I see no reason to change it up now. I know it won’t upset my stomach, I know […]

Penne with Bell Peppers, Capers, and Anchovies

I had no idea how many farms around here grew bell peppers until I noticed them EVERYWHERE on my long bike ride last Saturday.  Seeing all those red peppers at their peak (and still on the plant!) gave me a strong urge to cook with them.  This recipe is great […]


Like almost any American, I love pizza.  I was always content to buy the refrigerated dough from Trader Joe’s when making it at home, but this week I had a day off and decided to make pizza from scratch.  I used Peter Reinhart’s recipe (in The Bread Baker’s Apprentice) […]

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