Author Archives: dgourmac

Tomato, Arugula, and Cheese Salad

Every once in awhile, I pull out of the bookshelves one of my older cookbooks, and I find an appropriate dish for the occasion. Today, I was looking for a way to use half of a large heirloom tomato for … Continue reading

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Nettle Risotto

As much as I love pasta in all its forms, I am realizing that some of my most memorable dishes ever have been risotti. Two of those are dishes I created 10 and 20 years ago: Lobster – Shrimp Pasta … Continue reading

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Arancini

A few weeks ago I made a risotto for dinner. It was a Spinach-Zucchini Risotto I invented back in 2010. Even without the arugula (which I did not have this time), it was almost as good as the original. There … Continue reading

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Artisan Pasta, Baked Rigatoni

Last month I wrote about an artisan pasta shop in Lexington, MA: La Dolda. Last week I used my second bag of pasta from them — Rigatoni. It worked very well in this dish. We ate less than half of … Continue reading

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Portuguese Tuna Salad

Lunches these days are usually relaxed and very gratifying. As I’ve written in the past, Lucas Ventresca Tuna Fish from Portugalia is one of my favorites, usually in a salad, replete with vegetables in various forms. Here is a concise … Continue reading

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Toor and Moong Dals

It’s intriguing that I am inspired to cook specific dishes by a wide variety of stimuli. One recent example is a dinner featuring Indian Dals — lentils of various kinds. The impetus came from opening the main cabinet in our … Continue reading

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Sable Fish Reprise

There was one more example of what can be done with Sable fish. This time it was pan roasted with a touch of soy sauce, and combined with wild mushrooms, given a similar treatment and cooked to a deep, dark … Continue reading

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Three Recent Pastas

No episode of new blog posts takes place here without some reference to the latest pasta dishes. Here are three recent ones I wanted to share. Spaghetti with Broccoli Rabe Barbara won’t eat bitter greens, so I make this just … Continue reading

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Vegetables as Small Meals

Just a small post, with a few recent examples of vegetables as complete meals for lunch or dinner. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to enjoy vegetables is to buy a jar of prepared vegetables in your local … Continue reading

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Bruschetta

When you bake bread often, you’ll find that one of the main snacks, appetizers, or small meals that pop up in your kitchen, is centered on Bruschetta: Merriam-Webster Definition of bruschetta : thick slices of bread grilled, rubbed with garlic, … Continue reading

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