Ricotta Cavatelli with Toasted Walnuts & Baby Greens

Ricotta Cavatelli with Toasted Walnuts & Bitter Greens

This is a delicious pairing of chewy, pillowy ricotta cavatelli; earthy, almost sweet walnuts; toasted garlic; slightly bitter greens; and crisp pancetta; punctuated with a creamy, tangy goat cheese.

Strozzapreti Pasta with Fava Bean Greens Pesto, Spicy Italian Sausage & Toasted Walnuts

Strozzapreti Pasta with Fava B

Strozzapreti (stroh-tzuh-PRAY-tee) is one of my all-time favorite pastas. Its 1-inch length and rolled S-shape captures and holds the sauce, while its chewy texture adds character and interest to any pasta dish. It’s always in my pantry.

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Fava Bean Greens, Walnut & Orange Pesto

Fava Bean Greens, Walnut & Orange Pesto in Jars  (3)

This unusual fava bean greens pesto is enhanced with the earthy flavor of toasted walnuts and toasted walnut oil. Orange and lemon zest, plus a bit of spicy heat, lifts the subtle flavor of fava bean greens to new heights.

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Decidedly Different Cranberry, Walnut & Currant Tart

Decidedly Different Cranberry, Walnut & Currant Tart

Every fall about this time, I am sitting cross-legged on the flour, surrounded by stacks of dessert cookbooks and culinary magazines. I’m looking for a cranberry tart for Thanksgiving. A UNIQUE, MEMORABLE, WOW-INDUCING tart worthy of the most spectacular meal of the year. And I’m willing (okay, eager) to try (okay, eat) several cranberry tart contenders before making the final cut.

The Wonderful World of Fresh Pesto

Fresh Pesto Ingredients

Is there anything in the world of food more appealing than a gloriously fresh pesto, with its vivid green color and bright, bold flavor? I can’t think of anything more wonderful in early spring than this sometimes chunky, sometimes smooth sauce with its heady aroma and visceral connection to the earth and all things leafy green.

Pumpkin, Spice & Everything Nice Tea Bread

Pumpkin, Spice & Everything Nice Tea Bread

When October hits the Pacific Northwest and the Cascade foothills begin to turn iridescent shades of crimson, honey, and gold, I develop an intense craving for anything and everything pumpkin. This year, I’ve already created a new pumpkin bisque and salad, so I decided it was time to focus on something sweet. But I wasn’t up for anything too complicated or time-consuming, so the tea bread category sprang quickly to mind.

Apple Cranberry Deep Dish Pie with Toasted Walnut Streusel

Apple Cranberry Pie with Toasted Walnut Streusel

I am thrilled to share with you one of my favorite apple pie creations–a little in advance of cranberry season. When you see the first bags of fresh cranberrries in the market, grab a few. I know you will want to make this pie again and again this autumn.