Posted in April 2013

Say it in your best Costanza: Pasta primavera!

Say it in your best Costanza: Pasta primavera!

Lately, and with some embarrassment, I was hit with a sudden urge for pasta primavera. Embarrassment because it’s a dish a I typically avoid—an Italian-American classic that has become utter cliche, that 99% of the time is unsatistfyingly dominated by some overcooked vegetable—a stinky bit of  broccoli here, a floppy snow pea there—and has a … Continue reading

How to buy…avocados

How to buy…avocados

A few years ago, I noticed these stickers appearing on avocados from all my local supermarkets: The weird thing was, they were appearing on super-soft AND hard-as-rock avocados. This makes no sense, folks. I think these poor Calavo people are shooting themselves in the foot—trying to make avocados accessible to those unfamiliar with them, but … Continue reading

Here’s the rub—for lamb chops

Here’s the rub—for lamb chops

Last year, we had friends over for Easter dinner. I love the tradition of lamb, but didn’t want to fool with a roast and an oven on an unseasonably warm day, especially as, keeping it old-school, we would already be starting with a pasta course, so I knew I’d be receiving a steam facial from … Continue reading

Egg overdose

Egg overdose

A reader (and friend) Margaret wrote me this weekend, “What do I do with the dozen dyed hard-boiled eggs besides make them into egg salad, which I love, but my husband hates?” I hardly have to remind Margaret, who has Southern roots, about deviled eggs, which I could personally eat at least 3/4 of a … Continue reading