Author Archives: cuocaciccia

Chard-Chickpea Stew with Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

Despite the global economic crises, the fact that the apocalypse was supposed to enshroud us (myriad times), and that many journalists have branded 2011 as one of the worst years in several decades, I fancied it. We planted a garden, … Continue reading

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Winter Kale Salad

The weekend before Thanksgiving I went on a babymoon with my husband to Portland.  I had heard a lot of buzz related to the city’s blossoming food reputation (and chocolate Raleigh bars) so we booked a flight. Serendipitously for me, … Continue reading

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa Nibs

I have so many things to share with you right now that I actually do not know where the best place to begin is. How about my riff on Grüner‘s kale ribbon salad with farro, radishes, and a garlicky-lemon vinaigrette … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pots de Crème

I thought I would share a little dessert I put together last week since it would be a perfect do-ahead (even a day or two) treat for Thanksgiving. After making pumpkin kamut scones last week I had some leftover pumpkin … Continue reading

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Kamut Pumpkin Scones with Demerara Sugar Crunch

In the past week there have been vegetable pot pies with potatoes, leeks, and carrots from our garden and flaky, buttery, homemade pie crusts. There was a wholly experimental, but scrumptious six-layer (!!!) strawberry cake (when three would have much … Continue reading

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Homemade Squash Blossom Quesadillas

One of my favorite months of the year is over. Halloween has come and gone. And I have not posted a single thing related to squash, pumpkins, or the host of phenomenal sweet and savory delights that I enjoy making … Continue reading

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Shirin Polo (Persian Rice with Orange Peel, Nuts, and Raisins) and Kashk-e Badamjan (Persian Eggplant with Whey)

My story of rice actually begins with last week’s cultured butter and 15 gorgeous eggplants from the farmer’s market. I adore all manner of Persian food, even the stuff that my Persian friends think is quacky (like “doogh” the salted, … Continue reading

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Vanilla Pear-Apple Compote

If you are enamored with the taste of real vanilla bean then it is certain that when you are done scraping the vanilla bean seeds to steep into cream for your creme brûlée or gelato or folding them into your … Continue reading

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Homemade Cultured Butter

I really love butter. Over the past few years I have come to appreciate huge differences in the quality and taste of butter. Butter varies in color from a golden-yellow to pale white, mostly from the diet of the animal’s … Continue reading

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Quince and Apple Frangipane Tart

Rosy-pink Spanish membrillo with an aged cheese plate is delightful.  Yet, I had never cooked a quince myself until this last week. As the seasons begin to hint at a change here in the Bay Area, the leaves turning orange, … Continue reading

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