Country Soup-Rustic Corsican Soup for Winter

This is the most famous of all the Corsican soups. The soup is simply called minestra which in the Corsican culinary pantheon is simple soupe paysanne, country soup.  Although it’s called a soup, it’s meant to be so thick you could eat it with a fork. Shepherds would take some leftover with them into the […]

The Trick to One-pot Halloween Dinners

Outside of the candy that the kids collect, Halloween may be the only American holiday that is not associated with a particular feast or recipe. In fact, I didn’t know until recently that Halloween wasn’t celebrated in America until the late 19th century when Irish immigrants brought the Oct. 31 celebration to the United States […]

Cabbage Lasagna with Braised Veal for a Cold Evening

In the old days when I first started cooking I cooked exclusively from cookbooks and I never looked for “easy” recipes or quick recipes—especially on weekends—as I reveled in the all-day affair of cooking. I would look for a particularly involved recipe and I would test myself by following its intricate instructions. Frankly, that’s a […]

Making Cabbage Cool Again

Cabbage is the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables: It doesn’t get any respect. It gets a bad rap. Cabbage never gets mentioned as one of the hip vegetables like kale. It’s not a super-vegetable like broccoli rabe. It’s not an adorable vegetable like baby Brussels sprouts. It’s not a “cool” vegetable. It’s stodgy and old-fashioned. I […]

Great Simple Dishes Simply

Everyone claims to want to cook simple food. As soon as we’re in the kitchen, things aren’t so simple. It’s actually hard to cook simple dishes because we cooks always want to fiddle or add things or just not stand around looking at “simple,” because simple doesn’t require much, that’s why it’s called simple. The […]

Tracking What’s Trending in the Kingdom of Kale

How kale went from a cellar-dwelling vegetable to a pennant-winning one is an interesting story full of ups and downs throughout history. When I started cooking decades ago, kale was arguably the least popular vegetable on the American table, beloved only in soul food cookery, which is an expression I haven’t seen in years. Today, […]

Try Griddled Cabbage

The vegetable bounty of summer should never leave one searching for recipes or wondering what to make. Keeping it simple often yields the best result. Take for instance a pan-roasted or griddled Savoy cabbage, that crinkly-skinned tender cabbage so popular with Italians. In the southern Italian region of Puglia, cavolo grigliata (griddled cabbage) is an […]

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