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Whole Roasted Artichokes

On one of my trips back to the Bay Area, I was tasked with cooking dinner for my parents and sister.  I planned to make a Simple Roast Chicken and was looking for some vegetables to serve as a side dish.  I picked up a colorful assortment of cherry tomatoes, asparagus, and baby potatoes from Trader Joe’s when I … Continue reading

Grilled Antipasto Ribbon Salad

When it comes to preparing vegetables to cook, my modius operandi is to toss them with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I typically will roast them in the oven because it requires the least amount of attention (see my Roasted Vegetable Salad), but if I am feeling a bit more ambitious, grilling … Continue reading

Bianca, NYC

Bianca Chef: Giancarlo Quadalti Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: NoHo Price: appetizers under $10, mains under $20  (cash only) Address: 5 Bleecker St., NYC 10012 Telephone: 212-260-4666 Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-midnight; Sun 5pm-10:30pm Tucked away in the bustle of the NoHo neighborhood, Bianca is a gem of a restaurant serving up very affordable Italian fare with … Continue reading

Chicken and Artichoke Fricassée with Mushrooms

After a weekend of bar food and stadium fare, I wanted to make something healthier and more homey. And I wanted leftovers for lunch. I started perusing recipes on epicurious, and stumbled upon this one, which originated from a 2007 issue of Bon Appétit and appealed to me.  The original recipe calls for morels, which … Continue reading

Baked Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Artichokes

Okay, it’s not the most aesthetically appealing dish ever, but it is really delicious and really fast to make.  Artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes are really a fabulous combination.  I have seen this ingredient duo for pastas and frittatas as well, which I may have to try out soon.  I got this particular recipe off the … Continue reading