RECIPE: Pumpkin Risotto

To celebrate the official arrival of fall, I wanted to make something quintessentially… well, fall. And to me, that means pumpkin. I stopped by our neighborhood farm stand and was overwhelmed at the assortment of unique heirloom varieties.

RECIPE: Fancy Focaccia

A little cheese went on, followed by my obsessive/compulsive placement of the zucchini and caramelized onions, followed by a little more cheese and some seasonings.

RECIPE: A Tune of Tuna

This makes a lot of food for two people; it served as my lunchtime leftovers until midweek, and seemed to get better and better by the day. Another idea is to divide the shells into two smaller dishes, and bake one while freezing the other.

RECIPE: Rockin’ Ramen

This recipe takes packaged ramen and amps up the flavor with additions like soy sauce, grated ginger and sesame oil. And instead of leaving the ramen naked, I like to add on plenty of fun and delicious toppings, like thinly sliced shiitakes, green onions, cilantro, and a blob of chili paste.

RECIPE: Movie Night Munchies

What starts as perfectly yummy stovetop popcorn gets amped up with the addition of truffle oil, parmesan cheese and a nice blend of zesty spices, and mellowed out with plenty of melted butter. It’s perfect for a cozy night in with a movie.

RECIPE: Swoon for Salad

The flavor combination can’t get much better – cheesy tortellini paired with crunchy green veggies and toasty pine nuts, creamy avocado and zesty sprouts, with a garlicky, lemony pop from the dressing.

RECIPE: Glued to Gluten

Gluten-free baking is a different beast altogether, using ingredients that I don’t usually carry in my pantry. The texture and the flavor are surprisingly convincing, though, and the batter behaved just like a regular cupcake batter.

RECIPE: Scalloped Potatoes 101

This is a classic, quintessential, flawless recipe, and I beg of you to keep it just the way it is. One small warning: You will want to eat the entire dish, in one sitting, by yourself, with a big bottle of Malbec, and Bill Withers on the hi-fi.