Double carrot risotto.

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In my kitchen, ingredients often give rise to recipes instead of the other way around. Recently, I had a bunch of leftover carrot juice from another dish. I had some garden carrots in the “rot drawer.” Carrot juice + carrots became Double Carrot Risotto. It was a hit! With its seasonal flavor and beautiful orange color, it’s the perfect recipe for this time of year. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Truck stop corn chowder.

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I mean, c’mon: Who wouldn’t love a recipe called Truck Stop Corn Chowder? (I’d like to know what kind of truck stop is serving this excellent soup!) This recipe, which I presume my grandmother Dorothy clipped from the Indianapolis Star and stashed in her recipe file, is a real winner. Unlike most old-fashioned recipes, this calls for fresh vegetables, and it’s right in season now. Get the recipe on writes4food.com Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Spanish rice pilaf with zucchini and tomatoes.

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As I’ve been browsing through my grandmother Dorothy’s “Kitchen Klips” recipe file, I’ve smiled as I discovered recipes that are very familiar to me. That’s because I sent them to her. Back in the 90s, Grandma published a cookbook, and she included many recipes from family and friends in addition to her own favorites. I sent her this recipe for Spanish Rice Pilaf with Zucchini and Tomatoes — it didn’t make the cut for her book, but Rob and I make it all. the. time. It’s the perfect summer-to-fall transitional dish. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

‘Lost and found’ zucchini casserole.

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When you’re going through a collection of vintage recipes, it’s fun to imagine what prompted the person who assembled the collection to include a particular recipe. This recipe for a simple, one-bowl zucchini casserole just seems so much like my grandmother: it’s good, and not at all fussy. Here’s the next installment in The Dorothy Project: Lost and Found Zucchini Casserole, which she clipped from Gourmet magazine in the 1980s. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Poppy seed cake.

Welcome to installment No. 1 of The Dorothy Project, in which I’ll cook my way through many of the recipes in my grandma’s old recipe file. First up: one of my favorite desserts from growing up. I loved poppy seed cake so much it was the top layer of our wedding cake. Get my grandma’s old-fashioned recipe on writes4food.com — it’s really easy! Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: what do you think?

If you’ve been reading writes4food.com for awhile, you remember The Clara Project, inspired by a collection of vintage recipe cards I discovered at an antique store. Now, I’ve gotten my hands on my grandmother’s clip file of old recipes. I’m thinking of cooking my way through her library: The Dorothy Project. What do you think? Comment on writes4food.com if you’d be interested in following along! Continue reading

Summer melon and golden tomato salad with honey-lime vinaigrette.

Working on the theory that food that grows together tastes good together — and on a corollary theory that Feta cheese makes pretty much any summer salad that much better — I hacked together this recipe for Summer Melon and Golden Tomato Salad (did I mention Feta?). It’s so simple it’s stupid. Plus, honey-lime vinaigrette. You’ve got all the ingredients on hand or at your neighborhood farm stand. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Couscous salad with apples and feta.

I made up this recipe after we had a similar salad at a delightful little bar/cafe in Lucca, Tuscany. Couscous is the ideal base for any kind of salad—and this one has a lovely range of flavors and textures: crisp, sweet apple, salty Feta, briny olive, crunchy almonds. It’s kinda perfect, actually. Get the recipe for Couscous Salad with Apple and Feta over on writes4food.com! Continue reading