Beef and cheddar pasta bake.

So, if you’re looking for recipes that will jump-start your healthy eating habits in the new year … well, this is not that recipe. There’s nothing especially virtuous about this Beef and Cheddar Pasta Bake, dietarily speaking—its virtues are purely sensuous: cheesy, comforting goodness. If you recall that recurring menu item from your elementary school cafeteria days, you might think of this as a sort of upgraded version of Johnny Marzetti. I’ve adapted an old Pierre Franey recipe from the 1990s from the New York Times Cooking app—and it’s pretty much what you’re craving on these bitterly cold nights. Add a brightly dressed green salad and a glass of wine, and you’re good to go. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Arizona Mountain Soup.

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This recipe for Arizona Mountain Soup was tucked into my grandmother’s “Kitchen Klips” file of old-fashioned recipes. With hearty beans and rice, this almost chili-like soup is super easy to put together and hearty enough for these first cold nights of the season. Do as the recipe’s originator, Arizona mountain resident Bennie Bennet, does and serve it with cornbread. 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

Poached eggs and sweet potato bacon hash.

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A recent trip to California’s Sonoma County and its lovely wineries and dining scene provided a ton of much-needed inspiration for new recipes — especially for dishes that are simple, seasonal and produce-centric. I’ll be posting several of these new recipes in coming weeks. First up: a fantastic sweet potato-bacon hash with poached eggs that’s great for brunch or “breakfast for dinner.” Get the recipe! Continue reading