peppery zucchini bake

cacio e pepe

made the easiest way — with

grain-cooking water

serves 4

3 c cooked grains; 1 c grated parm + 1 T black pepper + cooking water from grains to form a sauce; 4 zucchini, sliced thin, seared in oil & salt; basil

arrange grains, zucchini in an oiled baking dish; 400 F, 20 minutes; broil; add basil

quinoa tomato gratin

chop tomatoes but

leave a few slices to place

on top for baking

source, 4 servings

4 tomatoes, chopped; 2 T olive oil, 2 T minced garlic, 1 onion, chopped; 2 zucchini, chopped; salt & pepper, 2 T thyme, 1 c rainbow quinoa, cooked; 3 eggs, 1/2 c cubed gruyere, 2 T basil

in a skillet cook onion, garlic, oil, spices 5 minutes; add zucchini, cook 5 minutes; add tomatoes, cook 5 minutes; stir in all but basil, 375 F, 45 minutes, top with basil

black & white cookies

black & white cookies

baked minutes before eating

not in plastic wrap

source, 12 servings

cookies: 2 c flour, 1 t powder, 1/2 t salt, 1/4 t soda, 1/3 c whole milk yogurt, 1/3 c whole milk, 2 t vanilla, 1 t lemon peel, 1/2 t almond extract, 1 stick butter, room temperature; 3/4 c + 2 T sugar, 2 eggs; glaze: 2.5 c powdered sugar, 3 T hot water, 1.5 T light corn syrup, 1 t vanilla, pinch salt, 2.5 oz unsweetened melted chocolate + 2.5 T cocoa

cookies: cream butter, sugar; beat in rest; bake on silpat, 375 F, 8-10 minutes, cool; glaze: mix all but chocolate, adding water slowly, frost half of each cookie, add chocolate to remaining glaze, frost other halves

sweet potato fries

a lemon with its

peel, simmered and then roasted

is tender and sweet

source, 4 servings

4 sweet potatoes, wedged; 1 whole lemon, 1 T ginger, salt, 1/4 c olive oil, 1 T cumin, 1 T coriander, simmered

spread potatoes in single layer on oiled parchment on a rimmed baking sheet, top with lemon oil, 400 F, 20-30 minutes, turning once, broil

tomato tart

a late-night package

delivery truck or just

25 bullfrogs?

source, 3 servings

dough: 1 c flour, 1/2 c cornmeal, 1/4 t kosher salt, 10 T cold butter, 1/2 c grated cheddar, 1/2 c cold water: chopped together, chilled 30 minutes, rolled out to 1/4-inch on parchment; 1 c grated cheddar + kosher salt & pepper; 3 tomatoes, sliced, well salted with kosher salt, rested 30 minutes, drained; 2 T cider vinegar + 2 T honey + 5 thyme sprigs, simmered; 2 T olive oil + 3 T minced garlic, caramelized; 1 egg + 1 t water

assemble on parchment on rimmed baking sheet in order, fold dough to form 1/2-inch crust before egg wash; 425 F, 35 minutes

deep dish pizza

put scissors next to

the pizza and people can

cut their own slices


dough: 1 3/4 c + 2 T flour, 3/4 c warm water, 1 T olive oil, 3/4 t kosher salt, 1/2 t yeast; 1.5 T olive oil, 1 1/4 c grated mozzarella, 1/2 c tomato sauce, herbs, parm

mix dough; rest 5 minutes, fold 3x, fold & rest 4x total; rest 40 minutes, chill overnight, oil dough, press & dimple into oiled skillet, rest 15 minutes, press & dimple, proof 2 hours, sprinkle 1 c cheese over entire dough, add sauce, rest of cheese; 450 F 25 minutes on bottom rack; remove, add herbs & parm, loosen from pan with knife