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Spring pasta refreshes with mint

Former Bon Appetit food editor Kristine Kidd was  Sunday at the Sonoma Artisan Cheese Festival last Sunday in Petaluma, demonstrating this  easy, weeknight pasta dish. This  recipe for pasta with broccoli rabe, feta and mint is a terrific way to get a taste of spring, before the spring produce really kicks in. It also makes for a perfect Meatless Monday dish, if you leave out the pancetta. Kidd uses sheep’s milk feta for its fresh, authentic flavor, along with the… Read More »

Meatless Monday minestrone

The week has just begun.   Do you know what you’re making for Meatless Monday? If you’re as clueless as I am, you probably need a little help. Luckily, I just received a couple of vegetarian cookbooks today, so I’m armed and ready to whip up something healthy with  the legumes and vegetables  I’ve stockpiled in the cupboard and the fridge. This classic Italian soup from Cherise Grifoni’s “The Part-Time Vegan”  seems perfect for a rainy, spring night. Mangia! White Bean and… Read More »