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Just-baked baked ziti aside a cookbook: Back Pocket Pasta

Baked Ziti with Hot Italian Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Crème Fraîche

This smoky pasta alla vodka is SO good and couldn't be easier to throw together. The recipe is simple and, thanks to the inclusion of 'nduja, a spreadable salami made from pork and Calabrian chilies, is both spicy and smoky. //

Smoky, Spicy Pasta Alla Vodka

If you're looking for something to make for Valentine's Day, this bucatini carbonara couldn't be simpler to throw together: cook bacon, reserve the fat, use the fat to cook leeks; boil pasta, toss with eggs, fresh lemon juice, grated parmesan, and a little bit of pasta cooking liquid. Toss it all together, add some fresh parsley, and serve with more parmesan and lots of pepper. That's it! //

Valentine’s Day Menu: Bucatini Carbonara with Leeks & Lemon | Arugula & Endive Salad | Double Chocolate Cake

Here's the gist of these pepita-crusted chicken cutlets: toast pumpkin seeds, crush them coarsely, mix with a few spices (smoked paprika or ancho chile powder, cumin and cayenne), then use them to "bread" your cutlets. If you love panko chicken and are looking for a little change, give this one a go—the seeds add such a lovely texture and flavor. //

Pepita-Crusted Chicken Cutlets

A bowl of weeknight chili topped with scallions and cheddar.

Super Easy Weeknight Chili

A platter of sheet pan chicken and cauliflower shawarma.

Sheet Pan Chicken and Cauliflower “Shawarma”

Assembled chickpea taco bowls with lettuce, lime, sour cream, and cheese.

Chickpea Taco Bowls

A sizzle platter holding broiled arctic char dressed in a citrus sauce.

Broiled Lemon-Honey Arctic Char with Citrus Sauce

In this cabbage pad thai, sugar and lime juice in the stir-fry sauce stand in for tamarind, whose fruity, tart flavor lends that sweet-and-sourness characteristic of traditional pad Thai. This dish comes together quickly, and while the vegetables and seasonings may be unorthodox, the combination is tasty and satisfying. //

Cabbage Pad Thai-ish

A platter of sheet pan chicken and cabbage.

Sheet Pan Roast Chicken & Cabbage

A platter of sheet pan roast chicken and Brussels sprouts.

Sheet Pan Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts & Balsamic

A large bowl of chicken and cabbage salad.

Chicken and Cabbage Salad with Sesame Seeds, Scallions and Almonds

a bowl of sesame noodles

Sesame Noodles with Swiss Chard and Chicken

Two bowls of roasted butternut squash and onion quinoa bake.

Quinoa Bake with Roasted Butternut Squash and Onions

A plate of ginger-soy broiled salmon.

Broiled Ginger-Soy Salmon

A bowl of baked penne with butternut-sage sauce.

Baked Penne with Butternut Squash-Sage Sauce

Roasted delicata squash with chilies, lime, and cilantro.

Roasted Delicata Squash with Chilies, Lime & Cilantro

A sheet pan of baked chicken fingers.

Best Baked Chicken Fingers

A bowl of Slow cooker butternut squash soup with apple and coconut milk.

Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Gramma's mustard sauce in a Weck jar.

My Grandmother’s Mustard Sauce (AKA: “The Ham Sauce”)

One-Pan Bucatini with Leeks and Lemon

I love the addition of grapes, apples, nuts, and dried fruit in this curried apple and egg salad — bits of crunch punctuating the creaminess, sweet counterpoints to the tangy dressings. The lemony dressing is made with Greek yogurt and grainy mustard, and although there is no mayonnaise, the salad does not suffer. It's light, fresh, and completely satisfying. //

Curried Apple & Egg Salad

A crispy quinoa cake on a plate.

Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Mustard Greens

This apple, cheddar, mustard sandwich is easy to whip up, satisfying, and will not last long on any plate. //

Grilled Apple, Cheddar, and Mustard Sandwich + Apple Picking at Riverview