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Our Favorite Easy Orzo Recipe: A Versatile Side Dish

Favorite Easy Orzo Recipe Side Dish | Umami Girl

Here’s a versatile side dish whose leftovers transform into an excellent lunch. What more can you really ask for from the world? (Or from a diminutive box of pasta, anyway.) Our favorite easy orzo recipe is boiled in very well salted water and simply tossed with good butter, lemon juice, grated pecorino and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

It works underneath or alongside a wide variety of meals, and we especially love it for soaking up dreamy sauces. Try it with our striped bass or roast chicken (minus the potatoes, though don’t let me stop ya really). (more…)

Farfalle with Sopressata and Ramps Recipe

Farfalle with Ramps Recipe | Umami Girl

Hi there from the tail end of ramps season. I woke up with a start earlier in the week vaguely remembering having written a piece for Serious Eats many years ago FROM THE PERSPECTIVE of ramps. Oh, the salad days of The Crisper Whisperer — pun fully intended — when all bets were off and you could talk like a vegetable. Anyhoo. That post also contained a pretty good recipe for farfalle with ramps and a pretty bad photo of the farfalle with ramps recipe. I’ve improved both and served the pasta for dinner last night, and now here’s me reminding you of it, too.

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My Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

My Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe | Umami GirlIt’s rainy and chilly here in coastal NJ this morning, and I’m so glad. I do adore the moodiness of a nice gray day in its own right, but today I’m just using the chill as an excuse to share what you might consider a slightly unseasonal dish: my perfect spaghetti Bolognese recipe.

Let’s be honest: there’s never a bad time for a really great bowl of spaghetti Bolognese. But whether the middle of May is the first time you’d think of it? I couldn’t speak for you on that front. 🙂 As with all of the recipes in the My Perfect series, the intent with my perfect spaghetti Bolognese recipe is not to brag or to argue, but simply to say that this dish has been with our family for many years, and over those years I’ve put a lot of love and effort into honing it. The My Perfect seal means it’s our favorite incarnation of itself, and it’s a real keeper.

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Carne Asada Tacos Recipe

Carne Asada Tacos Recipe | Umami Girl

Happy Monday, or as I like to call it, Taco Tuesday Eve. This week we’re grilling up super-flavorful carne asada tacos with refried beans and all the trimmings. You can marinate the steak for a couple hours at room temperature or prep it in the morning or even the night before and marinate in the fridge for up to a day. (See what I mean about Taco Tuesday Eve? It’s a real thing, people.) After marinating, this meal comes together quickly and easily. (more…)

How to Make Savory Tart Dough for a Rustic Tart / Galette / Crostata

This savory tart dough makes a delicious bed for allllllll of the things, from asparagus + leek + ricotta + buratta to chard + corn + taleggio

Savory Tart with Asparagus Leeks Ricotta Burrata | Umami Girl

Savory Tart with Asparagus + Leeks + Ricotta + Burrata

Look, I’ve been a little gun-shy about the arrival of spring this year. That’s understandable, right? Our kids’ 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. got snowed out at the end of March, and April had a STRONG game in the resting bitch face department. But today is May 9, which is practically mid-May. And although there were gusts of frigid wind and some weird fog coming off the ocean way too late in the morning for such things, I’m gonna go ahead and call it. It’s spring, motherfuckers.

The proof is in the produce.  (more…)

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