Maitake Smash Burgers with Sumac Onions

Maitake Smash Burgers with Sumac Onions and Mint Aioli
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Smash burgers are having a moment. They seem to be served on every corner of every metropolis. They have been turned into everything from tacos to salads. Smash burgers are even served fries-supreme-style over their traditional side. We have reached peak smash burger and I for one am happy to see it. Burgers, smashed or otherwise, are a perfect food. But why would I present you with a classic burger when I already have one on this site? So instead here is my vegetarian take on the smash burger. These Maitake Smash Burgers feature maitake mushrooms marinated in ras el hanout and olive oil smashed and roasted between two large baking sheets. The mushrooms are piled onto a bun slathered with a mint aioli and topped with sumac onions and fresh cucumber. It may not be your classic burger stand burger but it’s still mighty fine,  so let’s make it!

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Silken Tofu Noodles with Braised Mushrooms

Silken Tofu Noodles with Braised Mushrooms and Bamboo Shoots.
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There isn’t much in this world that I adore more than noodles. The chewy strands make me positively poetic. But I will spare you my romantic musings about this oh-so-special carb and get to the point. Noodles are my favorite and today’s Silken Tofu Noodles are my current reigning favorite noodles, making this dish my favorite-favorite. If that’s not a ringing endorsement for this bowl, I don’t know what is. So what are we looking at here? You’re looking at a tangle of Shanghai Noodles dressed in a creamy ginger-heavy silken tofu sauce topped with braised shiitake mushrooms and bamboo shoots, crisp cucumbers, sesame seeds, and chili crisp. In a word, this dish is divine. 

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Creamy Gorgonzola Gnocchi

Creamy Gorgonzola Gnocchi with Tarragon
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February is my least favorite month, so I am on a mission to pack it full of comfort food. It’s just the only way to make it bearable. Especially since we haven’t had a lot of snow this winter. So skiing, snowshoeing, and even snow angels have been off of the menu. Finding joy in winter has always been hard for me. But I have found that a pot or pan of something delicious simmering away on a cold day has never failed to make me smile. So today I bring you my most recent simmering something – this Creamy Gorgonzola Gnocchi. This dish features chubby gnocchi luxuriating in a silky gorgonzola cream sauce accented with tarragon and kissed with honey. This dish is one for the ages and it only takes 30 minutes to make, so let’s dive right in. 

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Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes

Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes
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I mentioned last week that my partner and I combine forces to make an at-home steakhouse menu every Valentine’s Day. Welcome to the sides portion of this year’s feast. These Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes are a riff on the classic jacket potato. These jumbo croquettes house a filling of baked potato flesh and a rich mornay sauce packed with cheddar cheese, scallions, garlic, shallots, and sour cream. This is everything you love and expect from a loaded baked potato in a golden, crisp format. 

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