Sformati, a molded Italian egg dish, are something like a soufflé, light and soft, but not as airy and can be sweet or savory. They often have a bechamel sauce as a base, but here is an example using creamy-soft cauliflower and ricotta and fontina cheeses. Served with lemony arugula or watercress, it makes a light, lively starter for a dark winter’s evening.
Baked Polenta with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta
I turn to polenta when I am in need of some good, old-fashioned comfort food. I suspect it’s because there is not much difference between polenta and the grits I was raised on in North Florida. This simple dish relies once again on my favorite tomato sauce and not much else other than freshly cooked polenta made better than ever with a little added ricotta.
Mueller's Classic Lasagna
While their new iteration simplifies things a bit, we love this original recipe for Mueller's lasagna, which starts with a homemade meat-and-tomato sauce and ends with one decadent, satisfying bite.
Radicchio with Creamy Tahini and Salted Sesame Seeds
This tahini dressing recipe goes especially well with bitter greens but can also be paired with sweeter lettuces such as Little Gem or romaine.