Recipe: Meyer Lemon, Ricotta, and Spinach Gnudi with Green Garbanzo Bean Hummus, Tomato Jam, and Spiced Almonds

 

It’s not often that gnudi is considered light fare, but under the erudite and worldly eye of chef Hari Pulapaka, this Italian staple takes a trip around the Mediterranean, incorporating greens, beans, and meyer lemon to balance its indulgent base. Served at Pulapaka's recent Beard House dinner, the dumpling itself is infused with herbaceous spinach, creamy ricotta, and the bright meyer lemons, with the addition of a green garbanzo hummus, earthy tomato jam, and spicy almonds. Complex and intriguing as a plated dish, the components are also stars in their own right. Get out of your Bolognese rut with this vegetal variation, brimming with enough green goodness to make you feel just a bit virtuous. Get the recipe.

 

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What We're Reading: October 21, 2015

 

The secrets behind Thailand's coconut oil industry may have you go bananas. [NPR]

 

Hummus for peace: an Israeli cafe inspires people to talk it out over a bowl of the classic snack. [MUNCHIES]

 

Going nuts: the price for pine nuts continues to rise. [NYT]

 

Chefs divulge their late-night snacking habits, ranging from fancy pickles to Cool Ranch Doritos. [FWF]

 

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What We're Reading: November 18, 2014

 

Perfect Ben & Jerry’s pairings for your Thanksgiving pie à la mode. [HuffPo


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Greeks are abandoning their traditional forms of coffee for hipper, trendier espresso. [NPR

 

Before she hit it big on SNL, Amy Poehler was just another actress waiting tables in Chicago and NYC. [Yahoo! Food

 

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What We're Reading: October 6, 2014

 

The Middle East's answer to peanut butter: a guide to tahini. [The Kitchn

 

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Daily Digest: May 28, 2014

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The ice diet sounds crazy, but could it actually make sense? [The Atlantic]   

 

Sabra asks FDA to standardize requirements for hummus recipe. [LAT

 

Despite Republican opposition, the First Lady continues fight for healthy school meals. [NPR]

 

As veterans overcome the challenges of transitioning into civilian life, culinary school helps one solider bridge the gap. [PRI

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Recipe Roundup: Mediterranean Mezze

 

On hot, sticky summer days, it's hard to feel motivated to put together a proper dinner when all we want to do is graze. So why not harness that snacking urge with a meal of Mediterranean mezze? Anchor the menu with a few of the following dishes, add a plate of olives and pickles and some warm pita for dipping, and dinner is served.

 

Cold Stuffed Grape Leaves

Claudia Roden's recipe for stuffed grape leaves from her 1972 classic, A Book of Middle Eastern Food, inspired this adaptation from James Beard.

 

Warm Sheep's Milk Feta with Apricot Tapenade

Make this sweet-and-salty appetizer now, while apricots are still in season.

 

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