Pasta alla Bastianich: The eggplant melts effortlessly into the sauce of this Bastianich pasta dish. Whoever said that the veggie is "greasy," "bitter," and "slimy" clearly hasn't tried Pasta alla Norma.
Whipped Up: This easy-to-make yet sophisticated starter, whipped sheep's milk ricotta, is one of our favorite dishes at Locanda Verde in New York.
Pasta-Lite: A great alternative to a meaty ragu, this Mushroom "Bolognese" is still rich and hearty, but much less taxing on the waistline.
A Question of Fried Bread: Bread pakora, an Indian street food dish bread deep fried in a batter of chickpea flour and Indian spices, begs the question: Is bread even better deep fried? The answer is obvious.
Summer Figs: Savor the remnants of this year's plentiful fig season with this simple Fig and Speck Salad. The sweet, jammy fruit's flavors come through best when paired with a meaty, pork-y partner of your choice. Speck to the rescue!