Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, prepared this colorful red and green pasta for Kathy Gunst’s class when he visited as a guest chef last December. He recommends serving the pasta with a mixture of seasonal farm vegetables, or with Kathy Gunst’s Spinach Topping.
Kathy Gunst writes, “Kids hate spinach, right? Wrong! When Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet came to school to show the kids how to make homemade pasta, I quickly put together this simple topping. I wasn’t sure the kids would like it—but they ended up lining up for seconds and thirds!”
Chef Jeremy Bradbury served this creative dish at the recent Best of Taste Bash. The tangy black quinoa makes a pleasing visual contrast to the greens and is balanced by the sweetness of the duck meat and the creamy parsnip puree.
While the menu at 98 Provence Bistro changes seasonally, this is one signature recipe that remains available year-round. It’s flexible—use your preferred combination of fish and seafood. Squid, clams, and other crustaceans can be used instead of the mussels, scallops, and shrimp. Serve with crusty baguette slices to soak up the sauce.
Kathy Gunst writes, “The combination of sweet corn, tomato, and basil makes a great topping for grilled swordfish (or any type of fish, meat, or poultry), but also works as a crostini topping (on slices of grilled crusty bread), or inside tacos or burritos.” She notes that salmon, halibut, or tuna may be substituted for the swordfish.
Ramps are wild leeks, similar in appearance and flavor to scallions. This dish may also be made with scallions, an unusual and tasty preparation. It’s nice as an appetizer or with grilled meats or seafood. Romesco sauce is a Catalan dish, made with almonds and peppers. This recipe makes a generous portion, which may be stored, refrigerated, or frozen. It’s great on vegetables, pasta, and chicken.
Moos writes, “This recipe holds up well in a warm oven for an extended period of time, likely due to the heavy cream. I don’t incorporate my toppings into the frittata; in case an item is not to someone’s taste, it can be removed without ruining the whole dish for them.” When the early spring Maine favorite fiddleheads are in season, Moos says she substitutes them for the asparagus.