We may not have snow in Napa Valley, but we have plenty of chilly nights that make me hungry for soup. My pasta e fagioli recipe, prepared with fat borlotti beans, will make tasters think you have a Tuscan mother. Broccoli rabe, my favorite winter vegetable, could use some more fans, so I am sharing a recipe that I could happily eat once a week. For holiday entertaining, go for some glamour: the Gorgonzola Mascarpone Torta is a head turner. Resolve to expand your repertoire this winter with produce you don’t normally purchase. In my view, persimmons make the ultimate smoothie.
> Borlotti Bean and Vegetable Soup
> Gorgonzola Mascarpone Torta
> Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
> Fennel and Mushroom Salad with Mint
> Brussels Sprouts with Walnut Oil
> Persimmon Ginger Smoothie