Recipes are categorized by number of ingredients. A pasta dish illustrates how the built-in seasonings of Italian sausage and fragrant fronds of fennel eliminate the need for any enhancement other than salt and pepper. If you can’t find the orecchiette pasta called for, she suggests substituting ziti or mashed potatoes. No fennel? Sliced bell peppers will take that formula in a different, but equally tasty, direction.
Thai green curry paste and coconut milk lift a chicken and rice casserole out of the ordinary, and in another recipe transform an assortment of stray veggies into a lightning-fast curry.