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Sausage Bolognese

Sausage Bolognese

| January 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

When Paige turned four-years-old a few months ago, she had a pretty simple request for dinner: pasta. Like many kids, she and Will adore pasta, calling it one of their favorite foods (along with salad, broccoli and chocolate). And they aren’t just talking about macaroni and cheese. They love it so many ways — such […]

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Sundried Tomato and Prosciutto Pasta

Sundried Tomato and Prosciutto Pasta

| November 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

When my GPS system successfully directs me to a destination, it says, “You have arrived.” I love it. Beyond the words,  the way it says it is so special — as if I am a debutant being presented to society. It never fails to make me smile. When I went away to college, I thought […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Gnocchi

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Gnocchi

| October 25, 2011 | 10 Comments

Pillow-y gnocchi. Sweet roasted butternut squash. A buttery creamy sage sauce. We’ve been eating variations of this dish for weeks now, but tonight … tonight it was beyond perfect. It was blissful. The thing that made all the difference? Adding a ladle-full of gnocchi water to the sauce, something that I discovered after reading Aviva […]

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Mushroom, Wax Beans and Cheddar Pasta Bake

Mushroom, Wax Beans and Cheddar Pasta Bake

| October 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

Family dinners are important. Though my husband is rarely home for dinner, the kids and I eat dinner together five or more nights a week. We’re not alone. According to the results of the Family Meals Survey 2011 that I conducted earlier this year, 72.4 percent of those responded also eat together 5 or more […]

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Summer Pasta with Shrimp and Kale

Summer Pasta with Shrimp and Kale

| July 26, 2011 | 9 Comments

One of my favorite parts of belonging to a CSA program (that’s Community Supported Agriculture, or a farm share program where you prepay at the beginning of the season for a weekly basket of veggies and/fruit), is that I am challenged to cook with ingredients I might otherwise overlook in favor of mainstays like broccoli […]

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Penne with Swiss Chard and Kielbasa

Penne with Swiss Chard and Kielbasa

| July 7, 2011 | 8 Comments

Since our first glimpse of spring this year, I have been waiting, yearning, planning. For months, I have been imaging what it would be like when I got to start bringing home my overflowing veggie basket from my CSA. If you aren’t familiar with CSAs, it’s an abbreviation for Community Supported Agriculture programs. Basically, you […]

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Balsamic Pasta Salad

Balsamic Pasta Salad

| June 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

Rhythm. It’s the stuff that our days are made of. It makes things regular and predictable and gives us a sense of calm, even when chaos threatens. Finding a rhythm when something changes always take a little time. When Will started kindergarten in September, it took a couple of weeks back in to find the […]

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Cristina Ferrare’s White Clam Sauce

Cristina Ferrare’s White Clam Sauce

| May 27, 2011 | 5 Comments

This unforgettable recipe for White Clam Sauce from Cristina Ferrare’s cookbook is a delicious way to enjoy this classic pasta at home. Clear as day, I remember the first time I had white clam sauce. I was probably 8 or 9 and out to dinner with my family at this great pasta restaurant on the […]

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Lemony Pasta Salad

Lemony Pasta Salad

| April 27, 2011 | 2 Comments

For years I haven’t watched the news at night. While I think it’s important to be informed (and I am), it’s easy to become enraptured with the frightening amount of bad things that happen every day everywhere. I like to believe in the inherent goodness of people, but also realize that for whatever reason some […]

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Shrimp, Basil and Tomato Pasta with Manchego Cheese

Shrimp, Basil and Tomato Pasta with Manchego Cheese

| April 20, 2011 | 9 Comments

At dinner the other night, I found myself talking about how I came to start developing recipes and writing about food. It seems like so long ago now, but I once was a in-the-thick-of-it news reporter, covering politics and crime. I was on a first name basis with court marshals because I saw them nearly […]

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