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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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Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

| April 6, 2011 | 18 Comments

Last week, I asked on the Sarah’s Cucina Bella Facebook page if anyone would be interested in my ultra-fast recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese that takes about 15 minutes to make. The answer was a swift and resounding “Yes!” I loved the response. I loved knowing that this is something that people want to […]

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