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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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Asparagus, Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

Asparagus, Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

| April 1, 2011 | 4 Comments

Happy Friday, everyone! If you are looking for a fast, fresh and delicious meatless meal today, try this ultra simple Asparagus, Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta. The veggies and shrimp are roasted in the oven before being toss with the pasta and a bit of pasta water. Seasoned simply with garlic, salt, pepper and a drizzle […]

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Easy Homemade Pierogies

Easy Homemade Pierogies

| February 25, 2011 | 6 Comments

Like most people, I learned to love pierogies thanks to the frozen section of the grocery store. They were easy to heat up and eat fast, which made them all the more desirable. I never even thought of how the potato and cheese filled pasta was made, until I was working at the newspaper years […]

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