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Eating local, eating quickly: Tortellini with tomatoes, garlic and feta

Eating local, eating quickly: Tortellini with tomatoes, garlic and feta

| September 21, 2007 | 3 Comments

Some nights, I just want something fresh and flavorful that cooks in no time. This is one of my favorite dishes for that. I don’t usually specify a pasta or a brand, but this variety is very tasty and works well with the other flavors. Plus the timing is perfect. It takes about 10 minutes […]

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Pasta in 10 Minutes: Tomato, Olive and Artichoke Pasta

Pasta in 10 Minutes: Tomato, Olive and Artichoke Pasta

| August 8, 2007 | 2 Comments

I know that it’s summertime and I should be cooking only with the freshest ingredients all the time. But the whole refrigerator debacle left me with a need for more sustainable cooking that used shelf-stable ingredients. Since I couldn’t keep much food in the house, whatever I made had to be a) from ingredients on […]

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Kitchen Sink Mai Fun

Kitchen Sink Mai Fun

| July 19, 2007 | 2 Comments

Growing up, meals were pretty simple. My grandmother favored menus with fewer ingredients and less fuss. Pork chops cooked in sauerkraut, or bratwurst, knackwurst or any wurst for that matter, were favorites. Sometimes we’d have lamb chops or a simple beef stroganoff (did I spell that right?). But if were really lucky, she would spend […]

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Presto Pasta: Lighter Pasta Fresca

Presto Pasta: Lighter Pasta Fresca

| July 12, 2007 | 6 Comments

I am a Romano girl. Always have been, always will be. There is almost always a big chunk of Romano from Costco in my fridge, at the ready to be grated, sliced or chopped. Why do I love it? It’s like biting into certainty. That sharp, decisive taste adds dimension to many dishes in my […]

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Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

| January 30, 2007 | 2 Comments

My tomato basil marinara sauce begins with the above. What are they? Broiled tomatoes. Mmmm. Broiling them makes them soft, perfect for crushing, and it ripens their flavor. This sauce is great for baking (lasagna, manicotti, etc) or good with pasta. You could use it over chicken parm or dip fried mozzarella in it. Or, […]

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Homemade Manicotti

Homemade Manicotti

| January 27, 2007 | 2 Comments

Will is a cheese-a-holic. He asks for it all the time in that cute little voice (“chhhheeeeesssssse”) and it’s always followed with a bit of gratitude (“dank you”) for his favorite food item . . . next to chocolate, of course. Fresh mozzarella is his favorite, but he’s not picky . . . he will […]

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Three Cheese Sauce

Three Cheese Sauce

| January 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

[Image courtesy of Kraft Foods.] See the image above? That’s the macaroni and cheese that I grew up on. It was artificially flavored, dyed and full of preservatives – and yummy as can be. I cannot tell you how many times that was my quick dinner before swim practice or an easy lunch when I […]

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In My Library: VEGETARIAN PASTA COOKBOOK

In My Library: VEGETARIAN PASTA COOKBOOK

| December 9, 2006 | 0 Comments

Once upon a time, I was a vegetarian. In fact, I was a vegetarian for a number of years (7 or 8, if memory serves me). I bought and poured over dozens of vegetarian cookbooks during that time, looking for innovative recipes that didn’t call for tofu. I am not particularly fond of tofu. The […]

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Aglio e Olio

Aglio e Olio

| August 25, 2006 | 3 Comments

Much to my husband’s chagrin, I love garlic. It goes in nearly every main dish I make . . . sometimes in greater quantities then others. And one dish that I love to make is aglio e olio. It’s a classic Italian pasta that combines just cooked garlic, olive oil and pasta in a wonderful […]

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ARF: Kale and Red Pepper Sauce

ARF: Kale and Red Pepper Sauce

| August 14, 2006 | 0 Comments

What do you do when you have a bunch of excess kale sitting in your refrigerator and aren’t sure what to use it for? Make an inventive vegetable pasta, of course! This dish came to me the other night after I assembled what few things I had in the kitchen – ricotta, kale, a red […]

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