Pasta and Grains

Are you Ready for Easter?

Posted on Apr 14th, 2014

It is Spring! Once again I am wondering where the time went? Wasn't it just Christmas? Oh well, spring is my favorite season, because the flowers…

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Arroz Salad with Carnitas and Salsa Verde Vinaigrette

Posted on Aug 26th, 2014

  Do you know someone who does everything from scratch, never using any kind of pre-packaged food item or ingredient?  Well, that is so not me! I…

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Chicken Sausage Three Cheese Italian Style + Penne Frittata

Posted on Mar 12th, 2014

    If you haven't noticed yet, I love simple, fast and easy. Minimum prep time and ingredients but maximum flavor.  This Chicken Sausage Three…

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Italian Sausage Ragu

Posted on Nov 5th, 2013

    One good meat sauce is all you need.  This is that sauce. OK, there are a million fantastic meat sauce recipes out there. But…

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Kale and Bacon Baked Risotto

Posted on Oct 21st, 2016

    I really enjoy risotto. But I do not make it because I just do not have the time and patience needed to stand and stir for 45…

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Last Minute 4th of July Recipe Ideas

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2014

Sometimes it takes a long time to get organized for a holiday weekend. A holiday weekend which is meant to be about relaxation and enjoyment, and is…

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Lemon-Tarragon Tuna Melt with Provolone

Posted on Sep 8th, 2014

  Once upon a time a chef entered a contest for the best grilled cheese sandwich. It was only a grilled cheese after all, how hard could it be…

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Organic Summer Tomato Sauce

Posted on Jun 25th, 2013

This was originally posted last summer. I wanted to repost it now because I see tomatoes growing in gardens everywhere. Soon, the growers will have…

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Orzo Salad with Fava Beans, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

Posted on Apr 19th, 2015

Everybody needs an easy pasta salad in their recipe repertoire. A salad that can be thrown together at the last minute using pantry staples that you…

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Pesto Tortelonni with Pancetta and Greens

Posted on Jun 8th, 2013

  Some days all you want to cook is something simple and easy. Something that tastes good, but only takes you a few minutes to throw…

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Quick and Easy Pasta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Posted on Apr 30th, 2009

Sometimes making a meal can be a real pain.  You're tired, the kids are screaming and you don't feel like cooking.  But fast food is not an option…

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Ramen Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Shishito Peppers

Posted on Oct 15th, 2014

  There is so much more to ramen than the sodium laden noodles with dehydrated vegetable and seasoning packs.  Don't get me wrong, those…

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Ramen with Choy Sum and Pork

Posted on Mar 20th, 2015

A big bowl of ramen is such a beautiful thing. I wax poetic, but really, how can you not love a bowl of chewy noodles, unctuous broth, healthy…

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Artichoke Pasta

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2014

    I love to make enough food that I have leftovers. In fact, I don't really know how to make small portions. Much of that is due to…

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