Mussels alla Diavola

I recently went to the allergist to find out exactly what shellfish I had to stay away from, and I got easily some of the best news of my life: I can eat anything but shrimp, lobster and crab. Since I’ve never had anything but shrimp, I’m on a mission to try it all. So…

The Perfect Sentiment

My little sister just sent an email to the editors of Glamour magazine that I had to share here. What’s the relevance? A  significant contributing factor to the development of my love of food. I just want to share my family’s story about a particular Glamour magazine article, and say thank you for many happy…

Ricotta Gnocchi with Pea & Bacon Cream Sauce

While gnocchi is more of a comfort food (read: heavy, better suited to winter months), it is a great vehicle for the bounty of summer farmer’s markets. This ricotta version is insanely easy, very light, and perfect to toss with a mix of fresh summer veggies. Use the ricotta gnocchi recipe below to toss with…

Sweet Corn Pesto with Bacon

As a lover of pasta carbonara, I feel a little guilty (a lot guilty) over the calories and richness of the dish. I love it so much, it was the first thing I ate on our honeymoon on our first night in Rome. This version is made with sweet corn and gets its unctuous flavor…

Pumpkin Lasagna

This dish is perfect for fall – rich, hearty, and full of pumpkin flavor. If you’re not a pumpkin lover, feel free to substitute butternut squash. Prepare it exactly the same way as the pumpkin; it also compliments the sage. I recommend preparing the pumpkin at least a day before you want to serve the…

Macaroni & Cheese

I’ve had several people find my first post aboutmacaroni and cheese, and tell me that they don’t feel confident enough to try it without a more formal recipe. I am happy to help, so I have developed this recipe from my method. Before you scoff at my adding mustard to this, it brings out the…

Fresh Pasta

Fresh pasta can be tricky, but it is worth the time. Making pasta at home compares to nothing else you’ll have – not even the allegedly fresh pasta in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. I used the extruder attachment for my Kitchen Aid to make this spaghetti. This is the first time I…

Farmer’s Market Pasta

So, not only do I have a problem with using the oven, I avoid it. I mean, really. What is the point of baking a pasta dish that is perfectly good without the extra step. Case in point, Penne with Corn, Zucchini and Basil. Sounds delicious. It does not, however, sound like I need to…

Maccaroni & Cheese

What’s better than macaroni and cheese when you need a little decadent comfort food? What I love about this version is that it tastes rich but it isn’t – and its cheep to boot. As I have said many times before, I am on a budget, and as of last week it became a tourniquet….

The Sauce of my Childhood

Meat sauce is one of those basic things you grow out of when your palate changes, and you eventually forget. I was in the grocery store on Sunday debating the amount of energy I had to make meatballs (due to an intense craving) when vague memories of meat sauce surfaced in my brain. It turns…

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