5 April, 2017

Penne For Your Thoughts

Penne For Your Thoughts
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Two weeks post complicated back surgery (recovery going well), you probably don’t want to know my thoughts. The anesthesia “fog” brain has left my vocabulary somewhat lacking. Each day my hubby asks if we are doing “nouns” today or if I was adding “adjectives” back into my sentences. Luckily I had created and scheduled blogs
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30 January, 2017

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Pasta & Meatball Basket

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Pasta & Meatball Basket
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You have to be pretty old to remember the children’s nursery rhyme A-Tisket, A-Tasket, or hang around old people who do. The song/nursery rhyme was first known in the US in 1879. This upbeat tune was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1938.   A few fun facts from Wikipedia: “The music for the song was used
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29 December, 2016

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling…..Lasagna Rolls

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling…..Lasagna Rolls
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Yesterday when my pasta making efforts went astray (see dog bone pasta) I was a bit flummoxed. At this point in my life, I thought I was a fairly good maker of pasta, but as we all know, everyone has cooking mishaps from time to time. When I decide to make fresh pasta, it’s always a
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28 December, 2016

I Made A Pasta Mistake And Turned It Into Dog Bones

I Made A Pasta Mistake And Turned It Into Dog Bones
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To make a statement like “I made a pasta mistake and turned it into dog bones”  you probably think I’ve been hitting the egg nog a bit hard. That might be true…. it was Bloody Mary’s actually and I had to finish the batch because I needed the space in the fridge. Good enough excuse?
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19 December, 2016

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal
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Traveling to Italy for many years and growing up in an Italian-American family has exposed me to the love affair Italians have with food. It’s not just food to eat, there is a whole culture around Italian food. It’s part of what people love about Italians….. embracing everything about food starting at the very basic level
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1 December, 2016

Lazy Day Lasagna

Lazy Day Lasagna
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After October 31st it seems like the holidays and celebrations fill the calendar. It’s a fast ride from here to the New Year.  The holidays bring out family and cultural traditions. During holiday dinners Italians and Italian Americans usually serve a pasta dish before serving the main course. People were preparing food for days. When I was growing
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28 November, 2016

Marsala Chicken aka Chicken Cooked in Wine – Oh Yah!

Marsala Chicken aka Chicken Cooked in Wine – Oh Yah!
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Chicken marsala is an Italian-American dish made with chicken, mushrooms, and Marsala wine. It dates back to the 19th century, where it most likely originated from western Sicily, where Marsala wine is produced. It is believed to be a variation of traditional Italian scaloppini dishes.  There are numerous variations of Chicken Marsala recipes. This is not the
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19 November, 2016

Pasta For Breakfast? Sure!

Pasta For Breakfast? Sure!
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Italians like to make sure nothing goes to waste in the fridge.  When it comes to cooking, we use ingredients in different and non-traditional ways at times. Take, for instance, pasta for breakfast. Growing up I didn’t think anything of it, after all, my uncle owned and operated a pasta factory. When his son was
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13 November, 2016

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!
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It was time to make fresh ricotta and I hadn’t really planned how I was going to use it. My husband told me to “stuff it”, and I assumed he meant stuffed pasta. He could have meant something else entirely, but thought I’d go with stuffed pasta for the sake of our marriage.  What some of you
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20 October, 2016

Stuffed Pasta

Stuffed Pasta
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I had some fresh ricotta leftover after making the Zeppole the other day, and it was National Pasta Day on the 17th of October (thought I’d mention it just in case you missed it), so decided to use the ricotta to stuff into rigatoni type pasta for dinner. Here’s a quick dinner recipe for you!