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Spatzle, Pasta the German Way

  The Italians aren’t the only pasta-lovers ya know. Many cultures have pasta dishes: Poland has Pierogis, the US has egg noodles, Spain has Fideo, China has ramen…you get the idea.  The German answer to pasta is Spätzle (spaetz·le). Spätzle are loved in Germany and are part of its identity and cooking culture.  Although Spätzle […]

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New Toy Alert!!

  It’s not exactly a new toy, but it’s one I had tucked away and hadn’t gotten around to using yet.  I was buying a pasta stamp (more on that later) for a friend and this Cavetelli machine caught my eye.  At around $40, it was not a huge investment.  I make all my own pasta, so […]

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Pasta with Asparagus and Fresh Lemon Ricotta

By now, many of you should have tried your hand at the homemade ricotta recipe that I blogged last week. Easy, right?  There are many recipes for using the ricotta.  Especially good is using the cheese as a base for Bruschetta and topping it with tomatoes, eggplant, olives or any number of other enhancements. But […]

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Vegetable Bin Pasta: A Quick and Easy Pasta Recipe

As I was sautéing a mound of hot Italian sausage for a stuffing for an event, I knew there was a little bit too much.  Should I baggie it, throw it in the freezer to find it a year later, looking like freezer-burned dead squirrel?  Or should I just cook it and use it for […]

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Orzo, The Big Pretender: Asian Orzo Salad

While we are on the subject of rice, we should give a nod to orzo, which is NOT rice, but pasta.  Orzo can substitute for rice in many recipes and it looks similar, like a fat version of rice.  The cooking method is boiling, like pasta, not absorption; you will drain off the cooking liquid. […]

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The Seven Pastas

Family traditions are one of the things that make your grown children want to come home for the holidays.  It’s what makes the memories.  I am not sure how this Christmas Eve tradition got started for us, but I think it was because my kids would both very happily eat pasta of any form, anytime.  […]

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Bucatini with Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce

I’ve been on a very low carb diet for 10 months now.  Lost a good amount of weight too.  For me, carbohydrates are a kind of poison-my body doesn’t process them well and it shows in my appearance and my numbers.  My lab numbers are now normal and that’s great but it also means pasta […]

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Fresh, Bright and Light Tomato Sauce

By now you are probably overwhelmed with tomatoes.  If you don’t have a friend who organizes a tomato war, as my older son did, you are probably wondering what to do with the bounty.  My suggestion is to invest in a food strainer-they run about $50, but if you want to utilize your tomato harvest […]

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Broccoli Rabe

In continuation of my series on leafy green vegetables, I give you BROCCOLI RABE! Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe: This is one of my favorite go-to dishes for a quick non-tomato weeknight pasta dish.  It utilizes broccoli rabe (aka rapini) which is a leafy green vegetable with tiny broccoli-like flowers.  It is slightly […]

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Gnocchi, Asparagus, Toasted Pistachios & Mint

This dish is NOT diet food, but is a fantastic first course for a holiday dinner, especially if you sprinkle some peeled, seeded and chopped tomato on top to finish the dish…a beautiful green and red combo. Gnocchi, Asparagus, Toasted Pistachios and Mint 1 lb Potato gnocchi (or make your own-see below) 1 C shelled […]

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