Pasta Cacio E Pepe (Pasta With Cheese and Pepper)

Only a few ingredients and such a perfect dish to serve for a quick and simple weeknight dinner.  A  nice salad and maybe some good homemade bread and you have a meal. The key is in the pasta water and how you cook the sauce so your cheese does not solidify into clumps. Bucatini pasta is an … Continue reading

Cauliflower and Pasta Shells in a Fontina Cheese Sauce

I recently received Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, “Cooking for Jeffrey”. I mean how sweet is this to publish recipes she cooks for Jeffrey and  their friends.  Now why didn’t I think of that – “Cooking for Gene” hmmmm 🙂 This is Ina’s 10th cookbook and yes I have the other 9. She is a New York … Continue reading

Capellini with Burrata, Prosciutto, Tomatoes and Basil

While looking through my reader I came across this pasta recipe from Johanne https://frenchgardenerdishes.com/2016/09/08/late-harvest-pasta-with-creamy-burrata-and-salami/ The Burrata cheese caught my attention and I had to explore further. This cheese resembles a fresh  Mozzarella ball, but when you cut into you will discover a very rich filling of soft Mozzarella pieces soaked in heavy cream. You heard … Continue reading

Lobster Mac and Cheese

I love macaroni and cheese and this dish is probably one, if not the best, comfort food I could eat all year round.  Occasionally you need to kick up your macaroni and cheese by adding a special ingredient like seafood. Ina Garten has upgraded the typical mac and cheese by adding lobster to it.  Lobster is pretty … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Noodle Salad

Pasta is so good in many dishes, from a spicy  marinara sauce to an Asian inspired pasta salad such as this recipe. I have adapted this from Ina Garten’s, “Crunchy Noodle Salad”. I love pasta and especially with a peanut butter sauce! See also Weight Watcher’s Asian Sesame Noodle. I’m rather late but I did … Continue reading

Baked Spaghetti

This is a version of a dish my Mom use to fix for us four kids when we were growing up. A casserole with spaghetti, meat and a flavorful sauce. I don’t remember any cheese in Mom’s baked spaghetti but that ingredient is a definite plus. I’ve noticed various versions of Baked Spaghetti recipes appear … Continue reading

Matcha Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower

Just by reading the name of this recipe you suspect it might  be good for you. I know I go from 12 tbsp. of butter in New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp to this healthy version of mac and cheese but I do believe in diversity, trying everything and keeping things in moderation. Way back when Fae … Continue reading

Pasta al Pomodoro with Black Gold

This is a tomato pasta dish usually prepared with pasta, olive oil, fresh tomatoes, basil and any other seasonings you might add, such as Parmesan Cheese.  The one special ingredient in this recipe is black garlic, or as I like to call it, “black gold”.  This is the first time I have used this amazing … Continue reading

Shrimp and Pasta in a Creole Cream Sauce

I can never get too much of this favorite seafood and I like it cooked all kinds of different ways.  From shrimp cocktail, a bisque, stir-fry or in a rich creamy pasta dish.  I like it grilled, roasted or even boiled in a good broth.  Once in awhile I do like to indulge in a … Continue reading

Ina’s Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

This is the last fresh tomato sauce from my small garden for the 2014 growing season here in Michigan.  I have had a bumper crop of tomatoes and my herbs always do well.   I have been busy using tomatoes with veggies, salads and sauces or just eating them on their own.  My herbs, such … Continue reading