Thai Beef With Onions, Peppers and Pad Thai Noodles

Often Asian cuisines, such as Thai versus Chinese,  have many of the same ingredients like ginger  or soy sauce. Also, there are some ingredients that set them apart. Like tamarind (it’s the secret ingredient of Pad Thai) or Thai long chiles. In this recipe I have used a number of typical Thai ingredients such as … Continue reading

Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Bucatini

This  shrimp recipe has been on my list (what shrimp recipe isn’t as I love, love this shellfish). Fra Diavolo is Italian for “Devil monk” or a spicy sauce for pasta or seafood. I’ve combined a few recipes I discovered in cookbooks and online and made this version my own. You can make this as … Continue reading

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