Cabbage and Noodles

Krautfleckerl, Haluski or just plain cabbage and noodles, this is a popular, simple, quick recipe which is easy on the budget and can be made to your taste. Different countries, regions within those countries and even individual families have their own recipe. There are basic ingredients such as cabbage, egg noodles, and onions (you could … Continue reading

Ina’s Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

Doesn’t this pasta dish look delicious with sweet sausage and anise flavored fennel? In my recent Food Network Magazine this was one of the recipes and feeling the need for some comfort food I knew this had to be on my menu soon. This pasta dish is rich but you can use lower fat cream … Continue reading

Meatballs With Pureed Onions and Two Cheeses

I love meatballs of all kinds and have a few different recipes on my blog including my favorite to serve over pasta with my marinara sauce. If you would like a spicy recipe to use as an appetizer check out David Lebovitz’s recipe. I recently looked through Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s “My Perfect Pantry” cookbook and … Continue reading

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