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

Limoncello Vinaigrette

I seem to be on a roll using Limoncello in recipes – I guess you can tell I just love it. This vinaigrette is a perfect combination of sweet (Limoncello), tart (lemon juice and zest) and fiery (red pepper flakes). This recipe from Genius Kitchen would also be delicious with seafood. I served this fresh … 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

Capellini with Burrata, Prosciutto, Tomatoes and Basil

While looking through my reader I came across this pasta recipe from Johanne 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

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

Ina’s Baked Shrimp Scampi

This was the main course on New Year’s Eve in my home.  I have so many shrimp recipes, did I really need another one?  The answer was yes as it was different from any I have already posted.  Then it was one of Ina’s recipes, I have all 9 cookbooks of hers, will I ever … 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