Pasta

Bolognese and Béchamel Layered Mini Lasagna

Words can’t describe this!  Total comfort food!  Not something you would make on a hot summer day but in the fall or winter this is so good!  I found these cool little lasagna shaped pasta noodles her in NYC.  They do have good Italian stuff here which makes up for the lack of good Mexican.  I wasn’t sure how to…

My Beloved Bolognese Sauce

A good Bolognese Sauce is such a comfort food for me!  I found this recipe in The Book of Pasta by Lesley Mackley back in the early 90s.  It was so delicious that I made it all the time and doubled, tripled and quadrupled the recipe, would save it in tupperware containers and pull it out to make lasagna or…

Lasagna

This lasagna isn’t particularly special other than it created a string of events that led to some other amazing discoveries in the kitchen.  This is the lasagna I made before going to see Wicked with my friend Elizabeth Muirbrook when she was in town during Easter break last year.  I had to hurry so I used jarred tomato sauce with…

Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Mushrooms

I bought this super long pasta that looked interesting.  I searched for a recipe for a sauce to go with it.  The sauce was good but nothing out of the ordinary.  The pictures give a pretty good idea of what is going on here.  I still prefer a bolognese type sauce with more carrots, celery and onion in the mix.…

Orecchiette with Basil Pesto, Cauliflower and Bacon

Henry and I learned how to make this in a Sur La Table cooking class together and have made this at least 4 times now.  Love this stuff! Orecchiette with Basil Pesto, Cauliflower and Bacon Basil Pesto: 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted 2 large bunches basil, stems removed about 2 ounces 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil…

Bechamel, Pasta and Keilbasa with Vegetables

Henry made this dinner while we were staying in our Laguna house on vacation.  I added the vegetables.  He learned how to make béchamel and added parmesan for the sauce.  I can’t remember the ratios for the béchamel but he did a good job.  It tasted great with the smoked sausage.  I hadn’t eaten that stuff for a long time.…

Riccioli Pasta with Caramelized Corn

This is the Riccioli pasta I found at Fairway that sat in my kitchen waiting for something interesting to happen with it!   I found this recipe online at Food and Wine.  Their recipe has you making the pasta from scratch and twirling the strands of homemade pasta around a knitting needle which sounds amazing but these store bought ones were…

“Peas and Prosciutto”

My kids call this “Peas and Prosciutto”.  It is a really easy and very delicious meal that everyone likes.  If you have everything on hand it is a no brainer.  You can use bow tie pasta if you don’t have gnocchi. First you put a package of prosciutto into the pan and I use scissors to cut it up.  Then…

Croatian Pasticada – Dalmation Pot Roast with Homemade Gnocchi

Wow!  Wow! Wow!  Well worth the effort!  This picture doesn’t do justice to the flavor inside there! This was so much work but so worth it!   I met a woman Anna from Belgium who is from Croatia on a river rafting trip in Costa Rica last week.  At lunch she was telling me about Croatian food and told me about…

Vegetable Soup over Handmade Ravioli

I like to make this when I need some seriously healthy nutrients in my body!  This has so much good stuff it is bound to cure you!  I usually don’t add the chicken but happened to have these boneless skinless thighs in my freezer that I needed to use.  I first browned them in olive oil and then added all…