The 12-Mile Dinner

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Our truly locavore meal featured a Blueberry-Mint Lemonade, Sautéed Padron Peppers, a Spring Pasta with a Butter-Wine Sauce, and Fresh Blueberry Crumble. You are getting four recipes today for the price of one! . . . → Read More: The 12-Mile Dinner

Broccoli, Grape and Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

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Broccoli, Grape and Whole Wheat Pasta Salad: The perfect accompaniment to our Easter ham. Welcome to April’s Secret Recipe Club Post. . . . → Read More: Broccoli, Grape and Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Peperonata Chicken Pasta

Peperonata Chicken Pasta

Here is a delicious main dish for February’s Secret Recipe Club. . . . → Read More: Peperonata Chicken Pasta

Pasta BBT

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BBT stands for Bacon, Basil and Tomato! Keep reading for a fun fall stopover too. . . . → Read More: Pasta BBT

Summer Orzo Salad

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I have a couple of great aunts that are my idols.   Both are in their mid and upper 80s.    Both still live on their own and you truly need to get on their social calendars months in advance if you want to go to lunch with them.    Between bridge, church projects, volunteering, etc., they are . . . → Read More: Summer Orzo Salad

Pasta Puttanesca

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The next course after the charred octopus was Chef Marcus’ take on Pasta Puttanesca.    Puttanesca can be loosely translated to “spicy like a prostitute” and most puttenesca sauces are spicy.    Chef Marcus switched it up a bit with his rendition.

(This post is the next installment of our Modern Italian Cuisine Cooking Class with Chef . . . → Read More: Pasta Puttanesca

Whole Wheat Pasta with Garlic Two Ways

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Pasta inspired by “The Shape of Water,” a novel of murder and intrigue and this round’s Cook the Books pick. . . . → Read More: Whole Wheat Pasta with Garlic Two Ways

More OCD Recipes: Chicken Tetrazzini

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One of the first contests I entered, I won.    But, let me clarify.   It was a “Fan Favorite” contest.    It was sponsored by the 92nd Street Y in NYC and I am sure that they were perplexed as to why a bunch of Okies were voting for Loaded Baked Potato Mac ‘n Cheese.

I recruited . . . → Read More: More OCD Recipes: Chicken Tetrazzini

Tequila Chicken with Jalapeno Cream Sauce

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On our recent trip to KC, I picked up some Pappardelle’s pasta and was most excited to try the black bean/chipotle pasta.   I based this recipe on one from their website for Chipotle Black Bean Tagliatelle with Tequila Lime Sauce.    I wanted to highlight the many jalapenos we are still getting from the . . . → Read More: Tequila Chicken with Jalapeno Cream Sauce

Alone in the kitchen with leftover eggplant…

Dinner is served.   Luckily by this point I was not alone in the kitchen anymore.

The title of this post is an allusion to an essay in Laurie Colwin’s book Home Cooking, a book that Cook the Books Club recently featured.     Colwin’s ‘s essay is actually entitled “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant” and I referenced it in my latest CTB post.

This recipe is another homage to the late . . . → Read More: Alone in the kitchen with leftover eggplant…