passatelli with parmigiano cream & balsamic vinegar

passatelli

A pasta made from breadcrumbs?  Umm, yep!  When I was preparing this, Mr. S was dubious but one bite and all doubts were erased. Passatelli hails from Italy’s Emilia Romagna region. This frugal traditional Italian dish is made with stale bread, Parmigiano Reggiano, eggs, and lemon zest. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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fish pasta

fish pasta

Ever wondered what to do with leftover cooked fish?  For the record, I am not a fan of eating day-old cooked fish.  However, Mr. S is and he enjoys constructing a cold fish sandwich…eww!  However, this fish pasta has changed my view.  Last week I was in the mood for pasta but didn’t fancy a…

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creamy baked spaghetti with leeks and anchovies

baked spaghetti

Who doesn’t like a one-pot pasta dish?  This isn’t my first time making baked spaghetti and definitely won’t be the last.  I am always drawn to dishes that include anchovies and this baked spaghetti is a keeper!  I made it for two consecutive days, that’s how delicious it is! TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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pasta with olive sauce and pangrattato

pasta with olive sauce

As a kid and for that matter a young adult, I despised olives!  To me, they just tasted like salt with a whole lot of bitterness.  That food memory stayed with me for a very long time.  It was only 20 years ago that I began to enjoy these fruits.  My first bite was a…

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poppy seed pappardelle with sage & prosciutto

poppy seed pappardelle with sage & prosciutto

If you have eaten herbed laced pappardelle, then you’re gonna love it with poppy seeds.  Making pasta is easier than you think and therapeutic, too!  Kneading the dough helps to unwind from the day and acts as a vehicle to vent any frustration.  From the time it takes to mix, knead and let the dough…

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pasta and fiddleheads – hello spring!

pasta and fiddleheads

Ever take a walk in the forest in the Spring and notice young shoots of unfurled ferns?  If you have, it’s a fern getting ready to open up.  Before the fern opens it’s called a fiddlehead (resembles the scroll end of a violin).  It is at this stage when the fiddleheads are picked and cooked. …

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pasta with basil sauce

pasta with basil sauce

After three weeks overseas, I am happy to be back home.  Mr. S and I love to travel almost as much as we enjoy being in our humble abode.  When away, I encounter (stumble upon) new ways to dress up old dishes.  Stumble upon; another word perhaps for getting lost.  Not that we are frequently…

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tuna noodle casserole

ultimate comfort food, tuna noodle casserole

I don’t know why, but of late I am drawn to nostalgia and in particular food.  This nostalgic feeling is all good and although I am not one to dwell in the past, there’s something so familiar about comfort food that pulls me back to my childhood.  In the 1950s and well into the ’70s…

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sorrel with pasta and pork

sorrel with pasta

As a regular reader, you know how much I love our local farmers’ markets.  There’s always something new and interesting.  I have my favorite vendors I like to visit and one, in particular, is Offbeat Farm.  Sarah and Jamie are an energetic and enthusiastic couple and they love what they do – farm on less…

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sautéed purple cabbage with pasta

Do you ever wish you could turn back time?  I do, not to alter events but to be more inquisitive with my elders thus being able to pass the story-telling torch onto my children.  My great, great paternal grandmother, Anna Marie Schmeltzer (Nanny Kent), died when I was 11 – she was 86.  My memories…

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