macaroni and cheese – with a slight twist

I grew up on macaroni and cheese both in the homemade version and the boxed one. Both are comfort foods but it’s been years since I had the boxed one.  Every cook has their own version but is it possible to improve on a classic dish?  At first thought, no way, but after considering the…

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pasta salad with roasted chickpeas

I’ve had this package of multicolor farfalle (Italian for butterfly) pasta for weeks now and every time I open the pantry door, there it is, waiting for me to do something with it.  The colors of the butterfly pasta are all natural using beetroot, spinach, turmeric, paprika and black squid ink.  I wanted something special…

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pasta with haddock

I am the first to admit that we don’t enough fish (mea culpa).  The Mayo Clinic recommends two servings a week.  Some weeks we eat that and some weeks we don’t…especially when we’re on a vegetarian kick or the carnivore in me takes over.  The fish balance is a thin line for me.  I need…

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Pasta e Patate (pasta and potato)

Pasta e Patate - a quick midweek meal

Pasta e Patate is a recipe from a dear friend of mine.  I met Francesca in Singapore back in 2001.  I had heard glowing accounts of her Italian cooking classes and was eager to meet this culinary wizard.  Francesca did not disappoint.  Her kitchen was light and airy and her cheery disposition made all who…

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Smoked Salmon Spaghetti

Smoked salmon is well loved in our house.  It’s so versatile and delicious on scrambled eggs, as a creamy pâté, in sushi rolls, tarts, chowder or soups, blinis, quesadillas and so forth.  Some enjoy smoked salmon in spaghetti carbonnara which I was almost tempted to make but felt I wanted the salmon to be center…

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Crab Pasta with Lemon

Pasta is one of my go-to dishes when I am either pressed for time or not in the mood to cook. There are oodles of dried pasta varieties available, including a good selection of gluten-free, making it a versatile staple most cooks have in their cupboards.  I had a package of cooked imitation crab meat…

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Chanterelle Mushrooms with Pasta

chanterelles with pasta

The glorious golden child of the mushroom world, chanterelles, have a short growing cycle and are only available July through to September.  Their deep yellow color (think apricot), a trumpet-like shape, and hints of sweetness can be easily enjoyed simply by sautéing in butter and dressed with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  I did…

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Roasted Cauliflower with Linguine

It seems like a such long time since we last had linguine.  The cauliflower in the fridge had been carefully selected for another dish but I wasn’t in the mood and decided last minute to make this.  I always have a bottle of capers and anchovies in the fridge so all that was needed was…

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Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

Is it possible to improve the flavor of a family classic dish such as macaroni and cheese?   I didn’t think it was.  I’m a Martimer through and through and love seafood.  Boiled lobster dinners were a family tradition where I grew up…fresh lobster boiled, cut opened and gorgeous chunks of heavenly meat dunked in hot…

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My Husband’s Bolognese Sauce

Where to begin?  When John and I were dating, the first meal he ever cooked for me was his bolognese sauce tossed with penne.  I remember to this day how wonderful his condo smelled and how neat it was!  My husband was and still is a neat freak…not that I am at all complaining.  For…

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