Asparagus Risotto

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I love risotto.  It is incredibly flexible where a wide variety of combinations can combine to create some amazing dishes.  In fact, last month when I was in Chicago for work I was in a cooking competition. Our team had flank steak, bell peppers, and potatoes as our ingredients. I led our team choosing between [...]

Lemon, Sage and Asparagus Rigatoni

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Fresh pasta is one of those things that sounds time consuming, especially on a work day evening. It certainly can be but there are ways to reduce the time and my secret weapon is the KitchenAid mixer with the pasta extractor accessory. The pasta dough is simple to make and then a small ball of [...]

Linguini with Pancetta and Golden Beets

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Pasta dishes are a great option for hotel cooking. They require only a couple pans and Extended Stay America’s kitchen came with a rather large strainer, showing someone thought a simple pasta makes sense for small kitchen cooking. Last night I modified a recipe I usually make with Pancetta and Parsnips and Taglietti noodles. I had [...]

Mario Batali’s Mint Love Letters

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  If you are ever in New York City, I highly recommend Babbo.  It’s an Italian restaurant from celebrity chef Mario Batali.  It’s amazing.  I say Mario is a “celebrity chef” but he is the real deal and is by far my favorite chef. His approach to Italian food that used to be featured in [...]

Mushroom Pasta Divine

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Since moving from Michigan, I have definitely missed the bounty of fresh pasta I could buy at Ventimiglia Italian Market. Tired of the occasional dry pasta I decided it was time to take action and by action I mean using some of my American Express member reward points to do some Williams Sonoma shopping. A well-reviewed pasta [...]

Butternut Squash Risotto

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Alright I have a confession, I’m really a pathetic food blogger. Basically all I do is checkout Emily Levenson’s food blog, make what she makes, take a couple photos and then link to her site.  If you haven’t gotten the hint yet, you should be following Emily’s blog. (You should keep reading mine too, since [...]

Focaccia Bread (or Pizza Dough)

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Pizza Dough or Focaccia (makes 2 — 12” rounds) 2 packets “rapid-rise” active dry yeast 1 cup warm water (105 – 110 degrees) 2 teaspoons sugar 6 cups all-purpose flour* 2 teaspoons salt 4 tablespoons olive oil In a bowl, proof the yeast by mixing yeast, warm water and sugar. Let stand until it becomes [...]

Who Knew a UK Clothing Site Would Have a Great Italian Recipe

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Boden is wonderful UK clothing website where we buy quite a few outfits for our twin boys. They have some great clothing and recently we picked up some fantastic swim trunks for the boys since we are spending a lot of time at the University Park community pool – one of the best benefits of [...]

Two-Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Tarragon (and future tweaks)

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I will occasionally get an email from my wife requesting quote – You should make this – end quote. Well last week I received another email (in fact two) and finally got around to making a pasta dish from Martha Stewart’s website. It’s a good thing I didn’t get this particular recipe sent to me [...]