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Lemon, Sage and Asparagus Rigatoni

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 […]

Bacon and Beet Fettuccine

This recipe is a bit of an adaption from a favorite Mario Batali recipe from Mario’s before The Chew Molto Mario show. Molto Mario was a great show that showcased how simple it is to make amazing Italian pasta that often featured a couple key tips: 1.) Use fresh pasta not dried 2.) Don’t over […]

Pappardelle in Red Wine Beef Ragu

Sunday night is always a special evening when it comes to cooking.  Not only is it the last evening before the work week where I can spend more time preparing and cooking a meal.  It is also a time to enjoy some twitter chat with fellow foodies on #SundaySupper chat. Tonight they were doing recipes […]

Orzo with Walnut Pesto, Olives and Feta

I’m only a week away now from ending my time cooking at the hotel.  The house is ready August 1st and while I’ve enjoyed the challenge of making meals with a limited kitchen I am excited about having a full kitchen soon. If you haven’t figured it out, it’s fairly easy making pasta in a […]

Linguini with Pancetta and Golden Beets

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 […]

Chanterelle Mushroom Cream Linguini

I had a great early afternoon at the Studio City Farmer’s Market today.  Our family had stopped here about a year ago when we were in town visiting family and taking the boys to Disneyland on that trip for their 5th Birthday.  It was one of the things I was most excited about when I […]

Pappardelle with Leeks, Sugar Snap Peas and Lemon

Here is a simple, light spring pasta dish that is a departure from the typical heavy red or cream sauce. The sauce here is pretty light that is if you consider a half a stick of butter light? It might be better to say it tastes light.  The lemon, sugar snap peas, and leeks do […]

Mario Batali’s Mint Love Letters

  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

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 […]

Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

A slow cooked pot roast, spicy chili, or a bowl of macaroni and cheese all say winter comfort food to me.  On a cool 65 degree day here in a Dallas, I was craving a hearty dish of mac and cheese.  My wife had come across a recipe from the blog White on Rice Couple. […]