Cilantro Pesto

I don’t know about you, but I like to eat my pasta (not including the short pasta) with a fork and spoon. No knife. I like wrapping up the pasta around the fork and getting one big satisfying bite! This cilantro pesto is a burst of surprises! It’s surprisingly good, has a great hint-o-mint but…

Mushroom Pesto

Yeah I said it. Mushroom. Pesto. And then guess what else I did? I mixed tortellini with spinach penne (gasp!). In this little bowl I served up blasts of flavors coming at us from all directions. It’s not what you think. It’s not like all the flavors worked separate and hit our palate one at…

Classic Basil Pesto

Sometimes you have to just go back to basics; back to the ways of the old country, the way Grandma Pestolino would make it … Wait, what am I talking about? My old country involves tzimmes, shmaltz, kugel and bube’s. Nevertheless, we can all appreciate good pesto no matter where our ancestors came from. It…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I’ve been out of town for the past 10 days so I’m working on getting the blog back and running in the new year. In the meantime, I just received an email from WordPress saying that i had about 33,000 views to the blog in 2010! I was very proud and happy…

Wild Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna

When I plan our dinner menu each week one goal is to make sure we have at least one vegetarian meal. I may have mentioned that in this space before, but I wanted to remind y’all of how much we enjoy a break from meat. Now, I love a good hamburger. However, we often find…

Greek Orzo Salad

It’s picnic season! Everyone get out their checkered blanket, picnic basket, paper plates and perfect picnic foods. Actually, now that begs the question: what is the perfect picnic food? Sandwiches? Potluck? Chips and dip? Hot vs. cold? As you make up your mind, consider this delicious, easy, orzo salad. It can be made ahead, served…

Ginger Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy

With this recipe I begin a new goal of cooking more international cuisines. I also have a new found love of bok choy. I’m sure I’ve eaten it dozens of times in restaurants, but found myself somewhat hesitant to cook it myself. Why did I wait so long? Same goes for soba noodles. This one…

Simple Marinara Sauce

I really wanted to call this post ‘Killer Marinara,’ but I didn’t want to give the wrong impression about this sauce. It won’t kill you, but you will love it! I didn’t think a marinara sauce could be enough. I kept fretting over whether I should make a chicken parmesan or meatballs, but no, this…

Bolognese Sauce

This is the best Bolognese sauce I ever did make. Yes there’s this one. And yes, it’s really, really good. But this one right here is tremendously good. Seriously good. This is the first time I used a recipe to make Bolognese primarily because it included milk. I had never used milk in meat sauce…

Spaghetti and Meatballs

The 200th post!! Nothing more to say than watch the video below and be surprised! amazed! bedazzled! Ingredients Source: Me! 1 package spaghetti 1 jar tomato sauce 1 lb. ground beef 1/2 tsp. basil 1/2 tsp. oregano dash of red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp. thyme salt and pepper 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2-3/4 cup bread…

Tomato Pesto

My July-August Cook’s Illustrated magazine came in a few weeks ago and I swear I earmarked every single recipe in this edition! My first attempt at this set of recipes was a complete success. I learned pesto is more than a puree of basil and pine nuts. It can use a variety of vegetables, nuts…

Spicy Eggplant Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Whoa. Step back. This is dangerously good. A pasta sauce with a rockin’ spicy kick and delicious eggplant (don’t worry, no cucumbers were harmed in the making of this dish). Since the bits of eggplant and red pepper are bite size even the choice of penne (or other smaller pasta like rigatoni) works with developing…