Pasta

 BUCATTINI CACIO E PEPE

 BUCATTINI CACIO E PEPE

 BUCATTINI CACIO E PEPE This is a simple, quick, delicious pasta dish. All you need is pasta, olive oil, Parmesan, Romano Pecorino cheese and plenty of cracked black pepper. Of course, I have to embellish the presentation a bit because I think eye appeal is so...

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PASTA FAGOLI!

PASTA FAGOLI!

FROM "FOOD FOR THOUGHT" Beans are “heart healthy” and contain an abundance of soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They are loaded with nutrients our bodies crave, such as vitamin B, calcium, potassium, and folate. They are also low in...

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PASTA WITH FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

PASTA WITH FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

Fresh Roma Tomato Sauce 16 (approximately 2-1/4 pounds) Roma (Italian plum) tomatoes 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 8 scallions, chopped 1/4 cup white wine 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces of your favorite semolina pasta Freshly grated...

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Light Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Light Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Pasta with Fresh Peas 4 to 6 servings I happen to love peas, and with this recipe for spaghetti carbonara I get plenty! I also love light—not heavy—creamy sauces. I often end up with a stomachache if I eat a sauce that’s too rich. This recipe has a wonderful balance...

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PEA PASTA

PEA PASTA

PEA PASTA! The season for garden peas lasts from spring through the beginning of winter. Not only are they delicious, but green peas also provide nutrients that are important for maintaining bone health, such as vitamin K. They also contain magnesium; vitamins C, A,...

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TRATTORIA MOLLIE

TRATTORIA MOLLIE

Montecito Restaurant Find When ever I head up to Montecito in California where I live I always stop at my favorite restaurant Trattoria Mollie. It is one of my all time favorite places to dine. On many occasions I drive up there to have lunch or dinner with friends....

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Linguine and Clams

Linguine and Clams

  I can’t tell you how many countless times I’ve reached into my pantry to make this pasta. It is one of my go to favorite dishes when I need to prepare a meal quickly and it is an elegant dish to serve for a dinner party. You would never believe that some of the...

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Pasta Broccoli

Pasta Broccoli

One of my favorite go to meals! It’s ready in 20 minutes and is perfect for lunch or dinner. In the winter I leave some of the pasta water and because it is flavored with olive oil and garlic it turns into a satisfying hot bowl of soup! In summer I serve it for brunch at room temperature!

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MACARONI & CHEESE WITH TRUFFLE OIL (OR NOT)

MACARONI & CHEESE WITH TRUFFLE OIL (OR NOT)

Everyone's all time favorite, Macaroni & Cheese, just saying those words makes you smile. It's the ultimate comfort food. I love my Mac & Cheese creamy inside with a crispy crunchy top. I prefer not to bake the macaroni and cheese in the oven which has a...

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PASTA WITH BROCCOLI RABE AND SWEET ITALIAN SAUSAGE

PASTA WITH BROCCOLI RABE AND SWEET ITALIAN SAUSAGE

ORECCHIETTE WITH BROCCOLI RABE AND SWEET ITALIAN SAUSAGE! This is an easy dish to prepare and I serve it all year round. Many different flavors and textures to enjoy in this dish enhanced by the fruity extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I serve it often ...

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Angel Hair With Olive Oil & Lemon!

Angel Hair With Olive Oil & Lemon!

ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH OLIVE OIL AND LEMON! Serves 6 This is one of my favorite pasta recipe for a light lunch or dinner, it's also one of the easiest and only takes less than 20 minutes to make. You experience lovely clean flavors from the extra virgin olive oil, the...

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Tomato Sauce In The Raw

Tomato Sauce In The Raw

Tomato Sauce in the Raw! I got this recipe from Sony Bono many many years ago when he had a restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles called, “BONO”. I use to love going there on a Friday night after a hectic week. He always greeted you with a great big mustached...

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PASTA WITH TURKEY MEAT BALLS

PASTA WITH TURKEY MEAT BALLS

PASTA WITH TURKEY SAUSAGE MEATBALLS Delicate meatballs made with turkey sausage!       I find using only turkey sausages to make meatballs they come out lighter and tastier then beef meatballs. You don’t have to add a lot of seasonings to the mix because the meatballs...

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SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI IN LEMON SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE

SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI IN LEMON SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE

SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI IN LEMON SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE When we were on our family vacation in Italy where we enjoyed the heavenly cuisine, I ate some form of  pasta, risotto, gnocchi or ravioli every day. I especially enjoyed the ravioli dishes. Long gone are the...

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FIVE MINUTE TOMATO SAUCE

FIVE MINUTE TOMATO SAUCE

Tomatoes are a powerful anti-oxidant and contain a lot of vitamins A and C, mostly because of beta-carotene. These vitamins act as an anti-oxidant, working to neutralize dangerous free radicals in the blood stream that can damage cells. The more red the tomato, the...

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PESTO WITH FARFALLE PASTA

PESTO WITH FARFALLE PASTA

PESTO 4 to 6 servings INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts 1 bunch fresh basil (about 3 cups), rinsed and spun dry 1 bunch Italian parsley (about 2 cups), rinsed and spun dry 1 garlic clove peeled 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1-1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil 8 ounces...

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RISOTTO WITH FRESH ENGLISH GARDEN PEAS AND ASPARAGUS

RISOTTO WITH FRESH ENGLISH GARDEN PEAS AND ASPARAGUS

Authentic Risotto like you would get if you were in Italy!  Fresh garden peas in the pod are at their sweet peak of flavor in the spring and summer. I combined the risotto with the fresh snappy green goodness of asparagus. I'm not going to lie and say this is a quick...

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PAPPARDELLE PASTA WITH BOLOGNESE SAUCE

PAPPARDELLE PASTA WITH BOLOGNESE SAUCE

 Pappardelle Pasta with Bolognese Sauce  8 to 10 SERVINGS This is an authentic thick, hearty meaty sauce that my grandfather use to make. It’s great with any pasta, but my favorite is pappardelle. My grandfather would make fresh pappardelle, and I thought it was the...

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What To Do With All Those Summer Tomatoes!

What To Do With All Those Summer Tomatoes!

I love fresh tomato especially in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak of flavor there is nothing better! This is all a part of "Food for Thought" you should include in your diet for heart, brain, and gut health! I am trying to make everyone aware, one recipe at...

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SUMMER FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

SUMMER FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

                                                             SUMMER FRESH TOMATO SAUCE     I am always so excited for the summer months of July and August. This is when all of the summer fruits and vegetables are at their peak. Vine ripened, sweet, and full of...

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