Posts Tagged‘pasta’

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A Life from Scratch and Hot Algerian Lasagna

What was the last book you read that really left an impact? One of those books you picked up, read a few pages with every intention of setting it aside to move on to the next task, but, hours later found yourself immersed in the pages and wondering where time had gone? Those are the books I love. Every time I start something new I hope that it is one of those types of books. Often times I’m let down. But, the times I’m not, well those lead to wonderful reading experiences. I first learned about Sasha Martin a few…

Homemade Cheese Ravioli

Homemade Cheese Raviolis

“Mom, do you know what you should make for dinner?” What buddy? “Cheese ravioli. Do you remember how good those are? With lots of red sauce…no meat..” Yea, you’re right…I’ll make them one day when I have some extra time, ok? *two days later* “Did you have time yet? I’m going to write cheese ravioli on your meal plan, then you’ll have to make them.” Umm, ok sure I’ll make them I promise. *two more days later* “So mom, how about those cheese ravioli?” Me, silently thinking how have you not forgotten about these yet? Did I raise an elephant?…

Gnocchi and Marinara

Grandma’s Homemade Gnocchi and Easy Red Sauce

Leftover mashed potatoes have a special place in my kitchen. It began when I was a little girl and still today I always make more potatoes than I know we’ll eat. Because sometimes, the best things in life are better left for later. My grandma made a lot of homemade food and my sister and I were her helpers. Cookies, cakes, and pasta were the recipes of my childhood. But, our favorite thing to make and eat was gnocchi. The trick to making this is having mashed potatoes that are a day or two old. Sure, fresh mashed potatoes will…

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Manti for New York #FBS4Sandy

Last week I saw a post on Barbs’ blog Creative Culinary about a food blogger event to help raise money for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. I love the idea of sharing a recipe that brings comfort. I love even more the idea of doing something, even if it’s small to bring a little more awareness and maybe raise a little bit of money to help those in need. When I started to think about what I would make to share, the first thing that came to mind was manti.  Manti are a Turkish style dumpling.  They’re a bit like ravioli…

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Good News and Greek Stew

It seems that there are so many good things going on lately for me and this little blog.  I started this site in 2007 because my younger sister was always bugging me for recipes.  I am so happy that it has become so much more than just a recipe dumping ground!  Only a few days ago I posted about Multicultural Familia a new website and resource for multicultural families.  I am really enjoying being a site contributor and hope you’ve had a chance to visit the site too.  I’ve got a lot more great posts coming up. If you’re a…

Arabic Style Rice Pilaf

I’ve always wanted to give this style of rice a shot.  I’ve found that my family is more receptive lately to the idea of rice and other starches in place of bread.  That’s a good thing because I get really tired of so much bread!  This is my first attempt at an Arabic style rice and it turned out good!  As for the vegetables you can use anything you have on hand, or no vegetables at all.     >   In a large saute pan, add 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp garlic and 1/4 finely chopped onion.  Brown vermicelli…

Fettuccini Alfredo

I love pasta.  If you told me that all I could eat for the rest of my life was pasta I would hug you and have a huge smile on my face for the rest of my life.  I just love it that much.  So much to my chagrin, upon marrying my husband I discovered he didn’t like pasta, no he hated it.  Hated pasta?  It can’t be!  After many attempts I finally discovered that he didn’t hate fettuccini alfredo.  Score!  I’ve played with this recipe a lot and I think right now it’s pretty great.  Ingredients9 oz heavy whipping…