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Category Archive: Pasta

Marvelous Mushroom Main Dishes

Do you like mushrooms? I love them! And there are so many ways to enjoy them like tossing them in a salad or on pizza, or making them a featured part of the dish like in these marvelous Mushroom Main Dishes.   Barbecue Lentil Mushroom Burgers   Chicken Fricassee Beef Stroganoff Mezetti Mushroom and Goat Cheese Ravioli …

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International Recipes for the Olympics plus Tasty Tuesdays

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio are right around the corner, so this week I compiled some fabulous recipes from across the globe to get you in the spirit.   I’d be here all day if I posted recipes from every country that will be participating in the Games, but I did my best …

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Mac and Cheese Muffins plus Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party

According to my trusty list of fun yet irrelevant holidays, July 14th is National Macaroni and Cheese Day. So for something a little different I made it to go with these Mac and Cheese Muffins. There’s nothing really complicated about baked macaroni and cheese, and I made it a bit faster by baking them in …

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12 Garlic Recipes for National Garlic Day plus Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party

April 19th is National Garlic Day. Another day another national food celebration. But this is garlic! The stinking rose. Definitely celebration worthy in my book. I use plenty of garlic in my day to day cooking and could have compiled a much longer list for you of great garlic recipes. Instead a culled it down …

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Easy and Delicious Mushroom and Goat Cheese Ravioli

I was thrilled with the winning ingredients for this month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge: mushrooms and goat cheese. The CIC is a blogging version of Chopped where we are assigned ingredients to make a dish and blog about it.  But in our version, no one gets chopped. We all get lots of ideas to make with the …

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Top Meatless Meals from February – Tasty Tuesdays Linky

I am always looking for new meatless meals, especially this time of year. One can only serve fish sticks and/or bean and cheese burritos so many Fridays during Lent before there is a revolt. Luckily last month the Tasty Tuesdays Contributors had some great ideas to inspire me. You might also like these posts Healthy …

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20 Recipes for Pancake Tuesday – Fastnacht – Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday is quickly approaching, and depending on where you are from, or your personal tastes, it can dictate the food choices on that last day before the fasting and abstinence begins. In England, Ireland, Australia and Canada it is Shrove Tuesday, with pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes. In German areas it is Fastnacht and gorging on donuts is …

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Photo A Day – Food Theme with recipes

This month Chantelle Elem at Fat Mum Slim changed up her normal Photo A Day prompts and assigned a letter to each day plus the numbers 1 through 5. You can take a picture of ANYTHING that symbolizes the prompt to you. As soon as I saw the list, I knew food was going to be the …

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Mezetti – Beef and Noodle Skillet Meal

Here’s a great one skillet meal that’s been in the family for years. Hearty, beefy stick to your ribs meal that cooks up in about 45 minutes, most of it hands off time, making it perfect for a weeknight. I have no idea where the name Mezetti came from, I assume it’s the name of the person that …

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Pesto Fries

I remember the first time I had Garlic Fries. I trudged all the way around Qualcomm Stadium asking everyone I saw with them where to find them. Then all the way back to my seat. But, oh my! was it worth it. It almost made up for the Chargers beating my Niners that day. Almost. But, …

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10 Pizza Inspired Recipes

Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza. You can mix it up in so many ways from varying the crust (thick, thin, gluten free, French bread, vegetables) to the sauce (tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, white sauce) and then there are the almost limitless toppings (only cheese, meat, vegetables, different cheeses, herbs, fruit, you name it!). But one cannot …

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Meatless Main Courses

Are you following us on Facebook? You are missing out if you aren’t. The other day I asked for people’s best Vegetarian / Meatless / Lenten meals and I got some delicious responses. Too bad you missed them.  Just kidding. Of course I am going to share them with you here too. You might also …

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Garlic Garlic Everywhere!

Another year, another missed Gilroy Garlic Festival. Some year maybe M won’t have summer school. But, if any of his campuses are offering him a class to teach at any time, he’ll take it! If you have never been to the Garlic Festival, put it on your Gotta Go list. Great music, fun arts/crafts sale, and INCREDIBLY …

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Pasta alla Vodka with Fresh Tomatoes

Most Pasta alla Vodka recipes I have seen use canned tomato sauce to make this delightful spicy creamy tomato pasta sauce. But if you are a gardener, you probabaly are facing an abundance of fresh tomatoes. If not, hit up a neighbor that may need to unload some or go to a farmers market. This recipe is quick …

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Summer Side Dishes

It is officially summer here in California as of 10:04 p.m. tonight! To me summer means grill time. Here’s a list of 21 great side dishes to go along with whatever you are grilling up. Salads Caesar Salad Claremont Salad Cold Celery Salad Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad Lime Gelatin with Pineapple and Cheddar Cheese Melon Pineapple Fruit …

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Barilla 4 Layer No Boil Lasagna

First things first, Barilla is NOT sponsoring this post. I just happen to like the recipe that used to be on the back of the box of their No Boil Lasagne. Now it is a new 5 layer recipe. I prefer this one, mostly because it fits better in my pan. Also, the new one …

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That time of year ALREADY?!

  This year is just flying by, I can scarcely believe it is already time for Mardi Gras/Pancake Tuesday and the beginning of Lent. I don’t have to much new to add since I have already posted some ideas for Mardi Gras and a few Pancake recipes as well as some meatless meal ideas in the past. Our Meatless …

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Here comes Peter Cottontail

Nope, it isn’t Easter season already – it is almost time to say goodbye to The Year of the Tiger and welcome The Year of the Rabbit. The Chinese New Year 4708 begins on February 3, 2011. The Internet has a plethora of information about the traditions of this holiday (Chiff.com and China Page were two I liked) including crafts …

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Big C Little c, What Begins With C?

Yes, I know I did that title already with “B”. But, as I was typing up the Carrot Cake Light recipe I realized I made a lot of things last week that begin with C: carrot cake cupcakes with pineapple cream cheese icing caramelized onion dip with crunchy pita chips candy cane heart confections chicken …

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Mele Kalikimaka

Wow! How did it get to be the week before Christmas already? Busy, busy, busy!  There were so many more recipes I wanted to post, cards I wanted to send, blogs I wanted to write, decorations I wanted to put up but I think my family, friends and I will be happier if I just slow …

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