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How to Make Macaroni Salad with Wheat Crackers & Cheese + Dessert Wrap: School Lunch Ideas
Sep18

How to Make Macaroni Salad with Wheat Crackers & Cheese + Dessert Wrap: School Lunch Ideas

Macaroni Salad with Wheat Crackers & Cheese is a great lunch for the kids to bring with them to school, plus send them with a Dessert Wrap to finish it off. Most children enjoy pasta hot or cold, with spaghetti sauce or in a salad, and for that reason, when you serve macaroni salad at dinner, it’s a good idea to save some for school lunch the next day. Macaroni Salad with Wheat Crackers & Cheese: Type: School Lunch...

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How to Make Mom’s Macaroni Salad: Memorial Day Celebrations
May21

How to Make Mom’s Macaroni Salad: Memorial Day Celebrations

Mom’s Macaroni Salad is one of our Summertime favorites, especially at family get-togethers and parties. Actually, just reading the recipe makes me hungry for it. How To Make Mom’s Macaroni Salad: Our family is always pleased to have a nice bowl of macaroni salad at BBQs or gatherings. Yours will be too. Type: Salad Recipe Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 15 min Yield: 8 – 10 servings Ingredients: 6 cups of uncooked...

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It’s National Pasta Day: Try Fettuccine with Cream Sauce
Oct17

It’s National Pasta Day: Try Fettuccine with Cream Sauce

It’s National Pasta Day and we’re going to have a great time eating it too… Pasta in every style of cuisine offers a rich addition to our cooking history with Italian & Asian being most prominent contributors. Pasta invites any number of sauces to carry and add to untold flavors. From dried to homemade pasta, they are all delicious dishes. Generally, count on 4 – 5 ounces per person, when serving as a main...

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National Noodle Day: Oodles of Noodles
Oct06

National Noodle Day: Oodles of Noodles

Every culture, past & present, has an ethnic love of noodles. Such noodle dishes include lo mein, spaetzle, pastas like linguine & penne, dumplings and more. These dishes make up one of the richest & largest categories of the world’s cooking history. There is no doubt that Italy has made the greatest contribution to noodle history. Pasta, the Italian word for noodles, has become part of our every day language, as...

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Facts on Pastas & Noodles: National Pasta Month
Oct01

Facts on Pastas & Noodles: National Pasta Month

National Pasta Month brings with it an innumerable amount of noodle recipes to keep you going for years. Whether it’s classic Fettuccine with Cream Sauce or Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli, as well as large baked stuffed shells or lasagna, it’s all so unbelievably tasty. In this day and age, pasta is available in many forms, ready to use and convenient to purchase from your grocer. Quick Pasta Facts: Pasta can be bought...

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How to Form Gnocchi Pasta
Aug28

How to Form Gnocchi Pasta

Gnocchi is a dish I truly enjoy eating, as well as making at home from scratch. Not only does it allow you to make “a bit of a mess” in your kitchen, but the quality and flavor you are able to achieve at home are amazing, and well worth the effort you’ll need to put forth to making great gnocchi. The video I am providing below does not outline the recipe for gnocchi. It depicts how to form gnocchi pasta from the...

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How to Cook Brown Rice Spaghetti with Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, Bacon & Basil
Aug27

How to Cook Brown Rice Spaghetti with Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, Bacon & Basil

I was looking to make a quick pasta dinner this evening and wasn’t sure what kind of sauce I’d make… …So, I figured I’d start the pasta and decide while it cooked. I picked some fresh basil from my garden, sliced up some mushrooms, quartered some cherry tomatoes and crumbled up some bacon, added a bit of olive oil and butter to the mix and topped it all off with Parmesan cheese. The pasta I chose was a...

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Pappardelle with Oxtail in Light Stewed Tomato Sauce – What Did Kimberly Eat?
Feb09

Pappardelle with Oxtail in Light Stewed Tomato Sauce – What Did Kimberly Eat?

Last night, I had one of the most delicious pasta dishes I’ve had in a while, aside from the Gnocchi with Porcini Mushrooms in Cream Sauce I had the night before. I had Pappardelle pasta in a stewed tomato sauce with Oxtail & fresh peas. It was perfectly done, right from the al-dente pappardelle pasta, which is one of my very favorite long shaped pastas (it’s like big, long ribbons of pasta), but the oxtail was tender...

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Why My Favorite Pasta Shape is Linguine
Dec29

Why My Favorite Pasta Shape is Linguine

I think everyone has a particular shaped pasta they prefer over others… Some people prefer short pasta shapes, some prefer long pasta shapes, some have one of each! Well, I just thought I’d share my favorite pasta type. By far, I prefer Linguine! Linguine is a long pasta shape, as you can see in the photos above. Why do I love Linguine? I love that it is long and you and you can twirl it on your spoon to eat it – so...

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How to Cook Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli
Feb01

How to Cook Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli

Today is Day 4 of our One Month Grocery Shopping Strike. For dinner tonight, I’m making Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Tomato Sauce from scratch…except for the won-ton wrappers I’m using from our freezer as the ravioli pasta dough. This squash recipe is a little involved, but well worth the work – it is absolutely amazing, healthy & even vegetarian…Probably my family’s favorite meal of...

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How to Cook Impromptu Linguine with Meatballs: Cupboard Cooking
Jan31

How to Cook Impromptu Linguine with Meatballs: Cupboard Cooking

This is one of the meals we created during our One Month Grocery Shopping Strike! We had everything in the house already, except onions, which is fresh produce we are allowed to use in this challenge. It was delicious, nutritious and helped us clean out our pantry cupboards! Try it – it’s easy to cook too. Type: Pasta Recipe Serve with: Garlic Bread, if desired and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese Prep time: 5-10 min Cook...

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How to Cook Pasta Video
Jan12

How to Cook Pasta Video

Pasta is a staple in our cultures…it’s not just for Italians. Almost every culture has some form of pasta they prefer and love! It’s important to understand how to properly prepare it to eat with the proper taste, texture and done-ness. Here’s a great video from the Rouxbe Cooking School to outline pasta basics: Rouxbe Online Cooking School & Video Recipes Great tips!!! Here’s a few more from...

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Don’t Rinse Your Pasta: How to Cook Pasta

When you’re cooking pasta, don’t rinse it afterward when you drain the water off. Why? If you do, you rinse of the starch that will hold your sauce on the noodle. Plus, you’ll cool down the pasta to a much lower temperature, even if you rinse it in warm water. So, just drain your pasta in a colander or strainer, pour it back into your pan or pot and drizzle olive oil or melt some butter into it until you finish...

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