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Spaghetti Carbonara

I love to make this spaghetti carbonara recipe when I want a “wow” factor on the plate.  While the ingredients aren’t really different than in my normal carbonara recipes, for this version, I reserve the yolk of the egg, and serve it nested in the finished spaghetti.  Served with that raw yolk on top, my guests can break it, and mix it in with their pasta to form that delicious rich sauce.  In

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Spaghetti with Fava Beans

I end up cooking pasta for dinner a fair amount.  And while I love to make the traditional pasta recipes, like spaghetti and meatballs, many of which I grew up on, those traditional recipes can take a long time to make.  And "a long to make" don't jive with a weeknight schedule.  So I love to have a few techniques in my back pocket that allow me to take fresh ingredients, treat them simpl

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Blue Cheese Mac 'n Cheese

One of my favorite comfort foods is Macaroni and cheese…but it’s also one of my more sophisticated foods too.  Because you can use some many different cheeses and “extras” in mac ‘n cheese, you can really mold the dish in different ways.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make the dish a bit more “elegant” with the addition of blue cheese and apples.  I actually took this dish from a rest

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Asparagus Risotto with Lemon

In my continuing quest to eat every spear of Asparagus grown in Northern California this Spring, I decided to make an Asparagus and Lemon Risotto.  As I’ve said before, I love a good risotto.  While they take a bit of time to make, it is a very simple process.  And when you have access to quality spring vegetables like asparagus, risotto is a great way to highlight them.  In this recipe video,

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Fettucini with Sausage & Fennel

A few years back, I was in a nice Italian restaurant that served those thin crust, super tasty, brick oven pizzas, and one of the pizza’s we got for the table was a fennel and sausage combination.  I know both ingredients are popular in Italian cooking, but I’m not sure I had them on a pizza before.  Well, several months later, I was thinking about pasta recipes, remember that pizza, and decide

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Growing up in my house, every November 19, was Pastisio night.  Why that day?  Well, that day is my birthday, and Pastisio was my absolute favorite.  And my saintly (of course saintly) Mom, always made it for me (despite at least one of my brothers hating it).  Not sure where the love of this Greek, casserole like, lasagna-ish, dish came from, but my mom had it in her cooking repertoire and I t

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Pappardelle with Pork Sugo

As kid, I didn’t know Pappardelle pasta even existed.  But a few years ago, I started to see it more often in the “upscale” restaurants I visited…and now I see pappardelle all the time.  Usually, these broadly cut pasta noodles are served with a rich meat sauce…and usually they are very very tasty.  Unfortunately, now that I have not only discovered, but also acquired a deep affection for pappa

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Stuffed Shells with Spinach & Cheese

I feel pasta dishes in general offer incredible opportunities to be creative in the kitchen.  Of course there are traditional classics that need no modification, but when you want to be creative, pasta offers a great blank canvas.

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Fettucini Pasta with Mushroom Sugo

We eat a lot of pasta for dinner in my house…it’s easy to make after getting home, and it’s filling, but best of all it’s easy to make a wide variety of different recipes without a ton of work in the kitchen.  Here is a recipe for a simple dish with an big name…Fettucini with Mushroom Sugo.   I’ve posted a pork sugo recipe on the site before which you may have seen, but this one is significantl

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Gnocchi with Pesto Cream Sauce

Gnocchi in pesto cream sauce is an Italian/American classic.  And in this recipe video I show you how to make it.  I haven’t made my own gnocchi, which would be the toughest part of this recipe, because there are a lot of good store bought options out there...and because I rarely have the time to make them.   The rest of the dish takes little more than 30 – 40 minutes to make, but it looks like

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