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Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is one of the great American comfort foods. I think every kid around loves it, and most adults do too. But I rarely see friends make it at home. That’s a shame, because it’s really pretty easy to make. In this recipe video, I make a classic mac n' cheese, or at least what I consider classic

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Ravioli with Chicken and Sundried Tomato

With the right cooking techniques you can take simple, store bought ingredients and quickly turn them into something special.  Using prepackaged food is easy and can save you a lot of time.  In this recipe video, I do just that with some cheese ravioli, a left-over chicken breast and a jar of sundried tomatoes. 

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs is an Italian American classic, and I probably don't need to extol its virtues - but I will just a bit. When it comes to comfort food, spaghetti and meatballs has got to be near the top of the list. For me, it brings me simultaneously to my mother’s kitchen table, to the tiny little Italian restaurant I used to go to in college, and even to some of the fine dining restaurants I’ve been too over the years.

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Pasta Carbonara

I'm not sure if pasta carbonara falls just above or just below fettuccini alfredo on the "not great for you" scale, but I do know that it's delicious - and a little goes a long way, so you don't have to feel too guilty.  This dish has the perfect combination of salty and sweet, creaminess from eggs, and good texture from the pasta and bacon.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a pasta

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Italian Meatballs

There must be as many Italian meatball recipes as there are Italians.  So by no means am I going to say my meatballs are “the best” – especially since I don’t have any Italian in my blood.  However, I do think that I’ve got a great tasting version that is pretty simple to make.  Feel free to add your own ingredients and techniques, but this recipe should give you a great place to start.  FYI –

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Fettucini Pasta with Pork Sugo

Fettucini and Pork Sugo is one of my favorite pasta dishes.  I tend to make large batches of the pork sugo and store it in the freezer.  In this video, I’ll pulled some out and use it to dress some Fettucini.  I think this sauce goes awesome with long strand wide pastas like this.  You can either make your own, or obviously buy some

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Pork Sugo

I’m actually not sure where the word “sugo” comes from, or if there’s an official definition, but in my book a sugo is a pasta sauce that contains braised meat, and relatively little tomato.  Also in my book, is that it’s one of my all time favorite pasta sauces.  Here I’m making a Pork Sugo. 

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Mushroom Risotto

Too many of my friends are intimidated by cooking risotto, but in reality it’s not too complex.  You do have to pay attention to the cooking times, and it’s not a “set and forget” dish, but technically there’s not too much to master.  And once you have the basics – you can make thousands of different risottos.

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Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Sage brown butter sauce is an easy, classic preparation for pasta, and one of my gotos, especially in autumn.  It goes great with stuffed pastas like ravioli or tortellini filled with fall vegetables like squash or pumpkin.  It's also really easy to make, with just a few ingredients and less than 15 minutes of cook time.

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