Pasta with cream

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I feel like I’ve been failing in my duties as a blogger. This time last year, I was scouring the depths of the internet, cookbooks, food magazines and old standbys for the best summer recipes. Recently, I’ve only flipped through the food magazines that I get just so I can rip out a few recipes and ditch the rest of the magazine, stopping the pile from forming before it starts.

Cooking is still happening in my kitchen, there just aren’t many recipes being used, and when I do test out recipes that I think sound good, they aren’t good enough for me to want to share with you. Continue reading “Pasta with cream”

Spinach and ricotta pasta

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I completely botched a recipe. I guess that “completely” might be a bit of an overstatement, but it certainly felt that that way when I was trying to mix raw spinach into a pound of cooked pasta in a 3 quart saucepan. It seemed like a novel idea– the piping hot pasta would surely steam the spinach; my pot was just smaller than what I was supposed to use. I was wrong though. The test cooks at America’s Test Kitchen did not say to use the residual pasta steam to cook spinach. They really did plan you to make the pasta dish in a pretty easy manner. Continue reading “Spinach and ricotta pasta”

Martha Stewart’s perfect macaroni and cheese

macandcheese4 Okay, okay. Here I am, and I’m going to ruin any New Year’s resolution you might have had about eating healthy. I didn’t have a resolution*, so I am not to blame.

Although I’ve been lucky and it’s bright and sunny here rather than dreary, it’s cold, and I have to go to work, and it’s cold. Ben made me run outside with him a few days ago, and although I was prepared with my arsenal of winter running apparel, and wind spiked through the fabric to my legs and left them feeling prickly for several minutes as they adjusted to the happy, dry radiator heat. Continue reading “Martha Stewart’s perfect macaroni and cheese”

Quick tomato sauce

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This sauce might make your Italian grandmother cry. It’s effortless, and it has no heartwarming story. Being me, though, with absolutely zero drops of Italian blood pulsing through my veins and family members who think that pasta is one of those meals that you prepare when there is nothing else in the fridge, I’m not going to bother to console the weeping grandma. She needs to get with the times and make delicious tomato sauce that takes about half of an hour to throw together. No simmering for hours here– this is a great weeknight dinner when you want a home-cooked meal but just can’t put in the effort. Continue reading “Quick tomato sauce”

Spaghetti puttanesca

spaghettip3It’s finally time the time we’ve been waiting for all year: Farmer’s market tomato season. This week, I diligently went to the farmer’s market in front of my office, as I do every week, to check out the inventory. Today was the day. They had everything. Yellow squash, zucchini, peaches, peppers, cantaloupes and the prized tomatoes. I purchased four tomatoes, my hopes high with anticipation to see and eat the perfect, beautiful deep red fruit.

I went home, thinking only about tomato slices lightly sprinkled with salt, and sliced a tomato. After the first slice, my hopes and expectations came crashing down. The tomato was not the apex of summer but only slightly juicy and with whitish green spots throughout. I’m eating my farmer’s market tomatoes, but they’re not all I’d hoped for. I’ll try a different stand next week.

In the meantime, without my perfect tomatoes to satisfy my hunger, I had to actually cook something.

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Tomato and cucumber couscous

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My dad recently bought something online, and you know how sometimes you get special deals for things you don’t need when you purchase something online? Well, he fell for them and now has subscriptions to three travel magazines and two cooking magazines. He said they were only two dollars each for a year’s subscription, but I told him to be sure to unsubscribe after a year. Needless to say, my new-found cooking magazine subscriptions have brought me some inspiration.

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