Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto
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Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto

Between my herb garden and my CSA shares, I’ve been getting lots and lots of basil lately. That inevitably leads to pesto. I have a recipe I’ve been using for a while already posted on this site, but I like this version just a little bit more. It was given to me by a friend of mine. … Continue Reading →

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Chives
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I’m fortunate enough to work at a company with a full-service cafeteria. I’m not a big sandwich person. So on the mornings when I’m feeling too lazy to pack something for lunch, I can always purchase something from the cafe. The best days are when mac and cheese is on the menu. No, it’s not the healthiest dining choice I could make, but our cafeteria prides itself on serving “creamy and delicious” lunches. Now, while their mac and cheese is quite good, I knew I could do better at home. Granted, I don’t have to make anywhere near the quantities … Continue Reading →

Pan-Seared Scallops on Linguine with Tomato-Cream Sauce
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Pan-Seared Scallops on Linguine with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Lately it seems I don’t eat as healthy as I should, but I still love this recipe from the January 2003 issue of Cooking Light. It seems so indulgent with the cream and butter, but so little is used that you don’t have to feel guilty about it. I haven’t made it in a while, so I thought it would be a nice change from all those heavy holiday meals and leftovers I’ve been eating lately. I used a whole wheat pasta this time to make myself feel even better about it. It was perfect! Aside from the darker color, … Continue Reading →

Beef Stroganov
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Beef Stroganov

This recipe is adapted from the October 2001 issue of Gourmet. I’ve made some minor changes to both the ingredients and the cooking method. The original recipe claims this serves six, but I think you’d be left with six hungry people on your hands!  My husband and I finished it off with two helpings each.  Next time I make this I’ll double the recipe to have leftovers. Print Beef Stroganov Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 35 minutes Yield: 4 servings IngredientsFor the Stroganov 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 cup beef broth 1 … Continue Reading →

Fettuccine with Wild Mushroom Sauce
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Fettuccine with Wild Mushroom Sauce

I love when things just naturally come together. I recently bought myself the KitchenAid pasta roller attachment for my stand mixer, something I’ve been eye-balling for a long time. Then I scanned through this month’s issue of Bon Appétit and found a how-to article on making fettuccine. Since this was my first pasta-making attempt, I didn’t modify the recipe in any way. It was absolutely wonderful, although I’m now inspired to create my own flavored pastas. Turning a couple of pages I saw the recipe for Wild Mushroom Sauce. Are these people reading my mind? I did stray a bit … Continue Reading →