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Roasted Asparagus Pesto and Parmigiana with Pasta

A really simple, quick and delicious pasta dish. Continue Reading

Look What My Son Cooked for Me!

A couple of months ago I sent my son a text that went something like this: check out this link … we should do this for a party and by “we” I mean you since it requires patience and precision … oh, and it’s in German (I think), but the photos should be sufficient information.

And then I forgot about it until this weekend when Jim surprised me with a visit and dinner. Continue Reading

Polpettes di Salmone (Salmon Meatballs) in a Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce

Everyone loves spaghetti and meatballs, don’t they? I do too, but I like to play around with different approaches — always trying to make it lighter, healthier and a little more modern. Continue Reading

Kicking Off the Holidays with Lunch at the Beach and an Impromptu Dinner Party Featuring Squid Ink Pasta and Seafood

I just love “the holidays”, don’t you?  But, sometimes, things get a little hectic — like this week when I scheduled a holiday lunch at a beachfront restaurant on the same day I was supposed to meet 4 people for an early tapas dinner in a Spanish restaurant. Feeling sorry for me? Hah, I thought not. Continue Reading

The All-American Pie: Mac n’ Cheese, Apple and Bacon with an Apple-Chive Drizzle

I know. This is so un-FOODalogue-like.

But, remember Our Family Food Fight (see sidebar photo)? It had a brief revival Saturday night when my niece suggested a ‘mac n’ cheese’ throw down. Continue Reading

It’s All About Balance and Building Flavors: An Interesting Pasta Dish

It’s the way I like to eat … balanced food groups and balanced flavors. Pasta with cabbage may seem a strange combination to some. Stranger yet, perhaps, is the addition of raisins. But, trust me, it works. In fact, it more than works. Continue Reading

This May Be My New Favorite Pasta and a Couple of Secrets: Pasta Pissaladiere

Secret #1 is I’m not a big fan of onions. I eat them but they’re not a pantry staple in the FOODalogue kitchen. It’s just not a ‘go to’ ingredient for me. For salads and many dishes, I prefer to use scallions or chives. But, I had a large vidalia onion and I wanted to use it up in one dish.

Once I got the idea for this pasta, I couldn’t get in the kitchen fast enough. Continue Reading

Limiting Pasta Carbs | Linguine with Kale and Codfish Saffron Sauce

Yeah, this won’t win an award for food styling but, you can rest assured, it’s packed with flavor and tricks to limit starch while still enjoying a plate of pasta. Continue Reading

Creating Dinner Around a Tuscan Dish I Never Tasted – with no recipe!

Well, I mean, I’ve tasted variations of it but not the specific dish I’m talking about here.

Two years ago when my travel gal pals and I were in Tuscany, we had many memorable meals. Apparently, some more memorable than others. One such meal stuck in Maryann’s head because she hasn’t stopped talking about it. As she recalled, it was over-sized rigatoni stuffed with fish. I must have been at the other end of the table. I didn’t see it, I didn’t taste and I didn’t remember it.

When she mentioned it again recently, I thought “how difficult could it be?” And then I said,  “Come on over and I’ll make it“. Continue Reading

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