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Kitchen Bootcamp Roundup – Potatoes

This month’s Kitchen Bootcamp challenge was to make a dish using the humble potato. While it may not be difficult to come up with something to make that utilizes potatoes, I hoped that the challenge would inspire some creativity.  And, it did! I was thrilled with the recipes that everyone came up with, and I look forward to trying all of them myself! Continue Reading

Easy Pasta with Vegetables

I’ve been meaning to share this quick and easy pasta recipe with you for a few weeks. I debated about whether or not it was too simple to share. And, it is a very simple recipe.  But, it’s recently become a favorite at my house, and after making it for dinner the fourth week in a row, I decided it needed to be shared.

You may find it hard to believe that this has recently become one of my husband’s favorite foods.  Of course, he’s a bigger fan of salads than I am, so maybe it’s not really much of a surprise.  It doesn’t really sound like “man food” since it is loaded with veggies, but he seems to really like it.  He’s been the one requesting that I make it week after week.  And, I’m not complaining… I like it, too.

Of course, I also love how simple this dish is to make.  In the time it takes to cook the veggies, you can cook the pasta to al dente.  Then, all you have to do is toss it all together and throw some freshly grated cheese on top. It’s really that fast and easy!

The other thing I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand, or whatever is fresh and in season.  I know I’ll be making this a lot over the summer when we have lots of fresh veggies from our CSA. You can play around with the pasta, too. My husband likes long noodles, so I’ve been using whole wheat thin spaghetti. But, whatever you prefer will be just fine.  Just be sure not to overcook the noodles. The pasta is a large part of the dish, so you want the texture to be just right! Continue Reading

White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale

This time of year we start to get kale in our CSA boxes on a fairly regular basis. I know a lot of you have probably tried the ever-popular baked kale chips, and you may love them… But, I really can’t say that I’m a fan.  Sure, if you add a lot of oil and salt, they taste alright, but I figure I’m better off using my kale in other ways.  I’m pretty sure the amount of fat and sodium in my kale chips outweighs any health benefits.

Once we start having chilly fall evenings, I tend to pull out my slow cooker, and I find myself adding kale to soups and sauces pretty frequently.  One of my favorite pairings for kale is white beans.  They just work so well together.  In fact, I’ve written about soup made with kale and white beans before… At least I’m consistent, right?

This recipe isn’t an exact duplicate for my previous soup recipe, though there are similarities.  My method was a bit different this time, and I think I actually liked the flavor of this soup better.  By browning the Italian sausage and then cooking the beans in the slow cooker all day in the sausage drippings and a rich chicken broth, the beans packed a lot of flavor. And, the house smelled great all day long, too! Continue Reading

Playing Around with Pesto (WFMW)

If you ask me, summer just isn’t the same without some fresh pesto… You can’t beat a fresh piece of crusty sourdough bread slathered with some pesto. I could eat that for dinner… And, I think I have on a few summer evenings!

We all love basil pesto… It’s a classic. But, there’s no reason to stop there… There are lots of other fantastic ingredients that result in fabulous and flavorful pesto!

I have to admit, though, that I rarely measure when I make pesto… So, instead of sharing a “master recipe” with you, I thought I would just give you a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.  There’s no recipe needed… Just throw a few things into a small food processor and give them a whirl.  I tend to like my pesto a bit thicker than some, but that’s the beauty of pesto… You can make it however you like.  It works for me, and I think it will work for you, too!

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Garlic Scape Pasta Primavera

Black plates on a wedding registry… Who does that?! Well, you’re reading her blog… And, you’ve probably seen said plates in many photos over the past few years!

Yes, my wedding registry included black dishes… Plates, bowls, a creamer set, and even a few platters. I definitely got a few raised eyebrows and lots of questions as the word spread.  But, I really loved those dishes.  My favorite were the big round dinner plates. I just love them. It turns out, though, that I may be the only one who feels that way!

Now, about six years later, there are only two of the big dinner plates left (it turns out the plates I chose are often prone to shattering!)… And, I seem to be the only one who is saddened by that fact.  It turns out that even though I thought “we” were registering for plates, it was really only “me.” My husband has hated the plates from the day we got married until now.  They are round and slightly bowl-shaped, so he doesn’t like the way food slides into the middle.  That said, he will tolerate the plates for only two dinners – pasta and saalds.

Even though I have since developed a new collection of dishes (most of which are white, flat, and not at all bowl-like, for the record), whenever I make pasta, I tend to go searching for the bowl-plates. That’s what we call them now. There’s just something very comforting about sitting down to dinner big bowl-plate of pasta and a nice glass of wine. I’m hoping these last two plates never ever break!

This last time I brought out the bowl-plates, I made a simple pasta primavera with some of the garlic scapes we got from our CSA. See? I warned you about my love of garlic scapes. I love them as much as my black dishes… Maybe more. It’s a fresh and easy meatless dinner… And, you can use whatever veggies you have on hand! Continue Reading