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Four-Cheese-Tomato-Sauce

Four Cheese Tomato Sauce

We recently hosted a dinner party for several of Dustin's co-workers. This was the first time I met one of Dustin's superiors and only the second or third time I met a few other co-workers. This also meant this was the first time I cooked for any of them. Oh -- did I mention Dustin [...]

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

This meal is so simple to make and creates such a complex balance of flavors. Dustin even loved it and he hates capers. I mean hates. Like they wronged him in a previous life or something. I often see Chicken Cacciatore served over some type of noodle, like egg noodles. But my current diet doesn't [...]

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garlic-stuffed-mushrooms

Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

Since Dustin and I have been together, he has shared how much he loves stuffed mushrooms. Whenever we go to a new Italian restaurant, he eagerly checks the menu to see if they have stuffed mushrooms.  It's actually pretty cute -- how excited he gets when he sees the restaurant has them.   He mentions, nonchalantly, [...]

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Given this blog, my personal chef business and all I've learned and done with food over the past few years, it's still hard for me to believe I haven't always been a "cook." In fact, when Dustin and I first started dating, he did most of the cooking and I would help him.  Full disclosure: [...]

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce

So, I'm pretty sure you are aware by now that I love me some pizza. And lasagna.  And spaghetti.  And anything parmesan.  And Italian food in general.  And, well, most food for that matter -- but that's neither here nor there. So, you can imagine we go through our fair share of tomato sauce in [...]

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Eggplant Parmesan

For our CSA, we got a gorgeous eggplant and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Two words: Eggplant. Parmesan.  Need I say more? I can't think of Eggplant Parmesan without reminiscing about this little Italian restaurant called La Trattoria my family used to frequent. Not sure why I loved it so [...]

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad with Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette

For last week's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), we got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and fresh sweet basil.  Now, I don't know about you, but my mind goes two ways with these two fresh ingredients sitting on my counter: (1) Bruschetta or (2) Caprese Salad.  Since I also got some tasty organic grape tomatoes I could [...]

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Italian Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti

I was looking for a new recipe and happened to stumble upon For the Love of Cooking and Pam's Turkey Italian Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti. As I've mentioned before, I love me some Italian food so I'm always happy for great new recipes to add to my collection. Really, can you go wrong with [...]