“Angry Pasta”

A lot of people ask me what my favorite thing to cook is and sometimes my answer is “something I’ve never made before” because I love trying different recipes and just playing in the kitchen in general. It’s fun and it’s never the same thing twice! But when I’m hungry(most of the time) my answer is “pasta!” which is followed by “what kind?” So I start racking through allll the types of pastas and sauces I love to eat and my stomach starts grumbling and my mouth is watering and I just really can’t come up with an honest answer. I like them all. I like making them all and I like eating them all. I could probably eat pasta until I explode. everyday. even for breakfast.

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<3 that's amore <3

Raise your hand if you a) are a space case and forgot to make dinner reservations until it was too late, b) don’t like dealing with mushy Vday crowds, c) are looking to have your very own Lady and the Tramp moment with a special someone or d) enjoy playing with your food to prove you can spell ‘love.’ If any/all of these things apply to you on this heart-filled saturday have no fear. There’s still time to run to the grocery store and whip up this ~~lovely~~ recipe! (wink wink) Because what says amore more than big plate of spaghetti & meatballs (?!)

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Pasta & Peas

Hey, hey! Happy Fall… wait, Winter…? It’s definitely still Autumn, but these 20 something days make it feel like we’re already in the thick of Kansas City winter and let me just say — I’m not a fan. The way I see it the only reason it should ever be this cold is if snow is falling from the sky and there’s enough of it on the ground so that I can make snow angels and watch Nico hop around like a cute little brown snow bunny-dog :)

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Pumpkin Alfredo

Made my first trip to the pumpkin patch this season! I was in search of the perfect pumpkin to eat rather than carve this time. I’ve never baked with a real pumpkin so it was the first thing on my list this Fall :) I was a little unsure about which kind of pumpkins are the ones you want to cook with, but the internet told me to look for the smaller, brighter ones that have a good stem and no serious blemishes or bruises. I picked two pretty ones and whipped up some homemade pumpkin puree. Which, by the way, is so much more simple than I had anticipated. Not to mention quite gratifying — Nico loves pumpkin puree and giving him a spoon full of the fresh stuff instead of something out of a can felt pretty special. ( yes, he’s spoiled but is there really any other option? ) Anyway, before feeding it all to my dog I made Pumpkin and Sage Alfredo Sauce. Yum! Check out the recipe and photos below and make some for yourself this fall! You won’t regret it :)

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Holy Zucchini : Part II

Man – o – man, even after multiple meals with a side of sautéed zucchini AND last weeks episode of holy zucchini ! I still had a bunch of zucchini hangin’ out in my fridge. I was starting to feel guilt; I really didn’t want it to go bad and have to throw it away — I hate doing that! So I sorted through my resources and found this gem still in a box in the corner of our new apartment. ( I have yet to find the right place for my cookbooks ) Vegetables from an Italian Garden, Season by Season Recipes. It details multiple veggies and other things that can be grown in your garden each season and highlights an array of creative recipes using each of them. It even has a chart of when to plant and harvest them. Oh, and the photographs are wooonderful and so inspiring — whad up Steve Joyce and Andy Sewell! In my eyes there’s really nothing better than a good cookbook. ;)

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Snow Day Soup

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Quite a lot of snow fell here in Oz this past week keeping many of us cozied up inside for a day or two. I do love the snow and being stuck at home seems to bring back those childhood memories of “SNOW DAAAAYYYY!!” Fortunately, I was not alone for this seasons first snow day. I was happily snowed in with Travis and Nico. Unfortunately, I was feeling a bit under the weather and the kitchen at questionable stocked. Here’s a little something I like to make when my throat and wallet is hurting.

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peperoni pasta

Peperoni – not to be confused with pepperoni. As we know it, pepperoni is a pork or beef variety of a cured sausage or salami most commonly put on top of a pizza. But the english word pepperoni is actually a corruption of the italian word peperoni, which is the plural of peperone and refers to what we call bell peppers. I don’t know how this odd confusion in terminology came about, but it’s a good thing to remember if you are a lover of italian cuisine. And if you ever travel to Italy or eat at a restaurant where the menu is in italian know that the peperoni pizza is actually a vegetarian friendly option :)

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My little brother recently returned from a trip to Illinois after visiting family and came home with some of the most wonderful gifts. A big basket of fresh produce from our grandparents’ garden perfected our kitchen counter with the distinct scent of homegrown, freshly picked vegetables. These robust peperoni are just a couple of the great treasures from the bunch. Other than taking a big bite out of one and eating it raw like an apple I could only think of one other thing I wanted to do with them.

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