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Bolognese Sauce…the Italian way!

 Here are a few helpful tips when  cooking bolognese that will make this a “truly tasty Italian meal”     1. This is slow food. Do not skip, or rush through the ingredients or the process.            2. Allow your sauce to cook very gently for several hours to deepen the flavors.       3. Use bacon,  because it truly enhances the flavor    4. Use the combo of ground meats. I  use …

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“No-Boil” Everyday Lasagna

Lasagna made easy…easier! The part of lasagna making that everyone seems  to like the least is boiling the noodles separately. You can skip that step with this tip!Just add a little  water around the edge of the lasagna, maybe ¼-½ C. This uses the regular lasagna noodles, not the no-boil kind. Then cover it tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour. …

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Everyday Lasagna

Everyone loves Lasagna but it always seems like a big production, but if you break itdown into 3 steps it’s really quite easy. If you have a favorite recipe and by all means  please tweak this one to your liking. I find these  proportions to be just the right consistency.  The steps are easy and if you have a small  family, you’ll be lucky with the …

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Forbidden Rice Risotto

comfort food.  that’s what cold weather is all about… but with a HEALTHY TWIST let’s just say that this is NOT your typical “risotto”. i would call it “risotto-like”…but it definitely fits the comfort-food category all the deep rich flavors from the slow cooking and reducing are there, but the black rice has a different texture…almost “al dente-like” to regular rice.  it maintains …

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Spicy Sausage Marinara (low carb Pasta)

i’ll bet most home cooks have their own version of an Italian Marinara Sauce in their back pocket. OR…know someone with the best red sauce recipe…OR you have your in-laws’ Italian Grandma’s hand written “gravy” recipe framed on the kitchen wall..well, i do know someone, but i usually just wait for her to have a big family dinner and hope …

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Pizza Dough

This weekend the Vegetarian Society from the university is coming to my house to make pizza and watch Supersize Me.  So, I thought I would post a wee video about how to make great pizza crust.  As always, the recipe is Reinhart’s, more precisely his Neo-Neopolitan Pizza Dough.  You can check out the ingredient list on p. 67 of the Google …

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Summer Tomato Pasta with Fresh Basil

I am back home after over two weeks in Philadelphia and am glad to be back in my kitchen. Too bad its so hot I don’t feel like cooking and/or baking. The garden fared fairly well after being more or less neglected, but some rodents had their way with my rutabagas. Alas! The first of the tomatoes are starting to …

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Creamy Zucchini Farfalle

You are probably going to be inundated with fresh zucchini soon, either from your own garden or the farmer’s market. This is a very easy and very tasty way to use some of it up. INGREDIENTS– 1.5 lbs zucchini, diced– 8 oz firm tofu– 1/2 to 3/4 cup light coconut milk, or other non-dairy milk/creamer– 1/2 cup nutritional yeast– 1/4 …

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