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March 13, 2017

Home Made Pasta Making 101

You may ask why should I spend all that time making pasta. I can tell you why- it is so much better than boxed dried pasta. Fresh is always better! And YES it does take time but it is easy and actually fun. At least that is what the class participants told me at our recent pasta making class at UTK.

Chef Walter Lambert joined us and he provided instruction for the best pasta sauces ever. Just the right accompaniment for the pasta.

There are so many pasta shapes from big to small, fat and skinny. We made Tagliatelle and Pappardelle and stuffed tortellini pasta.


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January 13, 2016

Dennis’s Macaroni and Cheese

While looking for the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe it became apparent that there are about 20 great recipes. So Dennis took a few that looked really good, combined, switched and added to until he came up with his favorite version. It was the best macaroni and cheese ever.

And a perfect time for comfort food.

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July 31, 2015

Tortellini in a Parmesan Cream Sauce

It amazes me how flavors come together to create a delicious recipe. I wanted a creamy sauce without all the calories so I used chicken broth as the base as in my Afredo sauce but this is even richer.

Evaporated milk is used to give it a creamy texture, providing only 2 grams of fat/serving.

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January 28, 2015

Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna with Goat Cheese Sauce

Use what you have in the refrigerator and freezer. Running to the store every time you decide to cook will end up costing you more than you think. I keep several staples available, both canned and frozen. I froze bell peppers and basil pesto from the garden this past summer and I always have fresh vegetables and onions. I also keep several kinds of cheese on hand.

This is what I made and it was yummy!
Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna with Goat Cheese Sauce

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May 04, 2014

Ziti with Portobello Mushrooms, Caramelized onions, and Goat Cheese

The way to get the most flavor out of this dish begins with caramelizing the onions and cooking the mushrooms until they are golden brown. With all the flavor you won't need to reach for the salt.

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February 13, 2014

Mac and Cheese

Not only is Mac and Cheese a great "Comfort Food", it is a Southern Comfort Food" and it doesn't get any more comforting than that. This dish uses the traditional recipe with bacon and herbs added for additional flavor.

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January 08, 2014

Simple Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Fresh tomato sauce with garlic and basil can be tossed together in just minutes. Add spaghetti and anything else you like. Complete this fine meal with a garden salad and a good bottle of Chianti.

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January 06, 2014

Linguine with Onion, Bacon and Parmesan

The caramelized onions give this dish a slightly sweet taste.
Enjoy with a Riesling from Washington State.

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November 25, 2013

Pasta and Bolognese Casserole with Spicy Meatballs

There's nothing like a good Bolognese sauce, rich and flavorful it is usually served over pasta. This recipe takes it one more step, adding cheese and baking until the cheese melts.

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October 20, 2013

PASTA!

To me, pasta is that go to food when I’ve had a long day at the office, I’m looking for something simple and quick or I just want to kick back, open a bottle of wine and enjoy a delicious meal. With the different shapes and varieties of pasta you can create a different menu for any day of the week.

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July 11, 2013

Stir Fried Noodles with Shrimp, Chiles and Lime

This is one of the most popular dishes from Thailand. Thai food doesn't have to be hot so you can control how much heat you want by adding more spice.

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September 27, 2012

MOREL and Beef Stroganoff

If you love rich, you'll love this recipe. It is rich in every sense of the word. Morel mushrooms are not only rich as in pricey, they're rich with flavor too. You can use any mushrooms but for special occasions use the morel.

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April 23, 2012

Ham and 3 Cheese Macaroni

If you are in need of a little comfort food try this rich cheesy side. And if you want a meatless bowl of Mac and cheese simply omit the ham.

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November 26, 2011

Turkey in Cream Sauce with Tomato Pasta Noodles

Got Turkey? - Try This Recipe

The tomato pasta gives this dish a bright colorful flare to wake up the visuals.

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October 02, 2011

Citrus Bow Tie Pasta

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June 11, 2011

Italian Meatballs with Marinara

Enjoy a beautifully balanced Sangiovese, an easy sipping wine that pairs perfectly with Italian food. Try this recipe, using the wine for making a rich, delicious sauce; then enjoy the rest with your meal. You will be coming back for more wine so save yourself the trip and pick up two bottles. Serve meatballs as an appetizer or over pasta.

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April 07, 2011

Italian Stuffed Eggplant

A bottle of red Italian wine such as a Sangiovese will be a very good pairing with the rich tomato sauce in this dish.
You can easily make this dish vegetarian, see below under make it your own.

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February 23, 2011

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

A creative way to use last night's chicken in a totally new dish that's deliciously yummy.

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Pasta Salad with Fresh Summer Vegetables

Get your daily recommended vegetables in with this wonderfully fresh and colorful summer pasta.

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October 10, 2010

Cooking Wiser Alfredo Sauce with Pasta

Many people love Alfredo sauce but they don't want all the fat and calories. I came up with this recipe several years ago. It has more flavor, better texture and half the calories. I prefer this recipe to the tradition Alfredo recipe that tends to glue my insides together.

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September 02, 2010

Italian Sausage Casserole

Feel like going Italian tonight? This rich but simple dish will satisfy especially when you add a glass of vino. Try a Sangiovese wine

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June 07, 2010

Basil Pesto

Basil, called the royal herb by ancient Greeks and a token of love by the Italians is the main ingredient in pesto. It provides a peppery flavor with a little spice with hints of clove and licorice

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April 30, 2010

Recipe: Roasted Broccoli & Marinara with Penne Pasta

A bit tired of Pasta Primavera (sometimes it feels like that's always the only vegetarian dish many restaurants have)? For a very tasty alternative, try this old world style pasta dish with broccoli and other veggies!

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