Category Archives: Pasta-centered

30 December 2010 – Macaroni and cheese; mixed vegetables; salad

Mom suggested macaroni and cheese for dinner, so we had that. Sure is easy! Mom boils the macaroni, then adds longhorn cheddar, cut in rather large chunks, if my sighting of them in advance of dinner is accurate – maybe … Continue reading

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16 December 2010 – Spaghetti with revived sauce; salad with peanuts and scallions

D started with the last of my less-than-exciting spaghetti sauce from Sunday, and added some fresh mushrooms, fresh Romas, ancient wine that made it too vinegary for him, and then a series of things to undo that, including more (real) … Continue reading

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15 December 2010 – Spaghetti with leftover grilled chicken, mushrooms, and pencil asparagus

I was late getting home after a long grading session, and D had this pasta all made and waiting for me. It was very tasty, and used up some of the leftover bits of things we had in the fridge. … Continue reading

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13 December 2010 – Pasta with green beans and tapenade

D made me an olive tapenade with Nicoise olives for the pizza last weekend. He used up the rest with this dinner. Fortunately, there was not a whole lot, b/c I was still stuffed from lunch with my department at … Continue reading

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12 December 2010 – Spaghetti with hamburger and tomato sauce

And a green pepper. I knew I really wanted the taste of a green pepper in there. Ultimately this was nothing to write home about, but it was perfectly good and tasty. I used a large yellow onion and 4 … Continue reading

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21 November 2010 – Orecchiette with fresh tomatoes and mushrooms; brussels sprouts with bacon; English cucumber

Once again, D went into the kitchen with no idea what he would cook for dinner, and came up with a fine meal. He rarely uses pasta that’s not “reglear pizgetti” but this time he used some “little ears”, which … Continue reading

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16 November 2010 – Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce

Another example of D’s ability to go from “I have no idea what to make for dinner” to having delicious food on the table in a half hour. Amazing. Of course, in this instance, having bought more Dirty Girl Farm … Continue reading

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14 November 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts and parsley, with pecorino Romano; romaine salad with tangerines and pecans

D is cooking again, and he started with this standard (which he invented). He sautees mushrooms, pine nuts, and parsley together in olive oil, tosses with spaghetti and more oil, and shaves (with a potato peeler) pecorino Romano over the … Continue reading

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13 November 2010 – Radiatori with grilled eggplant and red pepper, feta, and onion; salad and tomato

Last night’s beautiful, long eggplant served for two dinners. The slices grilled with just olive oil on them (and a little salt) went into this pasta. I also grilled a big, beautiful red pepper today for this dinner. I started … Continue reading

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11 November 2010 – Leftover spaghetti sauce, updated; bruschetta

This is the same sauce as I used (defrosted) earlier in the week… was that Monday? … updated with some sliced and sauteed large brown mushrooms that D bought at the Bowl yesterday. I actually cooked the mushrooms (and sauce) … Continue reading

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8 November 2010 – Spaghetti with defrosted sauce; salad with leftover Weber salsa

I wanted to get in a workout this evening, so I pulled a small vat of spaghetti sauce out of the freezer this morning. It was a tomato sauce, labeled as having our sausages in it. I cooked up 4 … Continue reading

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28 October 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms and Toulouse sausage; bruschetta

D dug out a patty of Toulouse sausage that we made on 19 June, and made a pasta with that and mushrooms, in some olive oil. He also made some bruschetta with some Dirty Girl early girls that I got … Continue reading

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22 October 2010 – Spaghetti with Gaeta olive tapenade and haricots; salad with wondrous tomatoes

D was cooking for this Friday night dinner. This is one of his staples – a really marvelous pasta he found in one of the earliest Chez Panisse cookbooks – Pasta, Pizza and Calzone. He uses a mortar and pestle … Continue reading

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19 October 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, and parsley; bean bruschetta; summer tomatoes

D made one of his specialties again. It’s a very tasty pasta with mushrooms, pine nuts and parsley, with Romano peeled over the top. He also had some beans that he cooked up a couple days ago, and served as … Continue reading

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18 October 2010 – Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce; green beans with mushrooms

D made this spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes. It has a little hamburger in it, and a most interesting vinegary taste, probably from some old wine he tossed into it. I liked it a lot. He cooked green beans with … Continue reading

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16 October 2010 – Ravioli Nirvana

Well, ok. We hit it out of the park with this one. Ravioli with chevre, parmaggiano and herb filling, with fresh tomato sauce. So. I was supposed to be using up the Laura Chenel goat cheese before D took over … Continue reading

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15 October 2010 – Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce; marinated olives

Tonight I finally used the tomatoes from a couple of nights ago that were not good enough for eating. These are probably tomatoes that most people would think were great, but that is b/c most people don’t have access to … Continue reading

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9 October 2010 – Fettucine with grilled salmon, capers, red onion, and lemon; bruschetta

I intentionally bought more salmon than I needed for last night, thinking ahead to this dinner after the Kermit Lynch wine tasting lunch, with Christopher Lee cooking. The lunch was terrific. We liked the wines ok, but not so much … Continue reading

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7 October 2010 – Penne with cheese sauce, sage butter, and tomatoes; bruschetta

This is a mashup of two recipes from the Pasta Bible, one of the best impulse purchases (at Costco) I’ve ever made. A nasturtium pasta starts with shallots cooked in butter, with cream or half and half added, and cubed … Continue reading

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30 September 2010 – Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce

D was not impressed with the recent crop of tomatoes from the Farmers’ Market and the Bowl, so he cooked them into a tomato sauce. I was impressed with the tomato sauce! He grated Romano over the top, which enhanced … Continue reading

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28 September 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms, parsley, and Romano; tomatoes and gazpacho on the side

Another quick and wonderful meal from D: The mushroom/pine nut/parsley pasta is one of his signature dishes. The tomatoes are from Dirty Girl Farms. This is the last of the gazpacho – probably the last batch of 2010.

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27 September 2010 – Spaghetti with leftover steak; gazpacho on the side

Spaghetti with the rest of the sirloin steak in it… D’s concoction – they always work! He bought a little under a pound of sirloin steak on the 25th for dinner, we had two sandwiches for lunch the next day, … Continue reading

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24 September 2010 – Tomato sauce over spaghetti; mushrooms

D made this exceptional, light tomato sauce. I will look into how he did this. I think he cooked more of the mushrooms like last nights, but not sure. More when I get a chance… (Begun the 29th)

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18 September 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms, pinenuts, and parsley, with shaved pecorino Romano; avocados and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar

This is a specialty of D’s. I really like it. We just had a little tonight because we’d been to the “Kermit Party” for lunch and had Christopher Lee’s brilliant Bouillibaise with grilled and oiled Acme baguettes, with an excellent … Continue reading

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8 September 2010 – Pesto and bruschetta after the neighborhood meeting

We had a meeting of our neighborhood association – which, as co-chair, I led – to finalize a statement to the City Council and the Planning Commission about their plans to put 75-foot buildings encroaching on our neighborhood. Remarkably, though … Continue reading

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