light farfalle pasta with turkey sausage and veggies

We love pasta in my house. I mean we LOVE pasta. If I would let him, my husband could quite possibly eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 7 days a week. (As a matter of fact, in his bachelor days I’m pretty sure he may have!) While I won’t let him get away with that these days, I still try to designate one or two pasta nights a week. It’s an inexpensive dish that feeds an army and has so many variations you couldn’t possibly try them all in one lifetime! Here’s a sauce-less recipe that is the first dish I ever made for John when we started dating; Giada’s Farfalle with Turkey Sausage. While it’s not a Foodetarian creation, and I don’t do a thing to change her recipe, it’s such a perfectly constructed meal that the original is the best to share!

Simple and light, quick and delicious!

Simple and light, quick and delicious!

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forget-the-beef spiced turkey burgers

I absolutely love a tasty turkey burger. When you hear “turkey burger” you probably immediately think of a dry, flavorless, bland dish compared to its juicy, beefy counterpart.  Aha, here lies the problem with this under appreciated patty. The trick to a tempting turkey burger (which also applies to turkey meatloaf) is keeping it moist. One of my all-time favorite go-to recipes for this is from my Fast Easy Fresh Bon Appetite Cookbook. With a bit of a kick and enough moisture to keep even the best beef burger shaking its buns off, here’s my version, with a few twists from the original, for Spiced Turkey Burgers.

Spiced turkey burger topped over simply dressed greens

Spiced turkey burger topped over simply dressed greens

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arthur ave ravioli and winter white béchamel with basil and nutmeg

Tonight’s dinner is brought to you by one of New York’s favorite traditions. Millions of people travel to one of the greatest places in the world every year and we’re lucky enough to have this colorful culinary city a stones throw away. Most folks know about Little Italy’s Mulberry Street in Manhattan (check out my review on the areas famed San Gennaro Fest), but few out-of-towners travel to New York Cities real Little Italy. Arthur Ave, the Bronx. The area is chocked full of restaurants, gourmet deli’s, and all sorts of specialty shops. Thanks to my Uncle Stephen’s trip this weekend, tonight’s plate is straight from those shops. Ravioli so fresh it travels in a white paper box. I couldn’t imagine ruining them with a heavy marinara so I opted for a Basil White Béchamel with hint of Nutmeg instead. It also makes a great base for white veggie lasagna! Here’s what I did.

The beauty of tradition :)

The beauty of tradition :)

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why we’re nutty about coconut milk

With the announcement of Starbucks adding coconut milk as a new coffee sweetener to their menu, the creamy dairy-free liquid has caused quite a stir among roasters everywhere. However, this little gem has been a staple in many island and southern Asian cuisines from Thailand to India to the Caribbean and Pacific for many years. While it still remains a topic of debate due to its high saturated fat content, in moderation its a unique ingredient to use in your weeknight culinary “travels.” Contrary to what you might think, when prepared correctly, it leaves little to no coconut flavor and produces a dairy-less dish. Here are a couple of my suggestions for coconut milk.

Coconut milk makes for perfect rice...no frills needed!

Coconut milk makes for perfect rice…no frills needed!

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slow-cooked sunday gravy

For the past few years we have forgone the dining out experience on Valentine’s day and stayed in. Working in the restaurant industry I probably shouldn’t admit to that but being 4 months pregnant with an 8 month old at home tends to lend itself to casual dinner dates. This year I made my husband do the work (thank you very much!) and requested his Sunday gravy. A-maz-ing. No restaurant is cheffing up anything that comes close to this sauce! While his recipe might never be revealed (even to me!), here are some of my tips on how to makes this savory treat and impress your loved ones :)

Sunday Gray, a family favorite!

Sunday Gray, a family favorite!

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“chef” inspired cubanos

As a self-proclaimed foodie, even our television is following my culinary obsession! Saturday night we curled up (with some take-out, eek!) and finally watched Jon Favreau’s Chef. While most people watch movies about riches and turn green with envy, I was 14 shades of verde following this chef’s trip to food truck heaven. Not only was I dreaming of my own menu and sous-chef and restaurant quality cookware, but I was drooling over the authentic latin cubano, or Cuban,  sandwiches! This twist on a ham and cheese was a favorite of immigrant Cuban workers and remains a classic dish in spots like Miami (pictured in the film). I HAD to make it…so here’s the hunted down recipe for Chef‘s Mojo Pork Cubanos.

Grilled Cubanos

Grilled Cubanos

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cracker-thin pizza with super-garlicky tomato sauce

Happy National Pizza Day! I feel like pizza is becoming a common theme within my blog posts, but it’s such a perfect food to play with (and on a day like today) that it’s hard to leave it behind! This recipe was part of a farewell to the editor-in-chief of Cooking Light magazine at the end of last year. It was one of his “six simple recipes” that he chose to leave readers with. I made a few alterations to please my families taste buds and it made it even more delicious! Here’s one more to add to your collection, Cracker-thin Pizza with Super-Garlicky Tomato Sauce

Garlicky, saucy, deliciously thin pizza...at home!

Garlicky, saucy, deliciously thin pizza…at home!

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