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6 June, 2011

Fresh Herb Pasta

Fresh Herb Pasta
Comments : 3 Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Food photography, Main Dishes, Pasta/Pizza, Photography, Quick and Simple, Recipes on by : salernos
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I’ve watched the little Italian ladies on TV make fresh pasta on a board by just putting down the flour, making a well for the egg, adding a little water and maybe some olive oil and gracefully mixing it up into a beautiful dough.  Unfortunately my first few attempts were not nearly so successful.  
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10 April, 2011

Tomato Basil and Bacon Tart

Comments : 6 Posted in : Breakfast/Brunch, Food photography, Main Dishes, Pasta/Pizza, Photography, Quick and Simple, Recipes on by : salernos
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Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cold butter 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water 4 Roma tomatoes 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Italian four cheese blend (or mozzarella) cheese 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced 4 cloves of garlic peeled and sliced thinly 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper
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29 March, 2011

Thai-Style Chicken with Basil served with Coconut Rice

Comments : 1 Posted in : Food photography, Main Dishes, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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After seeing this on the weekly show, I was inspired by a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Thai-Style Chicken with Basil.  I simplified it a bit to use the items I had on hand and for my wimpy taste buds but I’m sure their version would be excellent as well.  It turned out to be
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1 March, 2011

Lemon Basil Olive Oil Muffins – taste great and relatively healthy

Comments : 2 Posted in : Breads and muffins, Breakfast/Brunch, Food photography, Photography, Recipes on by : salernos
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So far I’ve been dismal in my attempts to be more healthy but today I made progress and it wasn’t even painful.   Don’t worry, I’m not up to tofu yet and my “no carb left behind” lifestyle will surely take time to reform but I’m making baby steps.  These muffins are really good and
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16 February, 2011

Iron Skillet Steak with Basil Cream Sauce – sometimes the old fashioned way really works

Comments : 3 Posted in : Main Dishes, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Sauces on by : salernos
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As I have mentioned before, I love my cast iron skillet rediscovered a couple of years ago when husband unexpected brought one home.  Our weather is pretty much grill friendly all year, but I also really love gravies and sauces so I decided to go with the pan for some steaks this time.  I also
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13 February, 2011

Valentines Day Meal: Chicken baked in pastry crust, pearl couscous in cream sauce and fresh asparagus

Comments : 4 Posted in : Food photography, Main Dishes, Photography, Recipes on by : salernos
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My Valentine has gotten used to being the test dummy, not being able to eat until the pictures are done, having holiday meals on days other than the holiday and best of all, cleaning up my endless messes, all with good humor and little whining so I was quite happy that this meal got the
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21 January, 2011

Pasta Fagioli inspired by Olive Garden – Party/Freezer size

Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Main Dishes, Pasta/Pizza, Quick and Simple, Recipes on by : salernos
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Even though I know it isn’t very authentic I really enjoy the Olive Garden’s soup and bread sticks lunch, which led me to make my own version of the soup at home.  Of course it isn’t exactly the same as I tend to make my soups more substantial to the point they are often mistaken
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20 January, 2011

Creamy Pesto and Sausage Penne

Comments : 4 Posted in : Food photography, Main Dishes, Pasta/Pizza, Photography, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Sauces on by : salernos
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After making all that great Pesto for holiday gifts, I did sort of keep some for myself and found a great way to use it for a quick weekday meal.  It took about 15 minutes, just long enough to cook the pasta.  Considering all the basil, I’m counting this as healthy (ignoring the cream sauce
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16 January, 2011

Recipe test: Rachael Ray’s You Won’t be Single for Long Vodka Pasta Sauce

Comments : 2 Posted in : Food photography, Food TV Recipe Tests, Main Dishes, Pasta/Pizza, Photography, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Sauces, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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I know I haven’t always been kind to some of Rachael’s recipes, but this is one of my favorites.   I make it quite often and even follow the recipe You Won’t Be Single for Long Vodka Pasta Sauce pretty faithfully, which is quite unusual for me.  The only change I make is to start with
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15 December, 2010

Holiday Gifts – David Rocco’s Pesto

Comments : 1 Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Food TV Recipe Tests, gifts, Pasta/Pizza, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Sauces, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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      Here’s a great, simple recipe for pesto from David Rocco.  Once you’ve made the recipe, place it in festive jars or plastic tubs for gifts (keeping a few for yourself of course).  In case you haven’t noticed, I like David Rocco and if you haven’t had the chance to watch his show
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