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14 July, 2011

The Daring Cooks Challenge – handmade spätzle (with meatballs in cream sauce)

The Daring Cooks Challenge – handmade spätzle (with meatballs in cream sauce)
Comments : 3 Posted in : Pasta/Pizza, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Sauces, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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This month’s challenge was to make noodles, with a suggestion for Spätzle.  A long (long) time ago I lived in Germany for several years and became very fond of them but although I’ve made lots of other types of noodles,  for some reason just never tried these.  I know my choice of meatballs in cream sauce
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6 June, 2011

Fresh Herb Pasta

Fresh Herb Pasta
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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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4 June, 2011

Quinoa with Fresh Asparagus and Tomatoes

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In my not so successful quest to be more healthy (since the very next day I made mac & cheese with bacon), I decided to try making Quinoa since I’ve read about its benefits so much lately.  Here is a great article.  While treated like a grain, it is actually a seed from the Chenopodium
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1 May, 2011

White Five Cheese Pasta Shells with Ham

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Of course we had ham for Easter and with everyone gone home and just the two of us, there was a lot of leftover ham!  There is always freezing, but first I pretty much use it until we can’t stand anymore.  This week I’ve made ham and eggs of course, Ham and Lentil soup, which
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14 April, 2011

The Daring Cook’s Challenge Edible Containers: Stuffed Meatballs in a Parmesan Crisp Bowl

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This month there was another great challenge to create something to serve in an edible container. Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! was our Daring Cooks’ April 2011 hostess. Renata challenged us to think “outside the plate” and create our own edible containers! Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling,
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20 January, 2011

Creamy Pesto and Sausage Penne

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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

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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

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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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11 October, 2010

Chicken in Saffron Cream Sauce with Saffron Couscous (one pan – 30 minutes)

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This is a great recipe for a quick, one pan (and a bowl) meal.  So long ago that I had forgotten about it, I bought a small package of saffron and the other day someone mentioned making saffron rice.  I realized that I really should use it before it got any older so I checked out a bunch
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22 September, 2010

David Rocco’s LA SALSA DI 5 MINUTI (10 Minute Basic Pasta Sauce)

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  This one is for Mom, she asked if I’d tried it and said it was great.  She was right! Of course, I just couldn’t follow the recipe exactly because it didn’t have enough garlic so I added a little more but otherwise followed the plan. Here’s the recipe for La Salsa Di 5 Minuti.  I
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