Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

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If you like feta cheese, black olives, and like a really hearty pasta salad, this recipe is for you. I like all of the ingredients that went into it, and I found the salad to be delicious. It has a lot of flavor – more than your typical pasta salad. For dinner the other night, […]

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Macaroni and Cheese with Black Beans and Chipotle

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This is my new, favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.   I could eat this every day for a week without getting sick of it, and I almost have, considering I made a lot of it and the boys won’t touch it.   It’s great fresh from the stove, and it’s great as a leftover as well.  When […]

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Orzo with Herbs

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This is a great side-dish to make on a weeknight. It’s quick and it’s tasty. I really enjoyed it when I made it the first night, and it was even terrific for lunch the next day. The consistency wasn’t perfect the next day, but I actually enjoyed the flavor a little more. I used the […]

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Couscous with Peas and Mint

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We had some friends over for dinner last month and I was looking for a quick but tasty side dish. I received Barefoot Contessa Foolproof  by Ina Garten for Christmas from my parents, so I flipped through it and came across this recipe. It was perfect and truly foolproof. I have great luck with Ina […]

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Baked Orzo with Mozzarella and Oregano

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Don’t let the name turn you off and don’t let the photo fool you. This is one of the best baked pasta dishes I have ever made, or eaten for that matter. It’s comfort food at its best and it has an incredible taste, like nothing I’ve had before. I’ve made this once a week […]

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Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna

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My sister-in-law moved from Shelter Island to Chapel Hill, NC and we had a farewell dinner for her.   I wanted to make something in advance that I could throw into the oven when we saw her because I didn’t want to miss any conversation by standing in the kitchen cooking.   I usually make a lasagna […]

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Orzo and Zucchini Salad

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As I’ve mentioned, zucchini is plentiful at our CSA this year and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. This is a simple summer preparation that’s delicious served either cold or at room temperature. It’s both light and fresh. It’s a perfect picnic salad, if you picnic. Next time I make it, I […]

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Creamy Rotini with Zucchini, Tomato and Red Pepper

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Ok, I made a most elementary mistake again last night. I didn’t read the recipe in its entirety before I made it. I looked at the picture in the magazine, decided I was making a pasta salad, made sure I had all the ingredients, and off I went. It was only when I got to […]

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Pasta and White Beans with Broccoli Pesto

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I found this recipe in my most recent issue of Everyday Cooking by Martha Stewart.    I was flipping through the magazine the other day looking for dinner inspiration, knowing that I had some tired broccoli sitting in the fridge.  I felt it was my lucky day when I came across this recipe.   I […]

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Mexican Lasagna

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I really like this recipe, and I’ve made it twice in the last week. It’s easy to throw together – it’s actually the easiest lasagna I’ve ever made – and it’s incredibly good. It’s a perfect weeknight meal for us as we strive to continue to remove meat from our diet.

Today I watched the movie […]

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