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Pasta al forno (baked pasta) – pasta shells with rapini

March 6, 2016

There is something about pasta al forno that is very comforting and satisfying. Maybe it’s the slightly charred bits on top, or the creamy sauce around the pasta, or the melted cheese. Whatever it is, I sometimes crave the flavours and texture of a pasta that is cooked just below al dente, then mixed with a a sauce and baked in the oven until crispy on top and slightly charred here and there. I tend... View Article

Midnight pasta with tomato passata sauce

November 11, 2015

We are keeping different schedule here in Italy with all the comings and goings and sometime late at night we just want something to eat. Unless I have a dish ready I invariably turn to a quick pasta and use passata as a base for the sauce. Passata is a useful Italian ingredient not well known at home so I thought I’d tell you about it. It is common in Italian kitchens and frequently called... View Article

Pasta with radicchio two ways

September 17, 2015

Pasta is a comfort foods that I turn to again and again. I have learned to make simple pasta dishes with only a couple of ingredients that taste good and leave you satisfied. This particular dish makes use of the purple radicchio that we usually tear or shred into into a salad. It has a slightly bitter taste and a sturdy texture that stand up to a quick saute and goes particularly well with simple... View Article

Lemon roasted cauliflower

August 13, 2015

Roasting a cauliflower transforms its flavour and texture, and I am sure would convert even my friend Val to loving this veggie. The sugars in the cauli caramelize and lend a smoky-sweetness that is very enticing. Cauli comes in many colours, from white to orange to purple and green. Each has a slightly different flavour profile and unlike purple beans or purple asparagus, they keep the colour during cooking. The colourful variety makes a beautiful... View Article

Pasta with summer zucchini and red pepper

July 21, 2015

Here is a quick and simple pasta recipe that I make with fresh market vegetables. This time zucchini and a sweet red pepper combine with short pasta  to make a light dish that can be served warm or at room temperature as a summer meal on the patio. A good baguette, a drizzle of olive oil and crisp green salad with a simple vinaigrette is all you need to go with it, if anything at... View Article

Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto

July 18, 2015

Garlic scape is a new item in my kitchen. Somehow it escaped the range of my rather extensive vegetable repertoire and I have never cooked with it before. My friend Jeannette brought them to my attention last year after she was invited to a garlic farm and urged by the farmer to pick as many garlic scapes as she could. She ended up making garlic scape pesto and brought over a couple of jars filled... View Article

Pasta with Cauliflower

May 27, 2015

Pasta with cauliflower may seem unusual but it is really a melody of complimentary textures and flavours. Pasta, in any event, goes with just about anything. I had a beautiful white and crisp cauliflower that called to be a main dish (vegetables for me ARE the main dish).  I cooked it on top of the stove in olive oil and to make it more substantial, added some cooked pasta to the skillet as it was... View Article

Orzo with radicchio, broccolini and Feta

May 21, 2015

I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen this week. I have discovered the Apex Trail leading up to the top of Knox Mountain and got completely hooked on the hike and the area and have been going there every day. I hope this enthusiasm continues through the summer and fall because it is such a good workout in a gorgeous setting with spectacular Okanagan views. I do pack a lunch, enjoy it on top... View Article

Nuts about pasta (pasta with four-nut pesto)

April 13, 2015

Spring is still struggling here in the Okanagan. It has been cold and windy. I am waiting to plant my herbs for the season and bring in the perennials to brighten up the planters outside. Some herbs are coming back after the cold winter: chives, oregano, even some of the thyme. Pretty amazing to see them pop up after being covered with snow and subjected to the vagaries of a Canadian winter. I am still... View Article

One pan pasta with tomato sauce

March 29, 2015

Pasta for me, as I imagine it is for most people, is the go to food when you need to make a quick dinner without turning the kitchen inside out. And, since I discovered the one pan pasta method it has become the go to method for a quick pasta dish. I have made it a few times now, changing it a little every time. Today I came back with a few grocery bags but... View Article

One skillet pasta? They do it in Puglia

March 4, 2015

My Italian neighbour (thanks Marisa) alerted me to the trend of cooking pasta in a skillet: pasta, veggies, flavouring, oil, water, the whole thing in one skillet and you have a beautiful and flavourful pasta dish in its own sauce  in about 10 minutes. A quick internet search produced Martha Stewart as the instigator. One of Martha’s editors traveled to Puglia in Italy a couple of years ago and saw them making pasta in one... View Article

Tomato Sauce

September 3, 2014

Tomatoes pretty well ruled my kitchen this summer. Not all summer, the local varieties were not ripe and ready until August, but once they were available I kept coming back from the markets with boxes of them. They made their way into just about everything I cooked. They also look so beautiful on the kitchen counter that I think of them almost like flowers, decorative and beautiful but also edible. After enjoying them fresh every... View Article