Pasta Puttanesca

I recently looked at my recipe index for pasta ideas, because a girlfriend was visiting. I mean, who doesn’t love pasta, served with a salad. A perfect meal. Creamy and cheesy pasta always comes to mind. But of course pasta with various types of red sauces, raw or cooked then pop into my brain… and

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Roasted Pork Shoulder

I recently read Nigella Lawson’s last cookbook, published in 2017, called At My Table. It didn’t seem to grab me like her previous 87 books, or however many she’s churned out over the years, but then, after I was done, I realized how many recipes I bookmarked. The recipes weren’t terribly fancy, but that’s not

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Trottole Trapanese

This is a pasta post, based on my discovering the cutest twirly pasta ever, called Trottole. I purchased the spinach variety, for color. As is my pattern, apparently, I purchase a unique pasta, then figure out what sauce to put on it. For the trottole, I decided to again make a Sicilian sauce that I

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Chicken Teriyaki

My husband, thanks to me, has quite a developed palate, considering how he was cooked for growing up. He loves Indian food, he loves Ethiopian food, he loves most Mediterranean cuisines, minus the olives and capers, and he absolutely loves dim sum. However, there’s no dim sum or Indian restaurant where we live. So when

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Avocado on Grilled Bread

In 2012, my husband and I were visiting my daughter in London and we went out for breakfast. This is what my daughter ordered. I took a photo of it because that’s always what I’ve done, even before blogging. It was just so pretty: mashed avocado spread on grilled bread, topped with oven-roasted tomatoes and

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Salmon, Rice, Spicy Sauce

I happen to be a fan of Nigella Lawson. She’s so prolific in the cookbook department, but each of her books manages to be different. My favorite is Nigella Christmas, but probably because I’m a Christmas freak. Feast is also fabulous. But maybe in my top five is Nigella Kitchen, published in 2010. Nigella describes

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Chicken and Sausage

When I read cookbooks, I am not turned off by long lists of ingredients. Nor do I look for the words “quick” or “easy” in the recipe names. I never have, even though I probably should have taken quick and easy more seriously when I was cooking for our growing family and busy as the

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Christmas Rocky Road

I happen to really admire and idolize Nigella Lawson. And if you do, too, you know she loves Christmas. This rocky road recipe is a Nigella recipe that she adapted for her Christmas cookbook, in order to make it more Christmassy! I’ve made it a few times now, and it’s become a holiday favorite for

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Forgotten Pudding

This recipe comes from Nigella Lawson, but not from a cookbook that I know of… I printed it, so perhaps it’s from her blog? The reason I wanted to make it again, and also post on it, because it’s so unique. Here’s a quote: “There is a wonderful poetry to the name of this dessert

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