This Gnocchi with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pancetta and Roquefort Cheese is so incredibly savory and flavorful you won't be able to put down the fork!

In my mid-20s, before culinary school, I was fairly unadventurous in the kitchen. Once I came up with a good recipe I would make it over and over again until I was sick of it. One of my favorite dinners was a pasta dish made from olive oil, basil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and parmesan. Kind of a deconstructed pesto. It was delicious. I don’t find myself making it very often these days but it did serve as the inspiration for this gnocchi recipe.  [Read more...]

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Spaghetti with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Brown Butter Sauce - a simple, comforting dinner.

It is very difficult going through life as a space cadet. I am constantly emailing myself reminders because I know most thoughts won’t stay in my head for more than a moment. I’m the only person I know who can repeat the two thing I need from downstairs, out loud, all the way down the stairs and still forget one of the things.  [Read more...]

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Asian Beef Noodle Salad Recipe

As I previously mentioned, this month I’m taking part in a Kitchen PLAY campaign called “30 Days of Family Health” that will highlight a variety of healthy recipes from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). You can learn about or purchase any of these healthy cookbooks online (Use code: KITCHEN2013 for a 25% discount on all books at the ADA online store through October 4, 2013).

Asian-inspired cuisine is a dinnertime staple in our home. Stir-fry recipes, soups, rice and noodle dishes are comforting, satisfying and full of ingredients that give you a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to flavor. I think we’ve all had variations of these dishes that are full of oil, but the truth is you only need a small amount of flavored oil to spice up Asian cuisine while keeping it healthy. While flipping through my second cookbook from the American Diabetes Association, Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking, I immediately landed on an Asian Beef Noodle Salad. It had all of the ingredients I love using; peanut butter, lime juice, mint, soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil… these are the flavors that make you forget about sugar and fat. [Read more...]

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Edamame, Mint and Arugula Pesto Pasta Recipe ~ Savory Simple

What defines a perfect summer meal to you? Anything with fresh, seasonal produce? Perhaps it means not having to turn on the oven. Maybe your perfect meal is grilled outside as the sun is beginning to set and the temperatures are cooling down. Or maybe it means something light and figure-friendly.

To me, the perfect summer meal is a simple one: pesto pasta. [Read more...]

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I’m kind of a nostalgia junkie. I love visiting sites such as this one and enjoying small trips down memory lane. I get this strange feeling in my chest when I see something I’d completely forgotten about. It’s hard to describe the feeling… a jolt? A rush of joy mixed with a touch of longing and a dash of sadness? I always find forgotten memories slightly sad. What else am I forgetting? Regardless, I love the feeling. A single image can bring back so many associated memories. A glimpse of an old toy will take me back to the room where I played with it. 30 years may have passed since I’ve tasted a particular candy but I remember exactly how it tasted the moment I see it. It’s amazing how our minds work, isn’t it?

I don’t live terribly far from my first childhood home. My parents still reside in the house where I lived from age 9 until college so I visit it regularly. But that first house… I want to peek inside so badly and see how it looks 25 years later. Sometimes when I’m in the neighborhood I’ll drive past it. There’s a tot lot right behind the house. I haven’t been there in years but there have been days when I’ve sat on the swings at the tot lot, marveling at the short distance between the playground and my old backyard. It’s a small hill, but when I was little it was like running the length of a football field. At the end of the football field was a massive weeping willow tree that I used to hide under. The tree is still there. [Read more...]

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