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Seafood Marinara? Janine Knew Something Was Fishy…

I was milling about the seafood section of our local grocery store the other day trying to decide what to make for dinner. Nothing in the display case inspired me.  I eventually noticed the fish monger behind the counter. He was busy filleting a bunch of red snapper on a small work station. “Can I […]

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Homemade Ravioli: A Group Effort

My earliest food memory recalls making homemade ravioli with my family as a child. It was typical of Sunday dinner in our household. Everything was made from scratch and everybody pitched in. The task was labor intensive but far more rewarding than buying frozen ravioli from a store. It was an event that brought the […]

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Pasta with Chick Pea Sauce: One Pot Recipe With a Little Twist

I originally made this dish for Janine back when we first started dating. It was one of those nights where we arrived home late and we were both dead tired. Neither one of us wanted a dining experience. We just wanted fuel.  After taking a quick inventory around the around the kitchen, I decided to […]

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Pasta Primavera: Quick, Easy Dinner after Long, Hard Commute Home

Our daily commute to work is one hour and forty-five minutes each way.  On a good day, we usually leave the house at 6:00 am and return home at 7:45 pm that evening. Of course this assumes there are no traffic or mass transit delays (and there always are…). As much as we love to […]

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Penne and White Clam Sauce

Mention comfort food and people generally think of homemade chicken soup or meatloaf and mashed potatoes. These staples of the American table deserve their due, but for Janine and me, the most comforting of all foods is pasta. Not the heavy, unrefined “Red Lead” over spaghetti that is often served for Sunday dinner, but a […]

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