Category Archives for Pasta

Ina Garten’s Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola

Most often, when I see recipes with quantity-ingredient combos such as one cup heavy cream, two sticks butter, a quarter pound cheese, I don’t give them a second look. It just never seems necessary — comfort food can succeed at … Continue reading

17. October 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Pasta, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 59 comments

Orecchiette with Brown Butter, Brussels Sprouts & Walnuts

Friends, I opened the mailbox this morning and found a hand-written note from a dear old friend. I had to transcribe it and share it with you. Dear Ali, I hope this letter finds you well. I just wanted to … Continue reading

07. October 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Pasta, Pizza, Vegetarian | 36 comments

Shells with Red Pepper-Tomato Sauce // Also, More Pegboard

To say that the move north — from the weeks of packing to the two-day drive to the week of unpacking — has taken a toll on the children’s diet would be an understatement. There has been too much takeout, … Continue reading

22. August 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Pasta, Vegan, Vegetarian | 46 comments

Pasta with Chicken, Lemon & White Wine — A Meal to Take to a Friend // Also, Spatchcock Chicken

Do you ever find yourself needing to prepare a meal for a friend? Perhaps a new mom? Or someone on bed rest? Or just someone in need? As comfortable as I feel in the kitchen, cooking for these sorts of … Continue reading

18. February 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Chicken, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Meat, Pasta | Tags: , | 54 comments

Arancini Mac & Cheese

On many Sundays during the summer we find ourselves at 2Amys, tired and famished after a long morning at the zoo, trying to keep our two thrashing children from making too much of a disturbance. An order of arancini — … Continue reading

29. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Cheese, Entrees, Pasta | 22 comments

Homemade Breadcrumbs & Infinite Ways to Use Them

Homemade breadcrumbs slipped into our dinner regimen slowly, appearing on our salads to start, the kale caesars in particular, quietly replacing croutons altogether. But shortly after their introduction, perhaps encouraged by their warm reception, they made haste, and soon began … Continue reading

18. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Bread, Entrees, Pasta, Salads, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 23 comments

Super Fast Pasta Dish: Rotini with Butternut-Sage Sauce

Every so often all of my recipe hoarding proves worthwhile. A couple of nights ago, while fishing through my pasta file, pulling out every gnocchi recipe I have saved over the past decade, I found a recipe — penne with … Continue reading

16. October 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Entrees, Pasta, Vegetarian | 40 comments

Linguine with Roasted Red Peppers, Crabmeat & Basil

This time of year, all I want to eat is fresh fish. Grilled whole, pan-seared, raw — I don’t care. Unfortunately, the markets in my town make this sort of desired eating an impossibility. Where I live, the freshest fish … Continue reading

10. August 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Fish, Pasta, Seafood | 28 comments

Summer Squash Spaghetti

Several years ago I bought a Benriner turning slicer. It is a ridiculous (but fun) tool that sits in my cupboard 364 days a year. To justify hanging on to it, I pull it out every year, just once, at … Continue reading

14. June 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eating Locally, Entrees, Pasta, Vegetarian | 20 comments

Orecchiette Carbonara with Asparagus — 2nd Easiest Weeknight Dinner

Hello there. Just a quick midweek post here. Thought I’d share with you all how I’ve made my favorite easy weeknight dinner both more and less involved. Let me explain. Adding asparagus to pasta carbonara adds about a minute more … Continue reading

24. April 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Eating Locally, Entrees, Pasta | 21 comments

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