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Archive for Pasta & Sauces

Having a party is great and leftover food from that party is even better, however sometimes you just want to do something different than just re-eat(doubt that is a word) the same stuff. So here is a quick way to make a new meal from the leftovers. It is quick, easy and tastes really good.

Ok, I know, another huge lapse between episodes but don’t worry we are back on schedule…..oh never mind hopefully there will be another video up soon-at least before August. Little Kahuna 2 is doing great and already is 13 months old and walking all over the place though in this video he is probably only 7 months old. Hopefully he will start sleeping through the night and we can all get a little rest… wouldn’t that be nice.

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So after a 3 month plus break we are back. While some show hosts are retiring and un-retiring in the same day, I just chose to go away for a little while. Anyway the offseason was great, Little Kahuna2 is doing wonderful though his non sleeping habit is quite a drain and really is probably the sole reason for the break in episodes. Well enough of that, it is food time.

The is a Filetto sauce and honestly up until a month ago, I had never heard of it. Of course I have thrown onion in a pan with olive oil, garlic, tomato and some prosciutto before but never really gave thought to it having a real name. I guess what seperates this from an everyday sauce is the amount of onion. Never would I put two huge onions in like this recipe calls for but it works. It works in a great way, the onions just meld into a beautiful sweet backdrop for the tomatoes.

Also this sauce is great because you need to be hands on to cook it- and that is great? Yes, that means you get to stand in the kitchen drinking wine and cutting hunks of cheese and eating Prosciutto while slowly simmering the onions. Yes that is great.

Well hopefully I will be getting up an episode a week and as summer draws near will get back to Taste Test Tuesdays-


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This is a super easy recipe that laughs at typical Pasta Primavera because it does not sit in a liquid mushy mess of a sauce. Most times Primavera comes out swimming in a sauce/broth and the vegetables taste like a steamed mess. This way we add some complexity by roasting in the oven though this was originally intended to be done on the grill. The seasoning actually cooks into the veggies allowing flavor in every bite. The roasting concentrates the flavors of the vegetables while leaving them with enough bite to truly enjoy. With farmer markets having less bounty and gardens throwing out their final goods this is a great recipe to make when you only have 1 of this or 2 of that.

You can use any vegetable with this dish not just the ones I did. Below are some pictures of fennel as you might see it in the store.

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This is a very simple pasta dish to make and well worth the little bit of  time it takes to render the pancetta.

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Avacado Dressing – Episode 180

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Here is a quick and easy dressing that is great on salads but also can be used to top grilled meats and fish. You can replace the olive oil with sour cream or mayonaise or a combo of both if you like- This was the topping used on our salad, stuffed pepper and rice in Episode 179

Here is a quick meal to do with some fresh clams and scallops- this dish comes together in only a few minutes and is perfect in the summer.

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One of the truly legendary dishes in Italy and it contains an ingredient that can be hard to find guanciale, which is the dried pig jowell. YUMMY right! Well luckily if you are in the the North East and can get to a Fairway market then you can grab this speciality. Yes you could sub in pancetta but it is different enough to make a difference. So no adding onions to this sauce and if you have to go ahead and add a little garlic- I did.

Created in the town of Amatrice this dish originally was just guanciale and pecorino cheese- Hell that sounds just fine to me but after the tomato was brought back to Italy it got introduced to many dishes and well history of food is written new. So one thing is a must PECORINO!!!! Ok lets get eating – Oh and another little note- before Rome claimed the dish as its own the people of Amatrice actually proffered spaghetti.

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So Little Kahuna and I went shopping and he saw these cool little silver fish and thought they would be fun to play with. He was a little sad that the heads had fallen off on the way home but that did not stop him from helping me flour and fry them. This is a quick pasta dish and the Sardines go very well with the Puttanesca sauce.

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