Tomato and Pesto Flatbread Pizza

Tomato and Pesto Flatbread Pizza

I’m not much of a kneader.  Yeast and kneading terrifies me.  I know it sounds silly but I haven’t had the best of luck with them.  I will eventually get to them again but in the meantime, I like to take shortcuts.  Pizza is always a good meal for when I’m lazy and don’t feel much like cooking.  Yes, I can be a moody cook at times.  But aren’t we all sometimes?

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Linguini with Roasted Red Pepper and Pancetta

Linguini with Roasted Red Pepper and Pancetta

Today is National Pasta Day! And as such, I have prepared this lovely and tasty dish.  You may think pancetta and roasted red peppers are not flavorful enough, but with anchovy paste and white wine… it packs a ton of flavors!

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Pancetta and Summer Squash Risotto

Pancetta and Summer Squash Risotto

This past week, we’ve been doing some upkeep to the house on the outside in preparation for the rainy season.  We got our house (shingles) stained, painted, gutters patched and cleaned.  The work is almost done and it looks beautiful! Antonio, our contractor, did a great job! I can’t wait to see when it’s completely finished.

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Penne with Chicken Sausage and Crimini Mushrooms

Penne with Chicken Sausage and Crimini Mushrooms

I generally don’t care for cream in my pasta dish, mainly because it’s too rich and heavy.  However, I had some cream I needed to use up so I decided to add it to my pasta.  It was divine! You can’t even tell there’s cream in it.  For a pasta dish with cream, it was rather light.  So if you’re worried about this dish being too rich and heavy, don’t be!

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Salami French Bread Pizza

Salami French Bread Pizza

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Chris and I drove up to Healdsburg this past weekend and indulged ourselves in some serious seafood tapas at our favorite restaurant (pictures posted here).  Afterwards, we went to our favorite bakery up there to pick-up some sweet treats.   By the time when we got home, I was feeling extremely lazy.  But I still have to get dinner on the table.  So, I threw something together quickly.  I love those meals where it’s easy to assemble, takes no time to make and is easy to clean up.  Sometimes, you just need those no-brainer recipes in your repertoire.  Enjoy the week.

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Wild Mushroom Risotto with Summer Truffles

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Summer Truffles

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Chris and I were lazy pretty much all weekend long.  I love those kinds of weekends! And since we were lazy, I made a simple risotto dish for dinner.

We are mushroom lovers so we really dig this wild mushroom risotto recipe.  Now I know mushroom is an ingredient that most people either love or hate so if you are a lover like us, you’ll really love this dish.  And this can easily be a vegetarian friendly dish —just swap out the chicken broth for veggie broth.  Have a great week!

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Baked Rigatoni with Chicken Sausage

Baked Rigatoni with Chicken Sausage

I’ve been in a pasta mood lately.  Mainly because it can feed a lot of people and it keeps well as leftovers.  When I decided to make this dish, I had my nephew’s palate in mind.  Kimi is out of town and she asked me if I could make additional servings to feed LLJ and LLS.  LLJ is a huge cheese and pasta fan so I thought he might enjoy this one.  I know Chris and I sure did! 🙂 Have a great long weekend everyone!

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Linguini with Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Linguini with Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Chris left for Michigan yesterday to visit his family.  The night before he left, I wanted to make him something delicious but quick for dinner.  This pasta hit all the right spot.  It’s tasty, pretty and filling! We paired this pasta dish with a glass of Chardonnay.  It was the perfect meal together.  Love you honey! Will have another yummy meal for you when you come home. xoxo!

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Spaghetti with Green Chard and Chorizo

Spaghetti with Green Chard and Chorizo

I adapted this recipe from a magazine I was reading at my Acupuncture’s office.  It was about healthy eating, yada, yada.  Blah! I mean, don’t get me wrong —I’m all for healthy eating but the recipe was basically whole wheat pasta, pine nuts, lemon zest/juice, collard greens, garlic and Pecorino Romano cheese.  The recipe didn’t sound all that great to me but the picture sure looked fantastic.  So I decided to make it but I tailored it to my liking.  This one is a winner, will be making more of it soon.  Happy Friday!

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Beef and Cheese Manicotti

Beef and Cheese Manicotti

This was my first stuffed pasta recipe I learned 5-6 years ago, and it has been a staple in my household whenever we wanted something hearty in the form of pasta.  I have to admit, this dish does take some time to make but it’s totally worth it! Plus, it can feed a lot of people if you are casually entertaining.  The trick to stuffing these tube pastas quickly and maximize the stuffing in each tube is with a demi spoon.  You can cram a lot in there and in a flash.  Add a simple salad and you have yourself a meal!

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