Bacon Sour Cream Noodles

Noodles with a sour cream sauce, salty bacon and the surprise of the bunch – cabbage! They come together in no time at all to make a comforting and hearty side dish that can fill in as a main.

Michael Symon made this in 5 minutes on his new show, The Chew. Have you seen it? I’m just a wee bit addicted to it, mostly because I like hearing Symon giggle and I like his style of cooking. It brings me joy. Not to mention Carla from Top Chef is a part of it too. Love her. Hootie-hoo…. 

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Italian Wedding Soup

Meatballs marry leafy greens, pasta and carrots to live happily ever after in this Italian Wedding Soup. While this is a popular soup for weddings the name refers to the vegetables and meats marrying well together. Minestrata Maritata. Married soup.

This Italian American version is lighter than the traditional Neapolitan version that uses an abundance of meat including prosciutto on the bone, sausage, beef and chicken with escarole and cheese like mozzarella and parmesan. The meat is slowly simmered for hours then shredded and added back into the soup, making for a hearty main dish…. 

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Ricotta and Swiss Chard Pasta

Pappardelle noodles tossed in a creamy ricotta sauce with Swiss chard and salty Parmesan. When I don’t know what to make for dinner I turn to pasta dishes like this with a few simple ingredients and minimal prep and cooking time. Even though the ingredients seem simple, altogether they are something special…. 

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Creamy Gnocchi, Butternut Squash and Spinach

Clouds of gnocchi nestle themselves in a creamy sauce amongst sweet hunks of butternut squash, tender baby spinach, fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. Swoon.

Lately I am obsessed with gnocchi, little Italian potato dumplings that are soft and pillowy, kind of chewy and in my mind, so versatile. I can’t get enough of them – whether I tuck them away into soups, saute them with any and every possible vegetable I can get my hands on, or douse them in red sauce – I keep going back for more!… 

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40 Cloves of Garlic Spaghetti

Whole garlic cloves are caramelized stove-top in an olive oil and butter bath until they turn a gorgeous shade of warm, golden brown all the way through to their very centers. The cloves are briefly simmered in tomato sauce then tossed with spaghetti and fresh basil before being served with Romano cheese…. 

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Shrimp and String Bean Pesto Pasta

I can’t get this meal out of my mind. I blame the walnut pesto sauce. The plump, sweet shrimp. The fresh, tender string beans. And  the chewy, rotini pasta. Because one humble ingredient can cause a meal to be entirely unforgettable but the sum of its parts deserve credit too…. 

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Athenos Feta Cheese Prize Pack Giveaway: What Would Yiayia Say?

I spend excessive amounts of time glued to my computer screen. For long stretches of time. I shop. I blog. I socialize. I search for recipes. All of which Yiayia disapproves.

Athenos Yiayia is the quintessential traditional Greek grandmother. … 

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