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Pasta

Daniele’s Peppers and Onions Spaghetti

Daniele’s Peppers and Onions Spaghetti

My friend Daniele is from Milano. A vegetarian, he made this simple, yet flavourful, pasta dish using just red peppers and onions. Despite my crappy olive oil (he made me throw it out), it was delicious. So, I’m off to buy proper olive oil (it […]

Pasta All’Interno Loddi

Pasta All’Interno Loddi

This recipe is from our multi-talented intern, Alessandro Loddi, who originally hails from Italy. Hi Alessandro! (ignore Doug’s very Canadian gesture). Alessandro treated Skunkworks to the pasta his Mamma makes him – a less spicy version of Pasta All’arrabiata.

Spaghetti Bolognese…Italian for Comfort Food

Spaghetti Bolognese…Italian for Comfort Food

I told my friend Paula I’d cook her dinner and asked her what she wanted.  “Spaghetti” was the response.  Normally I just wing spaghetti sauce with whatever I have on hand but today I decided I’d have a look to see if what I think […]

Vegetarian Lasagne with Zucchini and Kale (aka La, La, La, Lasagne)

Vegetarian Lasagne with Zucchini and Kale (aka La, La, La, Lasagne)

With or without meat, lasagne is a healthy and filling meal. Add in layers of vegetables and it packs a tasty and nutritious punch. Ingredients: 2 medium zucchini (halved and cut in 1/4″ slices) 6 sheets of Duso’s fresh lasagne pasta noodles (or lasagna noodles […]

Orzo Pasta Salad with Chicken

Orzo Pasta Salad with Chicken

I thought it might be time for a summer dinner salad so here’s a variation of the Layered Orzo Salad in Company’s Coming Meal Salads that adds chicken for protein and substitutes delicious Bulgarian feta (hat tip to Jordan and Emma) instead of bocconcini cheese. […]

The Great Garlic Escape…Garlic Scapes and Almond Pesto

The Great Garlic Escape…Garlic Scapes and Almond Pesto

I went to the Friends of Southland’s Heritage Farm Market this weekend and was delighted to find (among other things) the loveliest looking garlic scapes. Actually, they look like green onions having a bad hair day or a bit like SideShow Bob’s hair…except green. However, […]

Sundays are for cooking (well this Sunday is)

Sundays are for cooking (well this Sunday is)

My daughter has recently taken an interest in trying new recipes…or to be more precise, finding new recipes for me to try. Today I made the Cauliflower Breadsticks she found on Tumblr which are from the delightful Mama Grubbs Grub blog. You can find the […]

Jamie Oliver Meets The Honest Butcher

Jamie Oliver Meets The Honest Butcher

So I finally managed to get some pork sausage so I could follow Jamie Oliver’s original recipe for Jool’s Pregnant Pasta. As luck would have it The Honest Butcher had not only pork sausage but pork sausage with fennel – oh happy day.  I bought […]

Honest Butcher 1st Anniversary Pasta Sauce with Orecchiette

Honest Butcher 1st Anniversary Pasta Sauce with Orecchiette

On weeknights who needs to spend an hour our more cooking dinner…particularly when you’ve just dragged yourself home from work? Not me, that’s who.  This is a version of Jamie Oliver’s “Jool’s Pregnant Pasta” from his 30 Minute Meals series. I like to support the […]

Gn&*chi!…at least it’s off my bucket list

Gn&*chi!…at least it’s off my bucket list

Don’t ask me what possessed me…the god of stupidity visited me in a dream and said “Gee…wouldn’t it be fun to try making home made Gnocchi?” Actually, I had seen a recipe on 101 Cookbooks called “How to make Gnocchi like an Italian Grandmother”. My […]