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Macaroni tonight: Bucatini with Limoncello Sauce

Growing up in an Italian household with a stay at home mom, dinners were simple and inexpensive.  Macaroni or pasta as kids today call it was a cheap and effortless way to feed your family. Throw in some meatballs, old chicken or left-over pork chops and you have a meal!  Wednesday was indeed Prince Spaghetti Day in my house. Macaroni is such a wonderful thing.  Banished by so many health enthusiasts and waist watchers as a bad carb, macaroni in…

What to cook?

Let's do this  Wednesday's Recipe for Saturday's Dinner a little different this time. As you know, I have been remodeling my kitchen. It has been a lesson in design, function, patience and how to best drink a martini, daily, to get through it all.  I am now restocking my pantry and getting ready to post some easy recipes for the holidays so you can both relax and enjoy (and feed) family and friends. People ask me all the time how…

Ahhhh, Prosecco!

I love Prosecco.  I drink it all year round and from the time I hear that cork pop until the very last sip, I am in a happy state of mind.  Prosecco has helped me celebrate success and conversely drown out pure sadness at the loss of a friend.  I have toasted a Thursday night or two while watching Grey's Anatomy. I have slowly sipped from a  cold flute during a sad movie on the Hallmark Channel.  You can see, we are…

Pappardelle with Salmon and Lobster in Mascarpone Thyme Sauce

This is a my take on the many recipes out there for Pappardelle with Lobster.  I used more salmon than lobster for two reasons: the price and Chip shouldn't have too much shellfish.  You can use whatever fish you'd like. Ingredients 1 (8-ounce) package uncooked Pappardelle (wide ribbon pasta) 2 cups dry white wine 1 cup clam stock 1 thyme sprig 1 8oz  lobster tail 8oz salmon  kosher salt to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste  8 oz. container…

I can’t sleep……

It happens to us all every now and then.  The mind is overworked and simply cannot rest.  Tonight is one of those nights for me.  I went upstairs early and hung out with Jack eating popcorn and talking about the day.  Jack is a wonderful kid and is teaching himself Chinese.  He has asked me for Rosetta Stone Chinese instructions for his birthday. Last year it was Russian! Please don't tell my mother we ate popcorn in bed.  She does…