Ravioli with Ricotta and Basil Filling

Qualcosa bolle in pentola!!!   That’s Italian for “something boils in a saucepan”– a delightful idiom meaning “Something’s up!” So, qualcosa bolle in pentola here in Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach’s two wild and crazy cooking divas (and a small sweet dog named Juliet)  are back […]

Marcella Hazan’s Bolognese Sauce…sort of

When I can’t sleep (which is often), I read recipes or watch You Tube cooking videos with Juliet snoring contentedly by my side. I usually select a cooking theme and then I’m good for hours. During one recent insomnia-stained night, I came across this recipe […]

Elaine’s Fettuccine Alfredo

Elaine’s fettuccine alfredo. If it was good enough for Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, this fettuccine alfredo recipe is worth a try. (Kennedy-Onassis said it was “terrific, ” by the way.) As recipes go, this is a simple one. Like so many  gourmet dishes, the magic is in […]

Fresh and Wild Mushroom Stew (for the good times)

The vocabulary word for today is umami. Now don’t go getting all “low energy” on me. I really don’t want to see any of you putting your heads down on your desks and hyperventilating like this is just too hard.           […]

Pasta with marinated cherry tomatoes

Did you forget? This is National Lasagna Awareness Month. Funny choice of words, I think. Who isn’t “aware” of lasagna? Speaking of funny (well…sort of funny), this made me laugh. Reminds me of those wonderful classic Steven Wright jokes. If you want to celebrate lasagna […]

Red Pepper-Ricotta Pesto

One of my favorite cooking magazines, Cook’s Illustrated, runs a quirky “Quick Tips” column that I love. In a two-page spread in each issue, cooks around the country send in ingenious “hacks” they have developed to get around some of cooking’s daily annoyances. (Did I […]

Artichoke and Portobello Mushroom Lasagna

If you are a Garfield fan, you know that the cat hates Mondays (who doesn’t?) and obsesses over lasagna, announcing in one strip, “Once again, my life has been saved by the miracle of lasagna.” If you are feeling a wee bit let down in […]

Macaroni and Cheese

I’m not sure I know anyone who doesn’t crave a good plate of macaroni and cheese once in a while.  It is a true comfort food. Apparently, mac and cheese has been a comfort food for a very, very long time. Harold McGee, in his book On […]

Macaroni Salad

Comfort food. For me it’s macaroni salad. For as long as I can remember, when the going gets tough, I’ve turned to macaroni salad. Tax time. Macaroni salad. Doctor’s appointment. Macaroni salad.  Starting a cooking blog.  Macaroni salad. You get the picture. This is an adaptation […]