Posts in the category: Pasta Entree

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Memorial Day weekend was hot and humid, but I loved it. We made some tasty cheeseburgers on pretzel buns. Our gym had a special memorial day workout class and a new girl passed out! I stayed in my two favorite spots, the one under the fan for strength training and the boxing bag next to the AC unit. It’s 10 am on Tuesday and my deodorant is already failing me. I’m not used to being this warm, you guys. I need to keep emergency deodorant at work. That’s my life now. I love summer, though, and won’t want it to leave.… Continue reading

Creamy Ramp + Lemon Pasta

Creamy Ramp + Lemon Pasta Recipe // @nicoledula

My week was made when Shoko shared this link to what’s in Prince’s fridge. He had 5 pounds of DUNKAROOS in his fridge! #GOALS He also had Usinger’s braunschweiger, which I grew up eating on thick and hearty pumpernickel bread because my Oma was very German. I HAVE THINGS IN COMMON WITH PRINCE. I highly recommend the link. Now let’s talk ramps. How are they so pretty?? I just can’t resist them in the spring, even though some people are over them. It’s the one time where the people of California are jealous of our midwest produce. I foraged these at… Continue reading

Dutch Oven Mississippi Roast

Dutch Oven Mississippi Roast Recipe From The New York Times // @nicoledula

This Mississippi Roast recipe has become an internet sensation. The original recipe calls for a chuck roast, a stick of butter, pepperoncini and a packet of ranch dressing in a slow cooker. Sam Sifton from The New York Times reworked the recipe to decrease the butter, increase the pepperoncini and make a quick ranch dressing from scratch out of pantry staples. I was drawn to the recipe because my husband loves beef and this recipe only required that I pick up a roast and some pepperoncini. Plus, I really, really love pepperoncini. I planned the meal for last Sunday, cooking away while… Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pork Ragù with Gnocchi

Slow Cooker Pork Ragù with Gnocchi Recipe // @nicoledula

You may have noticed on social media that I’m a big fan of the Great British Baking Show on PBS. My girls Cindy, Emily, Sarah and Megan love it, too. The first American season aired a while ago and is now available on Netflix, if you want to catch up. I believe it’s called the Great British Bake Off in the UK and has been on the air for several years. I read that the first season on PBS is actually season 4 of the UK version or something like that. The show is a refreshing take on a baking competition because each person… Continue reading

Vegetarian Taco Pasta Salad

Vegetarian Taco Pasta Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

First of all, hey! Vacation is way over and I’m back at it. Back at it plus Marc and I started kickboxing! A new studio opened up near our house and this morning we had our third class, at 5:45 am (big eyes emoji). It’s going really well. I love how I feel after class and I’m learning so much. Hopefully we can keep this going! Maybe I was still high on endorphins from last Saturday’s class, but it was the most beautiful day! It was sunny, warm and perfect for the barbecue we had planned. We invited Marc’s cousin, Chris, and… Continue reading

Ramp Spaghetti Carbonara with Poached Eggs

Spaghetti Carbonara with Ramps + Poached Eggs Recipe // @nicoledula

Last November, after meeting our new niece in the hospital, we went out for dinner at Mani Osteria in Ann Arbor. We toasted to little Molly and ended up having one of the best meals of our lives. All of the dishes were memorable, but the carbonara pasta with a poached egg on top blew my mind. Traditionally, carbonara involves cooking pasta and bacon and then mixing the hot pasta with raw beaten egg and cheese and allowing that mixture to coat the pasta in a creamy sauce that cooks from the heat of the pasta. Mani Osteria’s twist of adding… Continue reading

Vegetarian Spinach + Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Vegetarian Spinach + Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

Besides spaghetti with shrimp scampi, this stuffed shells recipe was another early success in my apartment kitchen. We were newly married with limited funds and in withdrawal from our parents’ ample cable packages. I often referred to the Food Network online for recipes, having missed that channel the most. Soon we discovered Lidia’s Italy, America’s Test Kitchen and Martha’s Every Day Food on PBS. And then I found food blogs and was set for life. This recipe is adapted from Giada de Laurentiis and while I’d made it quite a few times early in our married life, it’s sadly been… Continue reading

Spaghetti with Shrimp Scampi + Baby Kale

Spaghetti with Shrimp Scampi + Baby Kale Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I’m writing today’s post in between bites of lunch. It’s leftover from last night’s meal we cobbled together from a Whole Foods grocery run and a pantry item. My lunch bowl contains spaetzle topped with shredded rotisserie chicken and I dumped a lightly dressed cabbage salad with Asian dressing from the deli on top and mixed. It’s actually pretty good. Sometimes you’re hungry and making food feels like the last thing you want to do. I really get it. That’s why I want to share one of my favorite weeknight recipes with you. It comes together so quickly that mise en place… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 14 + Asian Cabbage and Beef with Soba Noodles

CSA 2014: Week 14 // Dula Notes

Saturday’s trip to the market was a chilly one and I couldn’t help but fill up on late summer produce. I stocked up on watermelon, corn and ripe little plums. I also had to get some honey crisp apples because they’re so good. I’ll be in full fall mode soon, but I’m savoring the last bit of summer while I can. I used the beets to make a smoothie recipe that I’ll share soon and I made an asian-style noodle dish with the cabbage that turned out so well I’m sharing it with you. Marc loved it. It comes together quickly… Continue reading

David Chang’s Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

I started watching the PBS show, “Mind of a Chef,” on Netflix and season 1 follows David Chang of New York’s famed Momofuku restaurants. He has a cult following for popular dishes like ramen and steamed pork belly buns. Since opening the first Momofuku in 2004, he’s made an impact on the food world by simultaneously respecting and disregarding tradition to create a new take on Asian-American food. His unique, unapologetic style is something that I gravitate towards. In the episode entitled “Simple,” Chang makes a Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup that I just had to make. It came together in… Continue reading