Posts in the category: Pasta Entree

CSA 2013: Week 9 + Orecchiette with Sausage and Rainbow Chard

You know what I love most about belonging to a CSA? It really encourages me to eat lots of vegetables. I love vegetables, but unless our CSA is going on, I don’t feel like I eat enough of them. Since our CSA started, I also haven’t had to purchase greens for our morning smoothies. The kale, romaine, chard and radish greens have all found their way into smoothies and its fun to mix up the flavors. Last night I made a vegetarian greek salad with romaine, patty pan squash, cucumber, grape tomatoes, roasted beets and spring onions. Served with pita… Continue reading

Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese

Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese Recipe // Dula Notes

Of all of the fall-ish things I’ve been doing lately, one of the best was making this mac and cheese. I was a little giddy as I stirred the creamy cheese sauce and noodles together. It made that familiar squishing sound as the noodles gave into a sea of cheese. The dish, brimming with sauce and noodles, was placed in the oven to bubble away. I watched as the panko crisped to a golden brown. The perfume of cheese and toasted bread hung in the kitchen. After all of that romance, you get to eat it, too. I had been… Continue reading

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe // Dula Notes

Having dinner with friends at our home or theirs always makes my heart happy. Catching up, laughing and learning things from each other is, for me, the best way to spend a few hours. At the end of these happy gatherings, Marc and I laugh over the evening’s highlights as we get ready for bed. To get the most out of our time together with friends, I like to make side dishes that can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until it’s time to eat. A quick stir is the only thing left to do, but isn’t mandatory if… Continue reading

Kale and Garlic Scape Pesto

The first time I tried kale, it was true love. Its mild flavor, versatility and wonderful health benefits won me over quickly. It can be juiced, baked or sautéed. Its exterior repells water better than most greens and that attribute allows it to hold up remarkably well in soup or as a pizza topping. I recently was caught up in a personal Vita-Mix demonstration at Williams Sonoma and went from, “That’s crazy expensive” to “I need one” in about 20 minutes. She talked about smoothies, homemade peanut butter, soup and ice cream. I hung on her every word until she told me that… Continue reading

Radicchio and Spinach Orzo

Radicchio and Spinach Orzo Recipe // Dula Notes

As a lover of food, I really enjoy investigating it. Eating out from time to time provides lots of inspiration when I’m back in my own kitchen. Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to lunch with Cindy and Megan and we shared the prettiest charcuterie plate. I was really digging the olive tapenade that came on the side and was really intrigued by its contents. I’m not quite sure we figured it out because something looked pink and pickled in there, but we had fun trying. At a birthday dinner recently, I ordered salmon and it came with this orzo on… Continue reading

Weeknight Pho

My first time having pho was during our September California trip and it was quite an experience. After entirely too much online research (people are really passionate about their pho), I finally picked a place near the San Jose airport based on Foodspotting recommendations. We pulled into a strip mall and as we approached the doors, we were quickly ushered to a communal tables by a man with a huge smile. The menu took some deciphering, but we ordered our pho and pearl drinks sensing our waitress’ impatience. Then we just sat back and took the whole place in. It… Continue reading

Pasta with Tender Ramps

Pasta with Tender Ramps Recipe // Dula Notes

Our Farmer’s Market is set to open up this weekend, but until it does I frequent a tiny spot in the produce section of Whole Foods where I can score some really fresh seasonal goodies. When I find something of interest, I get very excited. I enjoy the little thrill from not having a recipe in mind and I also love seeing if I can stump the fine people at the checkout. I find that they are better than most at knowing their produce and sometimes they’ll ask what I’m making. It’s the little things. I spied ramps recently and… Continue reading

Greek-Style Penne with Lamb

Recently I went to my Epicurious app looking to change things up and this pasta dish stood out as a unique and easy way to liven up a week day. The combination of vegetables and lamb with that hint of spice from the cinnamon made the cooling temperatures more welcomed. We both enjoyed this dish very much and it would work well for company. Add an easy salad and some bread for the ultimate comfort food experience. Our Farmers Market closes after next weekend and I hope to scoop up some more parsnips to make this dish again. My camera… Continue reading

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad Recipe // Dula Notes

You know how I said a while back that side dishes give me a mini panic-attack? Things have changed and I want to share the recipe that helped change it all. It was time to make a pasta salad for a friend’s gathering and I looked high and low for something interesting. Memories of my first teenage pasta salad came flooding back, where I tried to wing it with terribly bland results. Thanks, memories. I stumbled on this recipe and saw sundried tomatoes-good, garlic-good, pasta-good. Ok, let’s do it. Marc and I loved this salad. Everybody at the party loved… Continue reading

Pasta with Fresh Heirloom Tomato Sauce

I love the Farmer’s Market because it is just a beautiful place to be. I’ve heard people mention that they don’t like when they cannot bring a shopping list and get everything they want, but that is part of what I love about it. It gives you the opportunity to be creative and find the freshest produce for your meals that week. Last weekend, we stopped by a stand that offered the prettiest heirloom tomatoes and all of her fruit looked amazing. I picked out a few varieties of the heirloom tomatoes (even though I wanted them all) and then… Continue reading