Grilled Corn Salad with Couscous, Avocado, and Cuke

I love corn and pasta in all their iterations! Summer ends for me when fresh corn disappears from the markets. This is my standard corn salad with the new addition of couscous. You only have a very few more weeks, so make it now~~~ INGREDIENTS 4 ears fresh corn (about 4 cups) 4 Tbsp. olive…

Not Just Another Pasta Salad

I know — we all have a zillion of them. And usually they’re filled to the brim with a a dozen or more ingredients that all intersect, and so all you taste is the dressing. This is my favorite barbecue side dish that celebrates the best of summer. SERVINGS: 8 – 10 SIDE-DISH  INGREDIENTS 8…

Bacon Mac and Cheese Attack!

Ingredients This is easy to make and super delicious. Outrageously cheesy, ultra creamy, and topped with a crunchy Panko-Parmesan topping, this mac and cheese recipe is most definitely a keeper. I used three different cheese and a homemade cheese sauce to take this macaroni and cheese recipe over the top. 2 shallots, peeled 3 cloves…

Ultimate Bolognese Sauce

I have a handful of recipes that I make again and again again — chocolate chip cookies, Parmesan vinaigrette, beef barley stew, Zuni chicken and this recipe — Marcela Hazan’s bolognese. It is perfect as written — and it is easy to make and so incredibly delicious. In fact, I think I’ll make it again…

Pasta Ponza

Hungry for pasta? This is my go-to recipe when I need pasta, pronto. Easy to make — most ingredients are in well-stocked pantry: olive oil, pasta, capers, bread for breadcrumbs, and pecorino Romano cheese — or Parmesan in a pinch. Try it — super easy — super delish! DIRECTIONS: Butter for greasing the baking dish2…

Pasta alla Gricia

This is that dinner that you put on the table when you really didn’t think about making dinner earlier in the day, and then after everyone’s eaten you’re wondering why you don’t make this every week. A 15 minute dinner from beginning to end with few ingredients — super delicious and so easy to make….

Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

This is an Ina Garten recipe, so you know it’s going to be delicious. Easy to make and great flavor. Don’t be scared off by the fennel — it doesn’t taste like anise once you’ve cooked it! One of my favorite quick recipes. INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons good olive oil 3 cups chopped fennel (1 large…

Orzo with Everything

This is possibly one of five recipes that has been on repeat through most of my adult life. I play with the “Everything” part so much so that the recipe is never the same twice. Pasta — with a vinaigrette — and lots of stuff in it is my idea of a great time! Ingredients…

Anne Burrell’s Lasagne

It doesn’t get much better than this. The cool trick here is laying out the lasagne noodles in two different directions which gives more stability to the lasagne. I’ve made a couple of edits to her original recipe that worked better for me. For the sauce: 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 pound pancetta, diced…