Category — Pasta, Potato, Rice, & Grain Recipes

{secret chef tips} Here Is All The Thanksgiving Advice I Have to Offer

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that a lot of people ask me for advice about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. But why keep it to my inner circle? Here, in pretty much random order, are the resources, advice, and tips I have to make your Thanksgiving cooking successful!


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November 18, 2016   4 Comments

{old school} Classic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

This is one of the recipes I use most often for a quick, last-minute dinner. It’s so simple to put together, takes very few ingredients, and is always absolutely delicious. A few years back I did some serious research and experimenting on Spaghetti Carbonara, which you can read about here if you’re interested. The upshot: the recipe below is the “real deal” when it comes to this classic recipe!


Recipe: Classic Spaghetti Carbonara
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May 15, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Power Pasta

I am a pasta lover and a carb-a-holic. And more than anything, I favor a heavy, creamy sauce on my noodles. But if I’m honest, eating a big plate of pasta makes me feel, well, tired. And I really can’t figure out how to fit a nap in every day after lunch. What’s more, I’m pretty sure it’s not the healthiest thing to eat a giant plate of what is essentially refined flour covered in heavy cream and butter. So what can I do? How can I eat pasta and feel good, both physically and mentally? The answer is my latest culinary invention. I call it Power Pasta.

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October 8, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Golden Potato Gnocchi with Herbed Brown Butter and Parmesan

I have been experimenting with making homemade gnocchi, because it is one of my absolute favorite dishes. But it can be hard to find a truly excellent plate of gnocchi, as they can often be gloppy, gluey, sticky, flavorless, and/or pretty boring. I think I have cracked the code here! These are pretty much perfect.


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August 19, 2014   6 Comments

{how to} Creamy Coconut Rice with Fried Garlic

I have eaten this multiple times over the past week, and am still not sick of it. It works beautifully on its own as a side dish. For an easy lunch I stir in some chickpeas sauteed with curry powder and cumin seeds. For a dinner party, it is great under Asian-marinated meat or chicken skewers.

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July 18, 2014   No Comments

{recipe} 10 Minute Dinner: Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter, Parsley, & Toasted Almonds

Dinner in 10 minutes from start to finish? Yes, it can happen. This is a super simple and fast way to make pumpkin ravioli taste great – and it literally takes 10 minutes from start to finish.

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January 22, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} The Best Homemade Mac and Cheese You Can Make in 15 Minutes

I thought I knew a good way to make fast homemade mac and cheese, but I’m reconsidering now that I have figured this method out. This recipe is totally weird and totally magical. I can’t actually figure out why this odd combination of ingredients would make such good macaroni and cheese, but it does. If you don’t believe me, try it!

The Best Homemade Mac and Cheese You Can Make in 15 Minutes

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September 27, 2013   1 Comment

{recipe} Oven-Baked Sesame Ginger French Fries (Plus 5 Tips for Making Great Fries in the Oven)

Do you ever look around your kitchen and think “what the heck am I going to feed this kid/myself?” That happens a lot around here; somehow, despite the overwhelming feeling that I’m wasting like a third of my life at the grocery store, there is no desirable food anywhere to be found, no matter how many times I open and close the fridge. On those nights that we happen to have a potato, I find that a batch of oven-baked fries is a good option because a) I know my son will eat them, b) I know I will also enjoy eating the rest of them, and c) I can feel OK about it since they are quasi-healthy as they are made from a potato. Which is totally a plant. Go ahead, sign me up for the “mother of the year” award.


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August 7, 2013   1 Comment

{make this} Fettucine Alfredo

My nephew is extremely picky – but one thing he absolutely loves is fettucine Alfredo. It turns out, you can make this fabulous dish in about 15 minutes from start to finish. And it’s extremely delicious, albeit incredibly rich and heavy.


I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe and it worked great, although I added a couple small cloves of crushed garlic with the butter and cream. My nephew ate approximately his body weight in fettucine Alfredo that night! And everyone else loved it too.

Get the recipe from the Pioneer Woman. And if you want to learn more about the history of this iconic dish, you can get the lowdown here.

March 22, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Orecchiette with Sugar Snap Peas & Parmesan Sauce

Today is officially the first day of spring, and I couldn’t be happier. Seeing all the green, sprouting stuff in the market makes my taste buds tingle. I am excited to shake off the last of those hearty winter squashes and tubers and move on to all things verdant, fresh, and crunchy. Sugar snap peas top the list of my favorite springtime treats!


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March 20, 2013   No Comments