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Roasted Peppers Pasta

Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Gabi

Don’t you love those days when you can freely fire up your oven, cooking in sub-zero, Polar Vortex days as we have this wonderful winter in Chicago. There’s something comforting about that. Looks like the North Pole decided to move down here and we are uber-thrilled. Or NOT.
Every now and then we would have enough of this, pack up and head to Florida for a month or so. At least we break this winter in two. That’s when I tried this roasted peppers pasta, inspired from Jamie Oliver’s Cook with Jamie

roasted peppers pasta

I twisted this recipe adding mushroom and asparagus, which both can be easily left out if you aren’t a fan of those. Same with Blue Cheese which understandably, isn’t everyone’s friend. This dish includes plenty assertive ingredients (anchovies, garlic, blue cheese) to have a glorious outcome.

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Pasta Pesto

Monday, August 16th, 2010 by Gabi

Pesto Rigatoni

In hot and humid Chicago summer days, when the AC is almost always on, (don’t remind me of the electricity bill), the last thing I want to do is spend the afternoon in the kitchen having the oven or stove on. I admit, I need an effort to become creative at whipping out dishes (decent ones, mind you) under one hour. I usually take refuge doing something on the grill, but there are days when I couldn’t bear the sight or smell of barbecued meat (as much as I love it!). So then, what do I do? Start by opening the fridge veggie bins for some inspiration. That quickly turns me off since sometimes all I find are some pathetic wilted scallions or forgotten half bell peppers. I am a very clumsy meal planner, so most of the time I have to improvise with what’s at hand. And oh look! What’s on our counter!! A beautiful bouquet of fresh basil that my brother in law brought over from his garden! My creative wheels start to turn. I open the freezer, there lies a package of walnuts. A jar of sun dried tomatoes in the fridge. Enough garlic to feed an army. I look at the clock – it’s 5:15 p.m. Heck, I might be able to pull it off too feed them for our religious 6 o’clock-dinner-on-the-table time. It’s Pesto!

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Wordless Friday – Spinach Ravioli with 4 Cheese Filling

Monday, August 31st, 2009 by Gabi
Spinach Ravioli

Spinach Ravioli

This Wordless Friday’s cooking was (among others) a superb spinach ravioli with a 4-cheese filling (Blue, Feta, Parmesan and Cream cheese) sprinkled with sauteed sage, and in a fennel-butter-anchovies sauce. As always, let me know if you need the recipe.

Four Cheese Ravioli

Ravioli all sealed

4-Cheese Spinach Ravioli

Pasta Basta (or home made pasta)

Monday, June 29th, 2009 by Gabi

No, that’s not a name of an obscure pasta dish, or anything near – just the title for my blog post on how to make pasta from scratch.


I enjoy cooking with store bought pasta (Barilla) but for certain dishes I like having home made fresh pasta (Pasta Fresca), since it adds a whole new dimension to the equation.

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The Universal Mushroom Sauce

Saturday, November 15th, 2008 by Gabi

In days when the inspiration muse doesn’t strike, it is always helpful to fall back on some good old recipes you know and tried before. One of them is my mushroom sauce.
A humble sauce but not with a humble attitude, my universal mushroom sauce makes many dishes happy, such as pastas (linguine in my case), stuffing, etc.
The one discussed here is a fresh linguine pasta I made with Semolina (Durum) flour.

Mushroom Sauce

Mushroom Sauce

It has a sublime texture, aroma and taste using simple but excellent ingredients such as garlic, plum tomatoes, mushroom and olives.
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