Tag Archives: Italian

Adventures in Home Cooking: Italian Sausage with beans and tarragon

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In case you haven’t noticed by the lagging number of blog posts, it’s already been a hectic holiday season. After a quick scan of the calendar, every weekend is filled with preparations, get-togethers, work functions, etc. So, the problem is what to do when you get home. My first instinct when I get home is to crash, throw on Netflix, and throw myself at a bag of chips until I fall asleep. Not exactly creative, so I’m trying to grab inspiration wherever I can get it, even if it means embracing ingredients that normally don’t scream “delicious!” to me.

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Top Chef Season 7, Episode 11: Take me away from the ballgame

First things first, I sadly could not get a post up for last week’s episode due to major sinus issues and an overall week from hell. Long story short, our national nightmare is over and Alex is out of the running. Now, let’s focus on cutting the fat from the rest of this season…

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Another foray into veggiedom: Homemade Eggplant Parmesan

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So, I got a little inspired by our last meatless Monday, so I started looking into Vegetarian recipes that were still homey and classic. Veal or Chicken Parmesan has always been one of my favorite dishes, but I’ve never tried the eggplant variety. I’ve had bad luck with eggplant dishes (like my failed attempt at ratatouille), but after a busy weekend, a nice filling Italian dish seemed like just the trick. Continue reading

Going Meatless next Monday? Vegetarian Lime Orzo

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So, I know a few people who are now embracing Meatless Mondays (including our friends at Triangle Good Eats). Meatless Monday sounds like a good idea to me, but ever since my daliance with Vegetarianism (the hardest 12 months of my life), it’s still a little hard for me to imagine a filling, healthy, and satisfying meal without meat. Even my mushroom risotto needs chicken broth!

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Top Chef Season 7, Episode 8: United Nations

Before we start, one sigh of relief.  Thankfully, last week’s producer-driven stunt of pea puree-gate was given little screen time this week. Ed and Alex commented on it once each at the beginning and we were done. Top Chef, you should know better, save the manufactured drama for “Real Housewives” or the other Bravo ilk.

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A Night in 1964 at Capri

A week ago, one of my co-workers alerted me to an incredible deal; Dino’s Capri restaurant (6325 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615) was holding a special night where their menu would be at 1964 prices. Now, I love Italian food, so hearing I could get a full meal with pocket change was too good to pass up. However, as the state got a snow smackdown, it seemed like we’d need to rough it out for good food. That would be the theme for the night unfortunately.

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Adventures in Home Cooking: Tony’s Birthday edition

My typical birthday dinner is a night out, but I wanted to do something for Tony’s 31st birthday (yep, he’s getting to be an old man). I decided to tackle two of his favorite things; carrot cake and Spaghetti alla Carbonara. My attempts were both disappointing and delicious. Continue reading

Adventures in Home Cooking: Risotto Night

A couple of months ago, I made a resolution to start cooking more. I was the queen of the freezer and microwave, it was a little embarrassing that I was in my 20s and couldn’t put together a meal that consisted of more than “lift plastic cover, heat for 5 minutes.” So, a few times a week, I try my hand at putting together a meal from scratch. Continue reading

A Southern Season and gnocchi


Just a quick post with some pictures of our wonderful dinner and some of the goodies we got from A Southern Season and Trader Joe’s on our visit to Chapel Hill today.

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Let’s all go to the lobby and get ourselves a snack!: Food and Film

I admit, despite the chick-flick trappings, I am excited about Julie & Julia (and not just because Julia Child is my namesake). I studied film for a while, so a good food sequence in a movie that can make my mouth water is a thing to behold. Both film and food can be wonderful, disastrous, or bring out our deepest emotions. I rarely get a chance to bring the two sides together in real life, so I’m taking this opportunity to discuss a few of my favorite food-in-film moment (in no particular order and beware Spoilers!!): Continue reading