Bucatini alla Carbonara

Bucatini alla Carbonara

I have been wanting to make this bucatini alla carbonara for a very long time and have finally overcame my intimidation and just did it.

If someone tells me, “be careful making the caramel sauce and don’t let it burn”, then I am sure to burn it.  In the case of this bucatini alla carbonara it was, “be careful and don’t let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble”.  The first time I made this dish I was careful and, hooray, it was perfect!   It was so awesome.

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Semifreddo Trio, Chocolate Amaretto, Raspberry and Strawberry

Semifreddo Trio

When I was just a kid our family lived in a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley where it gets really hot and even hotter in the summertime.    On some of those hot days mom would mix up a pitcher of Kool-Aid for us kids….a package of Kool-Aid was only five-cents then, our family was a little…

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healthy whole wheat pumpkin pancakes

Healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

These healthy whole wheat pumpkin pancakes are low in fat and high in fiber and big on taste. I use whole wheat pastry flour in this recipe to lend a soft, tender texture to the pancakes.  Whole wheat pastry flour is ground from a soft wheat berry and contains less gluten and protein than regular…

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Big Bean Soup

Big Bean Soup

I just polished off a nice bowl of this big bean soup and it was so delicious!  Plus, it is healthy, low-fat, easy, and this recipe makes a big batch so you can feed a crowd or pack it away in the freezer.  This is truly a ‘fill-you-up’ soup and with just a slice of bread…

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pork-roast-2

Pork Roast with Garlic-Ginger Glaze

  It isn’t often that I cook pork. Maybe some pork chops occasionally and of course in the summer we do spareribs on the grill but it isn’t on my ‘radar screen’ and not a protein that usually comes to mind when searching for something to cook.

Pumpkin spice caramel latte cake

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Latte Cake

I live about an hour south of Seattle Washington where you can find a latte stand on nearly every corner. A couple of weeks ago I was on a trip to Eastern Washington where there are significantly fewer latte stands and a caffeine-deprived girl can go bananas. When I came across a small drive up…

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Artichoke-Ricotta-Gratin

Artichoke-Ricotta Gratin

Don really likes fresh artichokes, especially when they have been steamed and served with a huge dollop of fat-ladened mayonnaise.  And, he also likes this artichoke-ricotta gratin and said he could even eat it for breakfast.  We will have leftovers so maybe that is what he will get tomorrow morning……smile.

Pear Frangipane Tart

Pear Frangipane Tart

September is pear season here in Washington State and there are a lot of different kinds of ‘just picked’ pears in the markets so today I am baking a Pear Frangipane Tart.   I was looking through my Time Life Foods of the World  cook book on Classic French Cooking and saw a recipe entitled…

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Nutri-Ninja-Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-IQ

Nutri-Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-IQ

A food processor and blender are two of my most used small appliances in the kitchen so I was delighted when I was asked to review the The Nutri Ninja / Ninja Blender DUO With Auto –IQ. I had first seen the Blender Duo at the International Food Bloggers Conference in September. The company was…

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Ginger Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Ginger Glazed Rainbow Carrots

When I was just a little girl my mom would tell me to eat my carrots and they would make my eyes see in the dark like the cats.  I guess that wasn’t just an old wive’s tale or a trick to get me to eat my carrots as research now shows that the beta-carotene…

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tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

I first became acquainted with tabbouleh salad in the early 1970’s when we received our bi-monthly Time Life Foods of the World cookbook on Middle Eastern Cooking.  Tabbouleh originated in Turkey and migrated to the entire Middle Eastern countries.  I would say it is probably all over the world now.  It’s that good! The main…

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honey nut baked pears with ricotta yogurt cream

Baked Pears with Ricotta-Yogurt Cream

I bought a 10-pound box of pears at a roadside fruit stand last week and I have been enjoying them everyday. For the past three days I have been eating baked pears for dessert and this morning I had one of these leftover baked pears for breakfast.  It has been satisfying my cravings for sweet…

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Roasted butternut ginger soup

Roasted Butternut Ginger Soup

October, and the leaves have turned red and gold, the morning air is crisp and cool and I am thinking of a soup project.  Specifically, a good low-calorie, low-fat soup and roasted butternut-ginger soup fits the bill.   Perfect for a cool-weather lunch. A couple years ago, Don gifted me a huge book, entitled The…

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