Summer Spaghetti

Summer SpaghettiIf you were to judge dinners around here by my instagram feed, or say, by the contents of my fridge at first glance, you might reasonably come to the conclusion that I feed my family nothing but berries and stone fruit.  And while I admit that a huge portion of our diet in the summer consists of just that (blackberries, and nectarines, and blueberries, oh my!), I do make dinner.  Every night.  (They insist on being fed every night, the nerve of them!) Summer dinners just tend to be a bit lazier more causal then their cooler-season counterparts. [Read more...]

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti CarbonaraYou know when people talk about food moments?  It’s one of my favorite ways to connect with people over food.  We all have them.  A food that triggers a memory of a moment in your life, whether its painful, joyous, confused, or pensive.  I often hear about food being a sort of universal language, a universal ice-breaker, because hey, we all eat.  Any of use could think of at least a dozen moments in our lives that we consciously or subconsciously link to a moment in time, or a time in our lives.  The smell of bread rising in your grandma’s kitchen.  The specific brand of pizza puffs that you’d heat up after long nights out in college.  The pastry you got from that little shop across from your hotel on your honeymoon.  It’s part of what’s so wonderful and universal about food, how it can transport us. [Read more...]

Spaghetti with Cauliflower Pesto

DSC_0216These days, if you’re looking at a recipe involving both pasta and cauliflower, chances are that it’s an attempt to turn the cauliflower into a sort of pasta substitute.  I get it.  People on gluten-free and low carb diets miss pasta.  I would, too.  That, however, is not the point of this recipe.  I won’t even go so far as to say that this is a healthy pasta dish.  Although it’s certainly a bit lower on the calorie count than an alfredo sauce, that’s not really the point either.  ”So what is the point?” you ask.  The point is that it’s delicious. [Read more...]