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Lemon Risotto With Summer Vegetables

For the better part of the day yesterday I struggled with figuring out what to make for dinner.  It was like I was having what I refer to as “Cooker’s Block”.  I wasn’t in the mood for a major meal and didn’t feel like running to the market, nor was there time to thaw anything so I landed on this risotto.  The wonderful thing about risotto is that it is so versatile.  You can add practically anything to it and every time it becomes a whole new taste experience.  This particular recipe is savory and bright and is quite divine with some good bread and a glass of wine.

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Creamy Cheesy Fusilli With Sausage and Broccoli

I pulled some sausage out of the freezer this morning and decided this afternoon that it needed to meet up with some steaming hot pasta and lots of cheese. Thinking of my health and desiring some color to the dish I added the broccoli. I was aiming for something really creamy and full of flavor. Yes the milk and cornstarch might seem less than typical paired with pasta, but I assure you they provided just the level of creaminess I was looking for. Beyond that, the red pepper provides just the right amount of heat which adds that something extra.  If you’re looking for a quick, simple delicious bowl of pasta this will not disappoint. Give it a try and tell me about it or tell me about your favorite pasta dish.   

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Simple Chunky Guacamole

As with many foodies I look forward to the various holidays that come up because a large part of how I celebrate is through the preparation of a favorite meal. Cinco de Mayo was no exception – I had planned on preparing some homemade guacamole dip.  Initially I was thinking of altering my traditional version, but then came to the conclusion that some things are simply better if left untouched. Unfortunately, luck was not on my side, and I ended up with a nasty cold and the celebration came and went without any contribution from me.  Needless to say I was not a happy girl.  So yes, this recipe is posted later than I would’ve preferred, but when it comes to food I always opt to persevere despite life’s challenges!  All that said, this dip is a definite winner, and its super simple to make and even more delicious when eaten alongside a lime-infused Corona!  Enjoy!

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Fresh Parsley and Garlic

When I was a kid I recall many instances of my mother standing at the counter whizzing away at a big bowl of potatoes with her hand mixer.   Her goal-to have lump free mashed potatoes.   As a child I could’ve cared less how many lumps they had; they were always delicious after all!  But now I understand the need to serve that creamy goodness void of lumps, as texture truly does have an important impact on the experience of most meals.  Unlike my mom I’ve never been patient enough to stand and beat away until the lumps are gone and I’ve also found that beating too much air in results in sort of a gluey mess.  So I always opt for the potato ricer.  It works wonders and my potatoes come out lump free every time.  Beyond this simple yet significant attribute, this recipe really is flavorful; and above all it really is simple to prepare.  Try it, you’ll be glad you did! 

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Simple and Delicious Home Made Tomato Sauce

Recently, I watched an episode of “Tyler’s Ultimate,” whose theme was centered around Sunday dinner.  As always Tyler prepared a fabulous meal; this particular one consisted of meatballs, pork ribs and pork shoulder cooked slowly in a red sauce.  Watching this episode reminded me of my childhood sitting down to dinner with my family every Sunday.  I didn’t realize it then, but it really was a privilege to simply sit and enjoy a meal with the people you care most about.   Regrettably life feels so much different today, in the sense that most of us feel like we have to pack so much into our busy lives, and as well we are constantly distracted by technology.  When my children were small I was fortunate enough to be able to follow that wonderful tradition from my childhood, but they are grown now and Sunday dinners have become a rare, albeit very much appreciated occurrence.
So in honor of the Sunday dinners of the past, coupled together with the hope of many more in the future spent with family as well as good friends, I made my own home made red sauce last Sunday and I am sharing it with all of you in the hope that it will inspire you to rekindle this wonderful family tradition as well!  Let me know what you think and feel free to share on your “Sunday Dinner” memories… 

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