Posts Tagged ‘parmesan cheese’

Wild Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Shaved Parmesan, and Lemon

April 9, 2013 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad

We’re definitely moving into salad weather so here’s a recipe featuring pungent and peppery arugula tossed with homemade croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese and lightly dressed with good olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Don’t even think about using store-bought croutons. Homemade croutons are super easy to make and so much tastier! This is a simply-flavored salad […]

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Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna

October 1, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Casserole, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes

For the first day of October, I thought I’d post a pumpkin recipe…seeing as it’s officially pumpkin season now. I made this delicious Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna last night for dinner. While it may not be the prettiest dish (it is a casserole, after all), it definitely is flavorful and it makes a wonderful Autumn meal. […]

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Italian Wedding Soup

February 3, 2011 by andrea | 6 Comments | Filed in Chicken, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Soup/Stew

My first thought was, “Do Italian people really eat this at weddings?” I’m not Italian so it’s an honest question, don’t you think? After a little research, though, I learned that the “wedding” part refers to the fact that the vegetables and meat go well together in this Italian-American soup (hence the marriage). Whatever the history, it’s […]

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Summer Minestrone with Pesto

November 14, 2010 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Italian, Main Dish, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable

I got together with a group of girlfriends from my bible study on Friday to organize a friend’s garage. The friend we were helping is a mom of two young boys and her husband has been in the hospital for several months awaiting a heart transplant. Needless to say, it’s been a difficult season for this family, so a chilly, overcast November day was […]

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Really Good Lasagna

November 2, 2010 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Beef, Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes

Really Good Lasagna may be a goofy name for a recipe but it’s true…it really is good! Instead of using ricotta cheese like many lasagna recipes, this one layers lasagna noodles with a meat sauce, a creamy Parmesan white sauce, and Fontina cheese.  The resulting lasagna is creamier than the version most of us have had. It’s […]

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Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes

April 23, 2010 by andrea | 13 Comments | Filed in Chicken, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes

This beautiful spring dish is not only delicious but incredibly easy. I love how simple and unfussy it is: earthy mushrooms, crisp-tender asparagus, pan-seared chicken. Yumm! Serve with crusty bread for a fantastic yet quick meal! For more recipe ideas, check out: Tuesday at the Table, Tuesday Tastes, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Finer […]

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Basil-Lemon Pesto

April 20, 2010 by andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in Condiment, Dip, Recipes, Sauce

There’s nothing like freshly made pesto! This particular recipe fills your whole kitchen with the wonderful fragrance of basil, garlic, lemon and parsley…Yumm! The pesto only takes a few minutes to make and freezes well (always a bonus!). I’ve tried this pesto tossed with hot pasta and with grilled chicken…both are excellent! It would also be great in pasta […]

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Tortellini & Vegetable Soup

March 22, 2010 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Italian, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable

I’m always on the lookout for new soups, especially recipes like this one that feature vegetables. This quick and easy Italian-inspired soup calls for store-bought cheese tortellini (or your favorite flavor) and other ingredients that can be kept on hand. I followed the recipe except for sauteing some diced onion along with the carrots and celery. I also […]

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Spaghetti Squash with Brown Butter and Parmesan

February 15, 2010 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Here’s a fun way to eat your yellow veggies: cooked spaghetti squash drizzled with browned butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. It’s simple and makes a good side dish for chicken. Instead of boiling the whole squash, I microwaved it (saving 30 minutes of cooking time). To do this, carefully cut the top off the squash off an […]

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Pesto

January 12, 2010 by andrea | Comments Off on Pesto | Filed in Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce

The first time I tasted pesto was in a small restaurant in San Francisco called Restaurante Parma. I was in my late teens-early twenties and on a vacation with my family. Always being the adventurous eater, I ordered the pesto pasta even though I didn’t really know what it was. I’d never tasted anything like it before; there was […]

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