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I’m starting the year on the right foot. I’ve already watched a couple of movies to start my annual tally, as well as tried a few new recipes and it’s only the first week of January! 🙂

I have always had “make fresh pasta” on my life list. Ever since our trip to Italy two years ago, and our return trip last year (love Italia!!!), it’s bumped up on the priorities.

I figured since I don’t own a pasta machine or a stand mixer with pasta attachment, the easiest noodle to make would be ravioli. So I scoured cookbooks and online recipes until I found a recipe that would suit a first timer and had a lot of good reviews.

I ended up following the dough from here, and tweaked the pesto sauce to accommodate what I had on hand and reduce the recipe to 2 servings for my husband and I.

I admit to being a bit nervous. Homemade pasta just seemed so intimidating. But I persevered through my little well of flour and egg mixture, then through the rolling (and rolling and rolling) trying to get the dough as thin as possible. Then adding the filling in little piles on the first sheet of dough, brush with egg wash, cover with second sheet and I used a ravioli cutter but you could easily use a knife or a pizza cutter. Boiled them, then baked them for 4 mins to turn brown.

The filling was delicious with four cheeses: mozzarella, provolone, cream cheese and ricotta. For the sauce, I heated olive oil, added a fresh crushed garlic clove (from my garden last year), a 1/4 cup of my Genovese basil pesto that I froze last summer (and thawed overnight), about a half cup of heavy cream and 1/4 cup of parmesan. It turned out great (albeit the color was off because I didn’t blanch my basil when I prepared the pesto last summer..serves me right). 🙂

I was relieved it all turned out and the little pillows were delicious. Wonder what I’ll make next!

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I made this for supper last night and the house smelled so good while it was roasting. I really like fennel when it’s been roasted – the anise flavour mellows.  Honestly, I love anything that’s been roasted…it’s so darn good. This recipe has fennel, potatoes, carrots and onions. The pork is slathered in Dijon, thyme leaves, garlic and salt & pepper then popped into the oven with the veggies.

This recipe can be found here from the Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook.

Delicious and super easy – the hard part is waiting for it to cook and waiting for the meat to rest. Torture! 🙂


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I made this for dinner – it being close to Easter and all. 🙂

It turned out quite good, the veggies were very flavourful and the honey added a caramelization to both the lamb and the veggies. Tasty!



I almost didn’t get an AFTER shot since we had already started digging in! Forgive the messy plate. 🙂


The recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa “How Easy is That” cookbook and can be found here.

Bon appetit peeps!

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I made this today and we had some for dessert after lunch with coffee. Delicious. The whole house smelled like apples and cinnamon while it was baking. 🙂

The Barefoot Contessa recipe is here.


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I needed to use the eggs I had in the fridge and looked for a recipe that would need a lot of them and found this. I made this for lunch today and it was delicious! The potatoes and basil were awesome and the Gruyère cheese gave it some zing. With a simple side salad lightly drizzled with lemon infused olive oil and some pepper, it was a perfect light lunch.


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Although I haven’t posted much about my cooking updates, I have still been working my way through the Barefoot Contessa recipes and with this morning’s “Sunday Morning Oatmeal”, I’m now at 243 recipes completed out of 607. That’s 40% done! Pretty awesome. Ina also has a new cookbook coming out in October so I’m looking forward to that as well, just in time for my birthday.

My goal this year is to cook 40 recipes. The recipes I’ve completed so far in 2014 are found on my Cooking Goals 2014 page but I’ve listed them below as of this morning:

1. Butternut squash and apple soup (Jan 1)

2. Warm mushroom salad (Jan 4)

3. Perfect roast chicken (Jan 5)

4. French string bean salad (Jan 6)

5. Viennese Iced Coffee (Jan 10)

6. Spinach pie (Jan 11)

7. Jeffrey’s roast chicken (Jan 11)

8. Lemon yogurt cake (Jan 19)

9. Lasagna with turkey sausage (Jan 19)

10. Curried couscous (Jan 22)

11. Virginia Baked Ham (Jan 26)

12. Sautéed carrots (Jan 26)

13. Sunday Morning Oatmeal (Mar 2)

I’m also planning on making 2 more this weekend for lunch (Tagliarelle with White Truffle Butter) and dinner (Chicken Piccata).

We made a pit stop at the liquor store to replenish our wine fridge. This time we went European and picked up wines from Spain, France and Italy. Life is good. 🙂

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I made this for lunch today – it’s from the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook. We’ve been eating a lot of not-so-healthy stuff over the holidays and I was in need of a good cleansing dish. I had organic lettuce and beets as well as leftover goat cheese in the fridge so chose this recipe. I chose to roast the beets (tossed in some of the dressing) which allowed them to caramelize a bit. The flavours of this salad worked really great together – I’ll definitely make this again.


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