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4 Cheese Baked Pasta with Mushrooms

One of the Saturday morning rituals at our house is to watch the mélange of cooking shows on our local public television channel, KQED.  Many times we are inspired to take dishes that are prepared on the show, dissect the ingredients and give a critical personal analysis of the cooking techniques used in their preparation… and […]

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Cassoulet

In the words of Julia Child, “Cassoulet, that best of bean feasts, is everyday fare for a peasant but ambrosia for a gastronome, though its ideal consumer is a 300-pound blocking back who has been splitting firewood nonstop for the last twelve hours on a subzero day in Manitoba.”  Cassoulet is a French dish of […]

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Timballo di Melanzane

   A timballo is a famous baked Italian pasta dish which takes its name from the Italian word for a large kettle drum.  It is a dish that is found throughout Italy but is most prevalent in the southern half of the country.  Each of the four provinces in the Abruzzo Region of Italy has […]

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Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sweet Italian Sausage

   We find it fascinating to walk down the pasta aisle of our local market and marvel with amazement at all of the different shapes, many of them whimsical, that are available for preparation in our kitchens and dining enjoyment at our tables.  In our home we most often use, like many of you probably do, spaghetti, […]

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