Baked Ziti with Crème Fraîche and Spinach

Maybe I should be sharing a spooky recipe for today, but I wanted to share this because it is recipe you can make ahead. Basically you can follow the recipe below right up until the step where you bake it, and then just refrigerate it until you are ready to bake it. It might take a little bit longer to bake since it is cold, but I did it the day before and it was still great. So, if you’re getting kids or yourself ready for trick or treating, you can assemble this the day before or in the morning, then pop it in the oven while you get ready. Eat, then go enjoy some treats!

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Spinach and Ground Beef with Walnuts and Pasta

One weekend I decided to see what I could make with some ground beef I had in the fridge. I liked a recipe I found in my Back Pocket Pasta cookbook, but I didn’t really follow any of the ingredients…hers used escarole, sausage, pine nuts, and garlic. So, I was inspired and made my own pasta dish.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Mushrooms and Waffles

I swear I’m not being lazy, but I just don’t see the need to go through all the steps of sharing some recipes that aren’t ones I would make again. Let’s start with the waffles.

What’s wrong with this waffle?

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Pasta with Sausage, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

This was a recipe that had foods I wasn’t sure my family would like, all put together. The Fudgelet is sometimes funny about lemon, and he hasn’t had much in the way of nuts. Then K doesn’t enjoy kale. At all. But, I also want to make sure that the Fudgelet gets a variety of foods since even if K or I don’t like something, he might. I have tried cooking regular kale for K before, but never this type and I thought it might be better for him since part of his issue with kale is the curly texture. This is smoother and seemed closer to spinach.

What do you think they thought?

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Baked Pasta with Mushrooms, Sausage, and a Cream Sauce

Here is a dish I was able to make while having to watch both kids on a weeknight. It was delicious and well-liked by everyone. K asked if we could have it again soon, so maybe on the next cold weather day. I really liked the crispy topping with the creamy mushroom sauce.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Pasta Machines

If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I was super excited about a Christmas present from my husband K. Pasta maker attachments for my stand mixer! I’ve been making pasta with my by-hand pasta machine, but it’s been difficult and messy. The main issue is that I couldn’t attach the machine to my countertop because my counter is too thick for it. So, I end up trying to hold it in place while cranking the pasta. And, it is still pretty easy, but you obviously need a little muscle effort (maybe a fancier one is better, but mine was only $40 at a discount store), which is difficult when trying to hold a wobbly machine. Well, I heard the stand mixer attachments worked well, but I didn’t want to spend $150 on them.

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Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

This is a great make ahead dish and looked mediocre before baking it, even if you don’t have to according to Ina.

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