Monthly Archives: October 2009

fast food the al dente way!

My friend’s mother used to refer to many of the quick and easy fare of the typical 60’s and 70’s household as a “dump job,” meaning there was likely to be a can of Cambell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup somewhere in the mix. Thankfully, time-saving measures have come a long way since then. Sure, there […]

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make new friends-with al dente pasta!

Here’s the scenario: Living in a new city. Don’t know that many people. Have challenged myself to cook pasta every day in October to celebrate National Pasta Month. It’s Saturday evening, daughter is babysitting. Everyone else is busy. What to do? Pick up the phone and dial the number of a delightful person I met […]

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take our halloween pasta challenge!

How would you like to be the featured recipe for Al Dente Pasta this Halloween? To get things rolling, we’d like to send a bag of our squid ink fettuccine to the first 6 people who leave a comment below! Last year, our friend Chef T. Steven Dick came up with a recipe which has […]

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the noodle master speaks!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XyoAZFREnY] We can’t help but love a movie dedicated to the love of noodles and broth in a bowl. The weather is turning colder, and scenes from the brilliant “noodle western” classic, Tampopo come to mind. As you can see in this clip, the Japanese are SERIOUS about their noodles. Lucky for us, our Egg […]

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the inspiration-giada’s everyday italian

The Home Cook Advantage: I love Giada De Laurentiis. Her recipes are absolutely perfect for the home cook and that is who Al Dente Pasta is made for. My belief is that pasta can be prepared in the home just as well as in a restaurant, sometimes even better and healthier–but always less expensive. I […]

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monique presents: al dente® pasta-organic duets!

  We made a series of these videos about a month back…just finishing up the editing. Our new Al Dente Organic Duets are made in small batches at our Whitmore Lake factory, but aren’t as widely available as our Classic line. You can find them at select retail outlets (such as Zingerman’s and Food Dance […]

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al dente® pasta with spinach, pancetta, goat cheese

It’s day number 3 celebrating National Pasta Month. My personal pasta challenge has been to make and eat pasta every day for the rest of October, sharing the recipes on the aldente canoodler. I’m finding tremendous satisfaction in this self-imposed discipline-measuring, documenting,  blogging-then enjoying the final dish.  All this with zero stress and no planning, […]

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national al dente® pasta celebration, day 2

ingredients for al dente® pasta with peas, pancetta, parm and tomatoes Still cooking from the same bag of Al Dente® Egg Linguine which yesterday fed 3 people. I’m only cooking for Theresa as Dennis and I are heading out to eat out at a restaurant in Chicago I’ve been wanting to try. Pasta with Pancetta, […]

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monique celebrates national pasta month

National Pasta Month is big news this year. Michael Chiarella, Martha Stewart and others getting lots of press and attention. But wait a minute. I’ve dedicated more than half of my life to pasta, so decided that I better celebrate this month in a more formal and public way. It is kind of a test. […]

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conagra has michael chiarello, but al dente® pasta has YOU!

BECOME A SPOKESPERSON FOR AL DENTE® PASTA, TODAY! Don’t get me wrong, I love Michael Chiarello. If I were ConAgra and had their marketing budget and could pay someone like Michael Chiarello to promote our product, I probably would. But, as I have said before, I am not ConAgra, and we do not have their […]

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don’t be confused. we are not conagra

I am not Marie Callender. She has passed away while I am still alive and cooking. She is best known for pies while I am best known for pasta. Marie Callender is a famous brand name owned by ConAgra while Monique Deschaine is simply the name of the person who started Al Dente, Inc. and makes […]

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