Monthly Archives: February 2011

3 in 3-Rosy Red Pappardelle

This is such a great way to take a jar of pasta sauce to the next level. Add a little cream cheese to make it lusciously creamy! I own a pasta company, so of course I’m going to use Al Dente® Pasta and Monique’s Sauce, but this recipe works with just about any pasta and […]

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Kristin Cole- Wears Many Aprons

In the pasta world, it seems that we are connected by less than 6 degrees. Case in point: Last September, while participating in the Chicago Gourmet and Wine Show, Kristin introduced herself to me. She had remembered my presentation at City Provisions, one of my all-time favorite food meccas. After just a few minutes, I […]

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3 in 3 pasta recipe!

Are you ready for this? I’ve decided it’s was time to take  “3 ingredient Thursdays” to the next level, to a place I don’t think anyone has yet ventured.  Rachael Ray’s 30 minute meals are impressive, indeed. My goal, however is “3 in 3”-a pasta dish using 3 ingredients finished in 3 minutes. Yes,  you […]

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Feeling the Love

I marvel over the talents of the young people in my life. Case in point: Sophie Kruz, a film student at University of Michigan, who loves to cook and has grown up eating Al Dente Pasta®. Given that I am always looking for people willing to submit recipes to the Al Dente Canoodler (hint, hint),  […]

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Happy Belated Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Imagine my horror when I realized that February 7th had slipped by and I had missed National Fettuccine Alfredo Day! We ate pasta with leftover roasted chicken, mushrooms, spinach and bacon, and instead we should have celebrated with Chef Alex Young’s Chicken Alfredo. Chicken Alfredo with Mushrooms and Heirloom Tomatoes created by Chef Alex Young of […]

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Calling all Pasta Lovers

  Eat . Pasta . Love . Pretty much sums my strategy on living a life worth living.  Luckily for me I know a few others who abide by this same theory.This week, in honor of the “Love” holiday, some of them will be contributing their idea of a perfect Valentine Menu or Pasta Recipe. […]

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Warming up with 10 minute Minestrone

One thing about all the warning that a storm was heading our way–people flocked to their local stores to gather supplies. The stores were packed and the shelves were bare, including Al Dente Pasta. I always say, “as long as you have a bag of pasta in your cupboard, you can survive just about anything” […]

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Super Simple, Superbowl Creamy Cheese Dip

I have a lot of super simple recipes to feed a large crowd, but this one takes the cake. Everyone loves it. So, here goes: Monique’s Creamy Cheese Dip 8 oz. cream cheese 8 oz. goat cheese 1 jar of Monique’s Sauce, any flavor. (Marvelous Marinara, Outrageous Olive and Caper, Luscious Leek and Sundried Tomato, […]

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