Category Archive for adventures & discoveries

Ringing in 2014

You may be wondering what Steve Lucky and The Rhumba Bums have to do with Al Dente Pasta. It’s a long story, but the short version is this: Steve introduced Monique to Dennis back in 1979.  Without that fateful introduction,  Al Dente would not be where it is today and here’s why. Yes, Monique started […]

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To Order Holiday Gifts

Ah yes! The holiday season is upon us. It’s our favorite time of year. We have so much fun creating delicious, affordable gift packs for you to share with family and friends. After all, who doesn’t love pasta! Here is a cheat sheet on how to make your Al Dente shopping simple and stress free. […]

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In Memory of Marcella Hazan

I’ve always given credit where credit was due. Marcella Hazan is the reason that our pasta cooks in 3 minutes and tastes just like homemade. When I met with Marcella and her charming husband in their New York City apartment  in 1980, she generously gave me a crash course in pasta making. Over the past […]

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Whole Foods Market Detroit Opening Day

We were so happy to be part of Detroit’s Whole Food Market Grand Opening.  So many lovely people came out to see us and we had a lot of fun.  Adrien and Margaux helped me feed the masses!   Fun to meet John Salley,  NBA power forward for the Detroit Pistons. He is an amazing […]

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Al Dente Spicy Sesame Noodles

Our good friends from Bona Sera Supper Club cooked up an amazing version of Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles.  They reported selling completely out of everything!  The pasta was a huge hit and will be on the menu again…. Love, love, love the beautiful colors of the veggies. Black sesame seeds may be my new favorite […]

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peggy does it again.

At a party on Saturday night, my long-time friend, Peggy Lampman noticed quite a crowd gathered around me and wondered what in the world I was talking about that had them so engrossed in the conversation. I’ll admit I was “talking shop” at a party, but no one seems to mind when you are telling […]

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Spicy Sesame Pasta and Gewurztraminer

Ahhh. If only every small town USA had the plethora of amazing food stores that bless the people living in Ann Arbor. I will say, however, there was a real void in the downtown area. Until Babo opened, that is. So super cool. Love the logo, the window dressing, the signage and the products! Not […]

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eating and cooking pasta in the big apple

It’s always a hard call for me as to whether or not to eat pasta at a restaurant. If it’s a combination that I would have never thought of, I’ll do it. Or if it’s a shape that we don’t make, I’ll go for it. So, while in New York visiting my kids there was […]

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the best chicken alfredo in the world!

Alex Young, chef and managing partner of Zingerman’s Roadhouse, really did it this time. The recipe that he created for Farm and Field, one of Al Dente’s new, organic pasta duets, is off-the-charts delicious! I haven’t had such an OMG experience in a long time, and it tasted so good! Our new line of organic […]

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pasta inspirations-my polish roots

It’s well documented that my French heritage has played a huge role in my passion for cooking and eating. Lately, however, I’ve had the opportunity to explore my Polish half, my Father’s side. Living in Chicago, one of the largest communities of Poles, has made this exploration all the more exciting and fun.  Last month […]

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back to cookin’ with my daughter!

Yes, it may seem as though I’ve been missing in action, but in reality I’ve been simply practicing what I preach.  I’ve been ” living in the moment” with my daughter, Theresa, who has just returned from France after 10 months of living the amazing life as an exchange student with the wonderful famille Buzy […]

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tout va bien. restaurants in nyc

All is well!  How many times in life can you say that you have no regrets?  Well, this is one of them. Last week Dennis and I were in New York exhibiting Al Dente Pasta at the Fancy Food Show.   When I’m in a city like New York, where the choices abound and innovation surrounds, […]

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