Category Archive for local interest

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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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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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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fearless cooking for teens

There is nothing like the satisfaction of knowing when you’ve come up with the perfect gift idea.   That is how I felt the day I offered my friend, Marra, a cooking class for her 18th birthday.    I could tell by the look on her face that there was nothing better I could have given her. […]

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pasta favorite for the college grad

photo by Lisa Monahan A Special Pasta Dish for a Special Young Woman All of my kids have their designated favorite pasta dish named after them. Today, in celebration of my God Daughter’s graduation from Ferris State University, I would like to honor her by officially publishing Jenise’s Favorite on the Aldentecanoodler. Lisa Monahan, a […]

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locals wherever we go

Al Dente Pasta Featured at the Ann Arbor 4th Avenue People’s Food Co-op for their Annual Meeting As Dennis and I travel the country, we always feel like we’re locals wherever we go. But in Michigan, especially Ann Arbor, we are true locals. Lately, whenever I have a free weekend, I’ve been going to stores […]

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