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a spring time pasta saladMemorial day pasta salad with cucumber and peas

Last week I got a last minute shout out to celebrate a friend’s birthday on her beautiful screened porch. It was going to be a wonderfully warm evening so decided I should whip up a quick pasta salad. Since I always have peas in my freezer, pasta in my pantry and usually at least one […]

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Canada’s Rock Star Chef

Windsor, Canada is just one hour from us so I would have thought I would have been more aware of what is going on in the food scene in a country so close. That’s why I was shocked to not have Stefano Faita on my radar screen. Afterall,  this guy is BIG! Chef/Cookbook Author/Restaurant Owner/TV […]

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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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pasta wreath

I just can’t stop thinking about this beautiful Spinach Fettuccine Pasta wreath.  This blog post was originally Kasha Varnishkes Fettuccine published on Dec. 2009.  I think it would look great on any holiday buffet in 2012.  I’m going to toss the cooked Spinach Fettuccine with pesto I made this summer and froze but you could easily use any jarred pesto.  […]

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Pasta, Yoga and Vegans

We travel to seek inspiration. Right? And in the case of people like myself and my good friend Kristin Cole, that inspiration often translates into new recipes.  Sure enough, Kristin just sent me this recipe which was inspired during her time in Costa Rica where she was training to be a Yoga Instructor.   At […]

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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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David Rocco’s Salsa Bolognese with Al Dente® Garlic Parsley Fettuccine

Cook: Alexis Avila-founder of Prepped and Polished, eater of Al Dente pasta eater since 1980. Sous Chef: Sandy Avila-an Italian-American who knows Italian food. Where: Our kitchen in Wayland, Massachusetts Inspiration for Recipe: David Rocco Ingredients: 1 onion, finely chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive […]

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Pasta Success!

                  As head of public relations and events for Wolverine CuiZine, the only student culinary magazine on U of M’s campus, I often have to plan fundraisers and social events for all members.  When it came time to brainstorm a local restaurant or brand that would be […]

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Wolverine CuiZine

Ever heard of Wolverine CuiZine? It’s Ann Arbor’s only student-run food publication.  Clever name, smart staff.  They hosted a Holiday Potluck and fund raiser last Friday night and served Al Dente Pasta.  Hope they raised enough money to publish the magazine.  Looks like they’re smart and good cooks.  Try the super pasta bake recipe for your next potluck.

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No FestiFoolin’

You could win a case of Al Dente Pasta and a $50 Zingerman’s gift certificate…. Not enough people in the world know about Ann Arbor’s annual FestiFools Parade. I want to change that. In my humble opinion, it’s what every college town needs. A perfect bridge connecting town and gown. On a personal level, it […]

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Bona Sera does Al Dente Pasta

New Year, new resolutions…Bona Sera loves good food… good food that is also good for you.  Here is our version of a light, healthy and hardy Pappardelle which serves 4-6: Roasted Cauliflower, Pepper and Serrano Ham Pappardelle Ingredients: 1 bag of Al Dente Pappardelle 1 head of cauliflower 1 red pepper 8 thin slices of […]

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supper for super bowl sunday

Hello.  This is Monique’s son, Jean-Luc, making my first contribution to the Al Dente Canoodler (this is a family business, after all). I’m writing from Toulouse, France, where I currently live teaching English and running an inline hockey program.  While I’m having a wonderful experience on this side of the ocean, there are certain American […]

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