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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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Pasta with crab, fresh tomato and basil

Inspired by my trip to Maine I couldn’t wait to create a pasta recipe using crab meat. Pasta will be ready in just 3 minutes and tossed with thus delicious concoction. Pasta with crab,  fresh tomato, and basil 1 bag of Al Dente Pasta, any cut, any flavor 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil 3 cloves garlic, […]

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kasey’s pasta with kale

Think it’s time to revisit one of my favorite recipes from my dear friend Kasey Passen but with kale as the leafy green.  The reason I thought of kale is that while I was in France, it came up that kale is almost non-existent in France. It doesn’t have a name, none of my friends knew what it […]

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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 with Brie from the Silver Palate CookbookPâtes au Brie du livre de cuisine Silver Palate

  This is a great recipe to try before summer is over.  It starts with fresh ultra-ripe tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil that marinates at room temp all day.  When it’s almost time for dinner the fresh tomato sauce is ready to toss with brie, triple cream brie if you can find it, and fresh hot […]

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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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red, white, and (slightly) blue pasta

Here is something I would have NEVER thought of on my own. It’s also the reason I love having interns of a younger generation in my life. Hmm? Dying pasta blue with food coloring? Not sure how I feel about that,  but never one to squelch creativity, I told Danica to “go for it”. So,  […]

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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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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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cooking with cameo

Eric at Bona Sera Supper Club has a developed a recipe using our papparadelle.  Here’s what he has to say about the Butternut Pappardelle with Roasted Garlic recipe he whipped up with his cat, Cameo.  “I’ve whipped up a delicious and simple (but not quick!) dinner using their all natural pappardelle, which are broad fettuccine […]

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Egg Pappardelle with Bacon, Asparagus, Onions, and Shallots (do try this at home)

One of Monique’s rules for easier living she lives by is: never eat a meal while standing. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Make a table setting. Then prepare to cook a meal that inspires you to sit down and make the meal a lovely moment in your oh-so-busy life. Tonight, rather than eating something […]

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