Baked Gemelli with Herb Pinwheels

Today is National Croissant Day. When it comes to pastries, Croissants rank right up there as my favorite. I love Croissant Sandwiches. And I adore Almond Croissants for breakfast. Here in American, we think we know Croissants. What we know are grocery store bakeries. If you can, find a true French Bakery. What a difference!

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Dine with a Friend

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We aren’t here to talk turkey. Today is Dine with a Friend, Play with Dad and National Parfait Day. Those are all worthy of attention.

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Penne Pasta in a Meaty Sauce

Seems I’ve been in a Penne State of Existence lately. Yesterday with our Slow-cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu, and now today with a family favorite – pasta in a meat sauce. The nice thing about pasta dishes is that left-overs warm up nicely for a second bite.

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Shrimp Linguine with Tomato Sauce

Doesn’t this look yummy? Yeah, wish I could take the credit for this picture, but in all honesty, I can’t. As I mentioned before, my poor lap top is in the hospital for brain surgery. Until I have my own system up and running again, I am stealing pictures from the world-wide-web rather than down-load my own pictures. Still cooking, still snapping away, just keeping my pictures for another day. Maybe someday soon, I’ll go back and update with my photos.

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Italian Spinach Chicken with Penne Pasta

As it turns out, today is National Spinach Day. Now I suppose the best way to celebrate Spinach Day would be to make a Spinach Salad. Sure, that would be good. The problem with a Spinach Salad is that I would be the only one eating the salad. I might be able to sneak in some spinach burred under torn bits of Iceberg Lettuce, but that’s about as close as I could get with my guys.

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Sausage Broccoli Spiral

Bright, colorful and super easy to make – what could be better? Family meals need not be stressful – we have enough stress in our lives, thank you. A little chopping, a can of tomatoes, and there you go.

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Caregivers Day and Thoughtful Casseroles

Did you know that today is National Caregivers Day? It’s the one day a year when we should stop and thank the caregivers in our lives. We all have them. It could be the people that care for our children or the ones that care for our parents.

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Simple Fettuccine Alfredo

I love that National Fettuccine Alfredo Day fell on a Friday this year. A simple Fettuccine Alfredo makes for a delicious Meatless Supper. Add a little warm bread and a nice salad, and there you go.

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Lasagna Alfredo Florentine

It’s Friday. Ever notice how every weekend begins on a Friday Night? That makes Fridays just a little special, don’t you think? Even a Meatless Friday can be something wonderful.

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Linguine Pesto Shrimp Pasta

When it came to making this beautiful Friday Night Supper, I had mixed emotions. You know me, I love everything Italian. That is unless it includes Eggplant. Love the color, not wild about the taste.

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Celebrate Friday with a Five-Cheese Ziti Bake

Do you realize it’s been over a year since I last shared a recipe utilizing Ziti Pasta? I say that’s too long between recipe.

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It’s National Spaghetti Day!

Here me shout – it’s National Spaghetti Day! Like I needed an excuse to whip up a big batch of anything Italian. And a sauce that percolates in the crock pot all day – oh yeah!

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Friday’s Spicy Calamari Linguine

When Kiddo was just a wee little kiddo, he moved through the world like a little adult. He traveled with us everywhere, and developed a taste for the finer establishments. Unfortunately, by the time he was a teenager, his tastes changed. It was pizza and burgers and greasy-spoon dives. Typical teenage things.

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Panchetta Fettuccine Bolognese

Italian cooking has to be my all time favorite. So many flavors, textures and aromas. Italian pastas are a great way to stretch the food budget, too. Pasta is fillings. Whenever I make up a batch of Fettuccine anything, we are bound to have several meals out of it.

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Seared Scallops Over Squid Ink Spaghetti

While strolling through the ales of my local World Market one day, I spotted several interesting pastas of the dried variety. One in particular that really got me excited was the Squid Ink Spaghetti. Wow! I’ve always wanted to try squid ink pasta. Here was my chance.

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