Pasta: Sauces and Shapes

I haven’t really talked about it over here on this portion of my writing sites. I have been working my way through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this month. Basically, this means the amount of fiction I write in a normal month is now on steroids. The month of November is devoted to writing a…

Fresh Veggie Ragout and Cannelloni

Cannelloni and manicotti are pasta dishes that bring to mind Italy just upon hearing the words. They are essentially the same dish but with slightly different presentations. By most definitions the manicotti is a stuffed shell, where the pasta has been preformed by an extruder. The cannelloni is a stuffed shell that has been rolled.…

Lacto Pickles

When we plan out what we will buy for the garden every spring always have a few mainstays. Tomatoes and Zucchini are big veggies in our house that we like to have fresh as much as possible. They are even better when we can grow enough to freeze them for winter use too. We like…

Build a Lasagne

Lasagna is classically a special occasion food. There are a good number of steps to building one. So many in fact that it is not something you would find on the everyday dinner table. You would think making a lasagna would be an easy endeavor (it is). The concept is simple: layers of noodles then…

Puff Pastry with Rhubarb

This was a week of abundance. We went out to my wife’s uncle’s farm for some family matters and came home with a couple pounds of strawberries, a shopping bag filled with rhubarb, and a couple pounds of asparagus. The hardest part of getting large quantities of any kind of fruits or veggies is the…

Felaveri (Hot Chili Bread)

When I was in culinary school one of the basic classes was referred to our carb crash. This was the basic baking and pastries class. Half of the class was devoted to breads. The class started around 6 or so and would finish around noon or 1. Lunch was always something bread related. Felaveri was…

Bank St. Farmer’s Market

I know I skipped my normal Friday post this week, but I had good reason for doing so. June 1st fell on a Saturday this year. June is the month where the Bank Street Farmer’s Market in Kalamazoo Michigan, moves into full swing. From June through October the market will be open three days a…