Pastina is Italian comfort food. I think everyone who was raised in an Italian household would agree. Pastina, tossed with butter, was baby's first solid. Pastina chicken soup was served as a hearty lunch, a quick and easy dinner on a Saturday night (after confession), and medicine to chase away a Winter cold. Each family recipe is a little different but the constant ingredient is the pastina, or little pasta. There are many varieties. For my recipe here, I used stelline, or little stars. Here's a chart with different shapes of pastina.Read More
Classic Beef Stew in a Crock Pot
I bought myself a new crock pot last week. I have two others, but they are too big for just the two of us. Mostly I'm cooking for two these days. And frankly, the two that I have are very old and just plum ugly. I don't know how old they are, it seems I've had them forever. But one is harvest gold and the other is avocado. So yeah, that's old.
Kohl's was having a sale, I had a coupon for 30% off, and pretty much they paid ME to walk this baby out the door. It's black and chrome, very sexy, and it holds 4 quarts. Just right. I'm a happy cook.
So I decided to honor the event with an inaugural dish, this classic beef stew.
Now, this isn't your "dump it all in the cooker and it's done" kind of recipe. There's a little work at the beginning that makes all the difference in taste. You'll end up with a rich, complex, symphony rather than cafeteria musack. hehe.Read More
Curried and Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk, served with homemade Naan bread.
Summer is all about salads at our house. But Autumn is the start of soup season. Winter squash is just coming into it's time to shine and I picked up a beautiful butternut squash at a local Farmer's Market. I spent the day roasting the squash and making home made naan bread to serve it with. I thought naan would be a perfect accompaniment for this curried soup. The whole house smelled wonderful, like Autumn had settled in and pulled up a chair by the fire and planned to stay a while.