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Gnocchi with Asparagus & Bacon

When spring has sprung, I’m always looking for great asparagus dishes…and sense pasta is in season all year long, why not combine the two.  In this recipe video, I make a very fresh and light Gnocchi with Asparagus and Bacon dish.  These little pillows of pasta are soft and delicious, and worthy of frequent trips to the dinner table.  But often gnocchi recipes are supper heavy with thick rich s

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Fettucini Alfredo with Sundried Tomato

Fettucini alfredo is one of the simplest pasta dishes you can make at home.  And I think it’s one of the best.  It is one of my goto dishes when I want something rich and filling, in just a few minutes cooking time; but the same old alfredo can get old.  Fortunately, it’s also one of those recipes that’s super easy to modify.  You can add chicken or seafood, you can also add all kinds of vegeta

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Homemade Pasta with Pecorino & Black Pepper

One of the greatest things about making your own pasta, is that you can make pastas with different ingredients…flavored pastas!!  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a pecorino and black pepper pasta that is absolutely awesome.  In addition to the freshness and tender texture that homemade pasta pasta gives you, this version has some extra richness and spice from the black pepper and c

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Pesto Sauce With Cream

Making your own homemade pesto sauce is pretty darn easy.  And that means that making your own homemade pesto cream sauce, is pretty darn simple too.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make this awesome pasta sauce, which I love with gnocchi and short or stuffed pasta’s like penne and ravioli.  It’s a very rich, heavy sauce, so I generally like a small serving and this makes a

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Basil Pesto

In the world of simple pasta sauces, basil pesto has to be pretty close to the top.  There is essentially no cooking required, the ingredients are widely available, and once you learn the basic method, you can swap out different ingredients to “spice things up”.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a fairly traditional version.  The bright green of the basil, makes a great presentation, and the combination of ingredients tastes absolutely awesome.

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How to Blanch Asparagus

I blanch asparagus, just about anytime I’m cooking for a dinner party, and many times when it’s just my wife and I.  Blanching the asparagus, allows you to cook it most of the way well in advance, which is a huge time saver when I need it and n this cooking technique video, I show you how to do it..  You can get the asparagus 90% cooked in the afternoon, and then just finish it off right before

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How to Clean Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my favorite Spring vegetables.  I love the nice, clean, grassy taste, and it’s really versatile to cook with.  You can grill, steam, sauté it…asparagus also makes a great addition to pasta’s and salads. However, before you do any of that, you've got to get it cleaned and prepped.

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Greek Pizza

The possibilities for homemade pizzas are endless…that’s one of the reasons I love to make them.  In this recipe video, I make a Greek inspired pizza.  What makes this pizza Greek Inspired?  Well I’m taking some of the ingredients in a Greek salad, like red onion, feta, and spinach, and using them as my toppings.  The contrasts in flavor between the sweet onion, and the salted feta cheese are a

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How to Make Pappardelle Pasta

I can’t be certain, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought, or even seen pappardelle pasta in the grocery store.  It might be in your’s, but I have a tough time finding it.  Fortunately, I love homemade pastas, and I love to make pappardelle.  In this recipe video, I show you how to cut this pasta shape, which is a very broad, long noodle.  Pappardelle, is pretty common is restaurants, and goes gre

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How to Make Fettucini Pasta

I’ll admit that making your own pasta is a bit time consuming.  But, I’ll also contend that homemade pasta is one of the best things you can make at home.  While it does take some time, it’s not super hard, and there is a high level of satisfaction you’ll get from making your own.  And it’s sooo tasty.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a homemade fettucini pasta – one of

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