just a little italian dinner with the cuzzies

All my life I have been a part of two households: my parents' and the other with my Italian aunt and cousins.  When my best cuzzie found out that I had a pasta maker, she jumped on the chance for an eggplant parmesan and pasta night.  Imagine homemade sauce cooking in the pot for the better part of a day, garlic bread, and ripe eggplant being crusted in panko. I was nervous at first about the pressure of making my...

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just a little simple dinner

I'm going to start off right away by saying, "No, I did not make these noodles using my lovely shiny pasta maker."  If I had, I most likely wouldn't have titled this as a simple dinner. I have always loved pasta, especially long lovely noodles that provoke one to slurp them up (despite my complete and utter disdain for those who actually do slurp them).  Perhaps it's the way they wrap around the end of the fork as a neat and...

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just a little lox bagel redone

Recently I spent breakfast at Influx Café in Little Italy, a modern stop for coffee, croissant and bagel sandwiches, and a bit more. Adorable succulents adorn the minimalist tables and chai is served in large white coffee mugs.  Sitting out on the small patio nibbling on a bit of carbohydrate was enough for me to envision that it wasn't a weekday and that I didn't have to go to work.  I ordered the Traditional (lox bagel) and the BCT.  Despite my love for salmon, the BCT is surely my favorite. ...

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just a little greek chicken pita

I'm picky when it comes to chicken. Chicken is an overall boring meat to me and must be paired with a carbohydrate in order to be eaten.  I rarely like fried chicken and rotisserie chicken is still not welcome on my plate.  However, it is healthy for the most part and I can find ways to enjoy it. I have always been a fan of Greek food, minus the shaved lamb (reminds me too much of skin).  Even the chicken...

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just a little martha

From what I can tell, Martha Stewart's recipe for pumpkin-swirl brownies has been around the block this past Thanksgiving.  I've seen several blogs and heard of several people in my small circle mention them or something similar.  I'm not going to lie, I was a little bummed because I wanted to invent it myself but I'm not going to pout because Martha's recipe was pretty darn good.  I only changed a little bit and one of the changes was pure...

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