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{thirsty thursday} — pasta primavera w/ a local oktoberfest lager

18 Oct

if you’ve been a reader for a bit, you probably know by now that i do not often cook pasta.  i am getting better, but for the longest time it just seemed like i couldn’t make a decent pasta dish to save my life.

mostly, i just throw together stuff in my fridge and call it a “primavera” — and i’ve been on this kick where i just make my own sauce fresh every time i make a pasta dish or spaghetti squash dish.  i’m all about things in one pan… make it easy! Continue reading

{thirsty thursday} — smashed fingerling potatoes

11 Oct

i have been craving mashed potatoes ever since long before our first frost on october 5th – {what the heck?!} — and i finally made some at home.  you wouldn’t think mashed potoatoes would be a “seasonal” food, but apparently according to some, they are. i tend to think of them as a seasonal-transcendant food, but i also tend to think against the grain – whatever.

typically i use creamer potatoes for my mashed taters, and i use a special kind of butter that leaves every guest asking, “what did you put in those mashed potatoes?!?!?!!!”  i take a lot of pride in making some mean mashed potatoes.  it’s one of my few specialties.  not a super difficult dish by any means, but i do think that i was a potato farmer in a previous life, no doubt… so i pour a lot of my soul into my mashed potatoes.  and as we all know, my soul tastes like butter… 🙂

this time i opted to try something new.  i decided to make “smashed fingerling potatoes” instead.  a slightly different potato, but still a creamier texture.  and i used a different butter.  no matter, it still turned out amazing. Continue reading

{thirsty thursday} — simple pasta w/ a pre-prohibition style lager

4 Oct

sometimes, you just don’t want to have to spend a long time in the kitchen.

i do enjoy cooking, but i also sometimes just want to be super lazy and curl up by the fireplace and eat comfort food.  that’s all i’ve been wanting to do lately.  the weather is changing a lot here {calling for snow in the next few days – ALREADY!} and i have been kind of lazy extra lazy…  just wanting to eat mashed potatoes and soup and bread and wear hoodies all the time.  i love changing with the seasons, it gives me something to look forward to. 🙂

so, i made this super easy pasta.  i don’t think i need to actually tell you how to cook it.  but i tried this new kind of cutsie little pasta – ditalini rigati, which will go lovely in some fall crock-pot based soups i’ll be trying soon!

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