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Chutz
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   Posted 5/14/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
We always love to talk about food so let's talk pasta. Mmmmm, carbs are always good...lol I have absolutely no Italian blood in me but you wouldn't think so by how this family likes it's pasta. What’s your favorite type of pasta or pasta dish, either homemade or not.

I make a lasagna to die for! That would have to be my all time favorite. I remember my kids always made it to the dinner table on time when I made it. For me good food at home always brings back good memories too. My favorite about my lasagna is my oldest son. When he moved out on his own he would often cook, and he was good at it too. But whenever he made lasagna he would always have to call me and refresh his memory on some part of the recipe he just couldn't remember...lol He had a wonderful memory, he just wanted to talk to his mom and make sure I knew he was making Mom's lasagna. After he passed away in 2000 I decided that on Christmas, instead of making a turkey or ham I would make lasagna for our supper. No complaints from anyone. wink

Do you like pasta??
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anice
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   Posted 5/14/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutzie, I love pasta. I could almost eat it everyday. And I would too if I felt like making it. I love chicken spaghetti(the creamy,cheesy kind made with Ro-tel). I guess my favorite pasta would have to be fettucini alfedo w/ broccoli(crispy not overcooked broccoli). I am big on lasagna too. My families favorite is spaghetti w/ meatballs. I am getting hungry just thinking about all this. It's making me want some pasta bad. I may have to get myself in the kitchen this weekend and do some cooking. I know my family is ready for some mom cooking.lol
 
 I think it is a sweet, touching traditiion for you to make your lasagna for the holidays instead of turkey or ham in honor of your sons' passing. I am so sorry to  hear about that... I am sure although the holidays are tough for you, the lasagna always makes you smile when you remember how much you son loved your lasagna. And sometimes it's the little things in life (like food) that help comfort us. And pasta is a great comfort food!!
 
Anice
 

 
 

Post Edited (anice) : 5/14/2009 11:11:02 PM (GMT-6)


golitho
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   Posted 5/14/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter loves pasta, she would happily live on it and quite often eats straight cooked pasta with grated cheese on top. I also love lasagne especially in winter and try to cook extra to freeze for a night when I'm working but its nearly always gone, demolished by my hoarde of pasta lovers!!!

fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/14/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   

I make my wife a dish that has linguini, sautéed shrimp, mushrooms, broccoli, green onions, and capers all mixed together with fresh grated mozzarella. But a dish I make that is not quite pasta in made with potato noodles, a Pennsylvania Dutch dish of chicken Potpie. So different from the potpie in the frozen food section. I spent time learning how to make it as my father grew up in PA and before he died, I made it for him. I still make it for our family once in awhile and it is always a big hit. Isn't it funny how one gets hungry while typing?

 

White Beard
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   Posted 5/14/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I like spaghetti and meat balls but I am a meat lover, so I like taking Johnsonville mild Italian saugages and cook them on the grill outside then I bring them in and slice them about 1/2 inch thick slices so I have a pile of little 1/2 thick circles I put them in the pan with the Meat balls (sometimes I make them, but often I will get the premade ones that are already cooked and frozen and all they have to be is heated up, I usually microwave them and pour out the excess grease) and I then fry up a bunch of sliced mushrooms (either canned or fresh, fresh is better) and I also add a sliced and diced onion, and I fry the mushrooms and onions in butter, ( got to be butter!) and when they start to brown and the onions become translucent, I add them, (Mushrooms, Onions and all the melted butter) to the Italian saugage and the meat balls, then I add the sauce, allot of times I will just get the premade stuff in the jar I like it with losts of garlic and pour it into the pan with all the meat and mushrooms and onions. Heat it slowly and then start the pasta, I like the very thin spaghetti, Angel Hair, anyway when it is ready the sauce is mostly meatballs and Italian saugage and butter fried mushroom onions, spread over the angel hair spaghetti, mmmmmmmmmm Good!! Now that is comfort food! turn
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Post Edited (White Beard) : 5/15/2009 12:28:38 AM (GMT-6)


PAlady
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   Posted 5/14/2009 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutzie -
No fair starting a food thread - especially a pasta thread - at this hour!!!

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I was raised all Italian and make my mother's spaghetti and meatballs recipe every year or so, but it's a ton of work (everything must be fresh and especially fresh pecorino romano cheese!!). Usually have three large pots going on the stove when I do it. One secret is to put a large pork bone, or pork spareribs, in the sauce to cook along with the meatballs. The recipe is so long I've yet to write it out for my family. And it's been slightly altered over the years, although not much!

Yum. tongue

PaLady

anice
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   Posted 5/15/2009 1:11 AM (GMT -7)   
PALady, I agree with you. It is too early in the morning to be this hungry!  It is 3:02 and I don't ever  remember a time in my entire life being hungry at this hour.lol  But then again, I am usually not up at this hour. Chutzie, this really isn't fair.ha ha
 
I don't think I have heard of putting spareribs or porkbone in the sauce. That sounds really good. Between reading all these food posts my mouth is watering and my stomach is growling like never before.  FatherJohn yours sounded sooo good. I love mushrooms. That sounds like my kinda meal!  I would love to have that recipe. PALady, Chutzie, FatherJohn and WhiteBeard, it sounds to me like you all could get together and get a cookbook going and it would be on the best sellers list!!  I for one would buy it in a heartbeat.  Too bad we all couldn't get a recipe thing going. But then that would be against the rules and belong in a entirely different forum altogether. But it is a good thought anyway.
 
I guess I am going to have to breakdown and do some cooking this weekend. I have got to have some pasta yeah
Anice

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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok now heres a subject I live for COOKING.  I make many pasta dishes in another life I must of been italian.....
Spagetti of course.  Thats the only real meal my husband loves to cook.
Cabanra (sp?) lingini (sp?) with chicken and bacon (spelling these italian words suck)
Shrimp & Veggie spagetti with olive oil base
and a Tae Noodle with Beef and Chicken its alittle spicy
 
The list would go on but I know if I died tomorrow my family would go hungry.  My husband keeps telling me to write all these recipes on index cards.  I don't know if I can.  Everything is done with love not measurements.
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 5/15/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't even get me started! Like PA, I was raised in a large Itallian Family. Grandparrents across the street and all the relitives over on Sundays and Hollidays. Oh how I miss that! The food was unbelievable but of course we didn't appreciate it when we were young because we thought everyone ate like that!
I still do all the cooking in my family even though they are all gone now. I used to make a huge pot of GRAVY w/ meatballs sausage and what ever other meats I had on Sat. and all the neiborhood kids would smell it out in the street. They would come by and get sandwiches. PA is right about the pork bone! Gravy or sause what the Americans call it is the best w/ pork!!!
I make a pasta dish which is my wifes favorite which consists of all diferent veggies (mostly squashes> yellow & green, peppers> a couple colors, fresh tommatos, eggplant sauteed in white wine and olive oil w/ basil and leomon juice. When it's almost finished, still chunchy I throw in either shrimp, scallopes or lobster or all if it's an important event! I also use sundried tommatos and artchoke hearts and lots of Pecorino Romano cheeze grated off a big wedge which is ALWAYS in my fridge! Anyway, I'm getting hungry now and I haven't had my bland oatmeal for breakfast yet!
Later all and Monga!!!
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   Posted 5/15/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   

My stomach is growling....yummy topic.  Who doesn't love Pasta?  My favorite is a recipe made with the wide Egg Noodles, cabbage/onions and cottage cheese!  You fry the Cabbage and Onion till they are nice and brown, add them to the noodles....then add small curd cottage cheese, it makes it creamy and sooooo yummy!  The onions and cabbage are sweet! May not sound like it but it is delicious! 

Okay so now I'm making Pasta for dinner....

XXOO
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   Posted 5/15/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I laughed when I read "GRAVY"! Now that's an inside joke, but does depend on what part of Italy your relatives came from and actually mine came from the island below the boot! smilewinkgrin

I'm lucky, though. My cousin owns a small pizza shop in town and they cook the family recipe for sauce and make homemade pizza dough. A lot of time I cheat and go buy a spaghetti & meatballs dinner from him and it's pretty close to what i grew up with! I have the romano at home!!!

My mother put the pork bone in for flavoring (sort of like you do with soup) and when I haven't used it I really notice a difference. Kind of gives the sauce a little sweetness, although a pinch of sugar is also part of the deal in my famiy. And my mother always said add cheese. You can never add too much cheese was her motto. You add it to the sauce while it's cooking, as well as put it on top.

Guess I know what I'll likely have for dinner tonight.! tongue

Can you iimagine the feast we could all make???? smhair

PaLady

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   Posted 5/15/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   

PALady

Can I come to dinner at your house, that idea of putting a Pork bone in the sauce sounds GREAT, that would give a real meaty flavor! 

PALady  What is that stuff called that is long round pasta that is stuffed with meat and cheese and has sauce over it? I have had it at Olive Garden before and I just love the the stuff , is it called Cantinally??? or something? I can't remember, but I like it allot!

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LLPLUV
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   Posted 5/15/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Manacotti I believe I make that also..lol PAlady sorry I highjacked your answer..lol
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anice
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   Posted 5/15/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a great topic. But I sure wish we all lived in a little community together and we all felt like cooking all this yummy pasta dishes. Then we could all get together and have a big taste testing party. What a great idea!! It is ashame that I have thought about pasta all day!!!Thanks again,Chutzie!lol
Anice

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   Posted 5/15/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,
A taste testing party! Woo Hoo! shocked turn

There was a restaurant in my area that closed a few years back but it had a pasta bar with all kind of pastas and sauces, but like I bet Pete knows some of us don't eat Italian food in restaurants unless it's really good!! yeah

White Beard - sounds like you might be referring to cannelloni, pretty similar to manicotti. Just the size of the shell.
LL - no hijacking possible here! This group never has a problem with a food thread!!!! smhair turn

PaLady

(If I gain weight this week it's Chutzie's fault!!)
p.s. White Beard you sure can come to dinner next time I get out all those pots! Afterall, we're all coming to your place for steaks on Christmas Eve!! shocked

Post Edited (PAlady) : 5/15/2009 4:24:53 PM (GMT-6)


Tony McGuire
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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
  • 4 large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
    2 packets 1McCormick's Hollandaise Sauce
    2 cups milk (instead of water for Hollandaise)
    1 stick Butter (no wimping out: Butter!)
    2 medium florets Broccoli
    about 3 cups of 2American Beauty Rainbow Twirls


Cube chicken, fry (to brown, somwhat crisped) on medium heat using 3/4 of the butter.
Cut flowers off broccoli (very small)

Heat the milk in a quart sauce pan on medium. Add remaining butter and McCormick's Hollandaise Sauce.
While the milk/Sauce is heating, steam the Broccoli to alDente; hot but crisp not limp.

When the butter and sauce are blended together with the milk and the broccoli is steamed, add them both into the frying pan with the chicken.

Stir to blend but don't really cook. Serve immediately.

You can, of course, add your own favorite spices. I've kept it simple so I can taste the flavors of the Hollandaise, the chicken and the broccoli. Not to mention the BUTTER!


1 Try to find these named brands; superior quality. But use what is available in your area.
2 Vegetable base pasta. Very good, and makes the dish healthful (along with the Broccoli).


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Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 5/15/2009 6:14:52 PM (GMT-6)


Lindaloo
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   Posted 5/15/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My favorite pasta dish is fettuccini alfredo with chicken ( eaten at olive garden) or my homemade lazagna. But since I am not up to making big dishes that take all day, I haven't made that in quite a while. But it is so rich and wonderful with ground beef and italian sausage in the sauce made from scratch. My family loves it. I guess I should make it soon again. I will try.

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