Tortellini with Prosciutto & Peas

Here’s another classic dish…Tortellini with Prosciutto & Peas…after doing a little bit of research I found that the tortellini noodle has an obscure history. The story goes that a beautiful woman stayed at an Inn in a small town in the Providence of Modena. The Innkeeper was so captivated by her beauty that during the night he peeked through the keyhole to her room and saw only her navel…inspiring him to create this noodle. Crazy story! Anyway, whoever created it – it’s a very tasty pasta, especially when paired with prosciutto, peas, cream & cheese… Continue reading

Hearty Vegetable Pasta Salad

Hearty Vegetable Pasta Salad
This week Linda and I will be sharing two great salads to help you get healthy for summer! I love a good pasta salad – especially when entertaining – because it’s simple, inexpensive and goes a long way. The great thing about this salad is there is only a little pasta and a lot of rough greens but when you add them to the hot pasta, they soften a little and soak up the vinaigrette.  You can add chicken and make it the main coarse. Any way you serve it – it’s a healthy addition to the menu! Continue reading

Perky ‘Paella’

Perky 'Paella'

Paella is a wonderful rice dish that originated in Valencia Spain. It is a flavorful combination of ingredients cooked in a ‘Paella pan’ which is a round shallow pan with side handles. There are actually many types of Paella including Valencian, vegetarian, seafood and mixed.  Today’s ‘Paella’ is a mixed, free-style version in which I used Spanish chorizo, boneless chicken thighs, large shrimp and a combination of jasmine rice and fine egg white noodles along with saffron and other spices. This is the perfect meal to cook as a couple…grab a bottle of your favorite wine…I recommend a Spanish Rioja…pour a glass and share the stove! Continue reading