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Gro Something Greater: Perfecting Pesto at Home

Pesto www.bellalimento.comDisclaimer: I am working with Miracle-Gro for this project and was provided with a sample and compensation. All opinions are my own.

Growing food has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. It started with my Grandparents. They had a small but mighty backyard garden. I adored getting to help “pick” the food when we came to visit in the summer time. I would head outside, usually with a metal colander in hand, and pick as much as my little self could hold. I imagined it was hundreds of pounds but it was probably more like one or two. We won’t split hairs though. I can assure you I picked hundreds of pounds from my parents gardens over the years. They’ve had gardens in all shapes and sizes and grown more fruits and vegetables than I can shake a stick at. They’re great at growing.

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Roasted Carrot Ravioli with Mascarpone Thyme Filling

Roasted Carrot Ravioli

I told myself at the beginning of this year that I was going to cook more of the things that I love to cook. Homemade pasta is one of those things. There has been, and I’m sure will be always be, something so magical to me about mixing: flour, eggs and salt and watching them transform right before my eyes. Homemade pasta is good, down home, from scratch cooking that’s absolutely achievable but yes it does take some practice. This my friends is my most favorite homemade pasta to date. I’m not even going to lie I ate more than I should have. I couldn’t help myself they were THAT good. I now have on my stretchy pants and you’ll find me on the treadmill for the rest of the week. Was it worth it? Yep.

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Creamy Carrot and Parm Pasta

Creamy Carrot and Parm Pasta

Did you know it’s possible to have a creamy pasta without actually adding any cream? I know the thought of a cream less cream sauce doesn’t seem possible but it really is. This very veggie sauce is going to blow your taste buds right out of the water. At first glance you might think this pasta looks like a version of a tasty macaroni and cheese. You’d be wrong. IF however, you’d like to let your kids think it’s macaroni and cheese instead of telling them it’s actually creamy CARROT and parm sauce go right ahead. I may or may not have led my kids to believe it was as well. Shhh.

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Ricottta Cheesecake

Italian Cheesecake

Go ahead and get a pencil and paper ready to jot down this ingredient list because you are going to want to make this. I’ve made no less than a dozen of these cheesecakes since December. It probably has a lot to do with why I’m on the treadmill everyday but we’re not going to talk about that. Next to Tiramisu, cheesecake reigns supreme on my dessert list. I just can’t turn a slice down and I’ve tried. While I like all kinds of cheesecake, ricotta cheesecake wins the gold every single time in the cheesecake Olympics. Yes I’m having Olympic withdrawals and I also now believe I can snowboard. If you knew how insanely clumsy I am you’d laugh at the thought.

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Grilled Asparagus with Toasted Pecans and Shaved Parmesan

Grilled Asparagus with Pecans and Parmesan

Asparagus is one of my most favorite vegetables. Not the mushy ones that come in a can mind you, we’re talking fresh asparagus here. I love it every which way and up.  Roasted, shaved, sauteed, pureed and absolutely grilled. It’s a quick, easy and effortless side dish that goes with just about anything you’d like to serve.  Honestly I’m totally okay with eating it as a meal I love it that much but that’s just me. I’m cooky like that.

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Go Coo Coo for Osso Buco

Osso Bucco

 If you want comfort food it doesn’t get much better than Osso Buco. In fact, I’m kinda Coo Coo for Osso Buco. If you’ve never heard of Osso Buco, it is a Milanese specialty of braised veal shanks. It translates to Bone (osso) with a Hole (buco) so clearly we’re going to continue to call it Osso Buco because everything sounds better in Italian.  Once you’ve had this low and slow stunner you’re going to want more, and if for some reason you’re so full you can’t finish your portion I’m happy to finish yours. I’m a giver, what can I say.
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