Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

The story of this Beef Ragu with Pappardelle started when Dana went up to a party in Brooklyn a couple of months ago.  The party was just around the corner from a pasta shop. Looking through the shop she spotted some of the best looking pappardelle around.  She had to buy it. Once she got home I was excited to try it out.  I wanted to make something to utilize the pasta to its fullest potential.  So I decided to make the ultimate comfort food, a Ragu!  To make it easy on me, I braised the beef in a slow cooker.  Set it and forget it.  It does not get any easier than that.

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Three Cheese Manicotti

Homemade Manicotti

My wife Dana is from New York City! When we visit NYC, we like to purchase food items to bring back Virginia.  One of those food items is fresh pasta.  Our favorite is Manicotti.  You just can’t beat the flavor of the pasta, from the pasta stores in New York.  Since we haven’t been to NY in a while, our stash has run dry.  So I wanted to surprise Dana with some handmade Manicotti.  I must say the three cheese Manicotti was freaking fantastic.  Even Dana said it was the best that she had eaten.  That says a lot.

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Fresh Pasta

Fresh Pasta

Dana and I were organizing our cabinets the other day and we found our pasta attachment for our kitchen aid mixer. Looking at it, we knew what our next recipe was going to be.  We are making fresh pasta.  This recipe is an all-purpose flour based pasta.  I would have loved to make a semolina flour based pasta, but I was unable to find semolina flour at any of my local stores.  I have some on order.  I will make a semolina pasta soon!

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Super Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Super Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Nothing goes with barbecue like a good ole Macaroni and Cheese.  I have been trying forever to come up with a super creamy macaroni and cheese that I could serve with my barbecue.  I think that I have finally found the perfect recipe.  This recipe is simple, delicious and extremely creamy.  It is basically the best macaroni and cheese that I have ever had.

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Goulash – The remainder meal!

Goulash

Sometimes we have a remainder meal. What is that you ask? Well it is a meal using the remaining ingredients of all of the other cooks. Throw the ingredients in a pot and serve. Goulash is my perfect remainder meal. For this meal we had a bunch of remainders lying around. We had 1/4 box … Read moreGoulash – The remainder meal!

Noodles and Co. Wisconsin Mac and Cheese – Hacked

I love Noodles and Company. Every chance I get, I go there to eat. However, since I have moved, the closest one is 20 minutes away. My favorite dish is their Wisconsin Mac and Cheese. It is a fun dish where there is a cheesy sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Then, it is topped with macaroni noodles. To finish it off, it is topped with cheese. At your table you mix it all together to make a great mac and cheese. After a few iterations I have found a suitable substitute.

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Asparagus Fettuccine Alfredo

Asparagus Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is one of those dishes that sounds complicated and time consuming.  There is nothing farther from the truth.  Basic Fettuccine Alfredo has 7 ingredients and takes roughly the time to boil the Fettuccine to make.  I spiced this recipe up by adding one ingredient to the basic recipe.  Daring isn’t it.  However, Asparagus … Read moreAsparagus Fettuccine Alfredo

Dumpling Noodles

Dumpling Noodles

Every once in a while I will go out to eat and there will be an amazing soup with delicious dumpling-like noodles in it.  I have always wondered how or where they get their noodles.  Then I started to mess around with dumpling recipes to see if I could turn them into noodles.  I was … Read moreDumpling Noodles

One Pot Mac and Cheese – Super Creamy

Super Creamy Mac and Cheese

I love the blue box stuff, but sometimes you just want to make it from scratch.  Well I have tried over and over again, and it always seems to fail.  My mac and cheese is never as creamy.  So I looked for a little wisdom from Alton Brown and figured I would give it a … Read moreOne Pot Mac and Cheese – Super Creamy

Grilled Chicken over Cellantani Pesto

Grilled Chicken over Cellantani Pesto

My CSA comes with unlimited basil each week.  Therefore, I have been making a ton of pesto.  I love the fresh taste of pesto.  After a few tries, I found that the best pasta for pesto is Cellantani.  It is a spiral macaroni pasta with rigati grooves in the outside.  The spiral along with the … Read moreGrilled Chicken over Cellantani Pesto

Chicken-N-Noodles over Mashed Potatoes

Chicken-N-Noodles over Mashed Potatoes

Starch Starch Starch, I love Starch.  This is the greatest meal I have ever had.  It is based on one that I had a Bob Evans Restaurant.  It is basically a Biscuit, topped with mashed potatoes, topped with chicken noodle soup.  Amazing!!  This was one meal that I was extremely happy that I had leftovers of.

Chicken-N-Noodles over Mashed Potatoes

I can not emphasize how much I enjoyed this meal.  Noodles, potatoes and a biscuit, so many carbs, so frickin awesome.

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Homemade Dumpling Noodles

Dumpling Noodles

The weather here in DC has been like a rollercoaster.  Everywhere from the mid 90’s to the low 40’s all in the span of a week.  Needless to say, everybody is suffering from a little cold.  So, I decided to make homemade chicken noodle soup (Recipe Here), however I wanted to make noodles from scratch.  I am a huge fan of the thick doughy noodles that are almost like dumpling noodles.  I was on a quest to recreate these tasty little morsels.

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