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I had a guest over last night, and decided to delve into a new cookbook I'd just bought -- Giada de Laurentiis' Everyday Italian. A bit of poring through said cookbook later, we decided on an appetizer and a main dish -- prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks (p. 45) and penne pasta with the sun-dried tomato pesto sauce (p. 73). One quick stop by the market for the various ingredients (the total cost of which -- for two packages of fresh basil, the sun-dried tomatoes, the bread dough, the freshly-cut prosciutto, and the pasta -- came to just over $20), and we got to work.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks )

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce )

After boiling some penne pasta and prepping these two surprisingly easy dishes, we had a feast with what felt like hardly any effort at all! Although the pesto sauce seemed less like sauce and more like a spread to me, it was surprisingly delicious and served as a perfect counter to the pasta and the prosciutto wrapping the bread. Overall, a very easy and straightforward cooking session, which yielded plenty of leftovers and was well worth the effort. I would absolutely make it again.
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A few months back, I had stumbled into a trove of Chinese recipes online while searching for a recipe for, if I remember right, Hunan beef. The homepage for the site itself seemed to be under password protection, but because I'd come in via Google directly to a recipe page (and managed to figure out the form of the directories on the site for various types of recipes) I grabbed as many of them as caught my interest. I've been meaning to try some of them out ever since, but lacked either time or ingredients.

Today, I'm home sick with a cough and congestion, so I decided to try my hand at making...

Peddler's Hot and Spicy Noodles (Dandan Noodles) )

Overall, very simple and quick to make -- perfect for a late dinner or when you don't have much time to cook. With the listed amount of chili oil, though, it was very spicy-hot -- even for my heat-loving palate. Good, filling fare, but be cautious if your body doesn't agree with spicy food.
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Following my decision to make at least one new recipe every week, I looked over this week's recipe email from Good Morning America and settled on a variation of their healthy, relatively Low-Cal Chicken Linguine Alfredo. )

This turned out extremely tasty, though as the original recipe called for 3/4 cup of yogurt (and I could taste that in the sauce) I decided to tone it down to 1/2 cup. A quick, relatively easy meal for a few people, but I suspect the leftover sauce won't refrigerate tremendously well.
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Back in the latter part of last year, I found myself craving macaroni and cheese -- or at least, something kind of like macaroni and cheese. I tinkered around some with various recipes I'd found out on the web, took what I wanted from them, and ended up producing Four-Cheese Cheddarwurst Noodles. )

Now, last night I didn't quite have all the ingredients I needed, but I did have most of them. (My fridge gather strange and arcane ingredients, and often seems to lack in the basics. *grin* ) I ended up adding half a pound of diced-up breakfast sausage to the onion to saute, substituted 6 ounces of cream cheese for the cottage cheese, used jalapeno cheddar cheese instead of pepperjack, and so forth. Overall, though it ended up quite tasty all the same. Not quite the same flavor, but definitely worth trying out for variation.


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