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Homemade Lasagna


I used the new pasta I got from the factory for homemade lasagna. It turned out pretty delicious for my tiny kitchen. Hubs, being the intelligent man that he is, said it is the best Italian food he’s had in Italy thus far. He’s a keeper! Until tomorrow… Arrivederci!

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Chiocciole Pasta with Mushrooms

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Chiocciole Pasta

Chiocciole Pasta with Mushrooms (4 servings)

Ingredients: 40 gr Chiocciole pasta, 300 gr peeled tomatoes, 1/2 bullion cube, 1 clove garlic, parsley, grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil.

Process: Sauté cleaned and diced mushrooms, chopped garlic, and parsley for 10 minutes. (I also added a diced onion sautéed in olive oil.) Smash the tomatoes and add to the mushrooms with the bullion cube. Cook and drain the pasta and add to the sauce. Stir and serve with sprinkled Parmesan cheese.

Recipe is from the back of Pastifico delle Colle’s Chiocciole Pasta Bag.

I agree that it doesn’t look the most appetizing dish you’ve ever made, but it is quite tasty. The lady at the pasta shop told me that each pasta dish calls for a different type of pasta. This one calls for the chiocciole pasta, which means snail shaped. The pasta is made here in Italy, and you can sure taste the difference!

Off on a new adventure tomorrow. See y’all on Monday! Until then… Arrivederci!

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Camping for Ashlin


Even though my husband is what you would call “campy,” I most definitely am not. This is about just as much camping as I am up for. My domestic engineering tools consist of 2 pots, 1 pan, 1 tiny cutting board, 2 plates, 2 bowls, 2 cups, 2 forks, 2 spoons, and 1 dull knife. Now if any of you have been in the military, you know the cookware is nowhere close to being AllClad. However, we (I) have now successfully cooked three entire meals in our miniature kitchen and are doing great!


Last night I made Italian Sausage Sandwiches with roasted peppers and fresh provolone. It was super simple to create. Buy about 5 bell peppers. (One red pepper is said to have three times the amount of Vitamin C as a regular orange.) Slice the peppers and one onion and place into a pan.  Add olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, fresh parsley, sea salt, and pepper. Let everything cook down for about 2 hours and stir regularly to keep from burning. Then just cook your sausage and slice your fresh buns and cheese. Assemble and enjoy. (The Hubs sure did!) Until tomorrow… Arrivederci!

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