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Pasta Noodle and Rice Dishes

Tortiglioni alla Vodka with Sausage

Pasta in Vodka Sauce (Pasta alla Vodka) is an Italian-American dish whose primary ingredients are tomato sauce, vodka and cream. I was initially reluctant to try this dish when I found it on menus, vodka? Really? While wine is most often used in making Italian sauces, the vodka in this dish actually adds a little …

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Malaysian Curry Beef Noodle Soup – Laksa

We became huge fans of Laksa (Malaysian curry noodle soup) when traveling through Malaysia and Singapore. This creamy noodle soup is full of spicy exotic flavors, such as lemongrass and creamy coconut milk, that we have come to crave when in through Southeast Asia. We quickly discovered that we weren’t alone in our adoration for …

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Fideua Marisco Catalana – Seafood Pasta Paella

Fideua de Marisco is a popular seafood dish in Spain. It’s similar to paella, but with some important differences. Fideua is a pasta lover’s answer to Paella (or Arroz a Banda). The thin pasta noodles soak up the broth in the same way that rice does, but has a different texture and is therefore a …

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Peri-Peri Pasta with Chicken

While traveling through South Africa I become totally enthralled with Peri-Peri or (Piri-Piri) Sauce. The spicy condiment, made with birds-eye chili peppers, is a favorite hot sauce in Africa. The peppers are grown in Africa but were embraced by the Portuguese who are credited for inventing the sauce. There are many versions of Peri-Peri sauce, …

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Perfect Italian Meatballs

 Italian Meatballs – there’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. …

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Tagliatelle with Ragù alla Bolognese – Classic Italian Meat Sauce

The Emilia Romagna region of Italy is known for food. It’s home to Parma where the famous ham originates and Modena, which is famous for its balsamic vinegar. And of course, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is made in this area. Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna, is also famous for bolognese sauce or ragù alla bolognese. Traditional bolognese …

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Pasta with Chicken, Tomato, Mushroom and White Truffles

While traveling through the Umbria region of Italy, I came across more and more dishes using one of the prized ingredients of this area – white truffles. People seem to have either a strong dislike or an intense love for this pungent ingredient. I fall into the strongly enamored group. Which is one reason I was …

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