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There are times when our lives take a tumble. Time when we want what we cannot have. Times when we feel failure. Times when we lose someone important in our lives. Times when we feel sorrow for someone else’s loss. This was the case this week when we found out that Deb, one of our administrators in I Heart Cooking Clubs, had lost her Mom. So we are virtually sending her hugs with comfort food. Food that wraps you up and makes you warm inside. Food that brings back memories, feelings, joy. Deb – this is for you. It’s all we can do from afar.

If you look on page 30 of Donna Hay‘s Off The Shelf: Cooking from the Pantry you will see the recipe for baked carbonara. She lists it as ‘short order’. Presumably because it is quick. And it is. By the time the sauce is put together the pasta is al dente and ready to be mixed with some nice crispy bacon. What you end up with after baking the mixture for 30 minutes is….

…which you use as a main or a side. Either way, it is GOOD. The cream, milk, egg, and Parm cheese all comes together resulting in a creamy pasta.

I would not change anything except instead of just pouring the cream/milk/egg mixture over the pasta I would mix it all up in larger bowl with the the bacon and then put it into the baking dish. Good Stuff Y’all.

    14 oz ziti or pasta of your choice
    4 slies bacon
    4 eggs
    2 cps heavy cream
    1 1/2 cups milk
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese.

Cook pasta til al dente and drain.
Cook bacon until crsip
Whisk the eggs together with the cream, milk and Parmesan Cheese.
Place pasta in an ovenproof dish large enough to hold all the ingredients.
Top with the bacon and egg mixture.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until set.

What else is on the Potluck this week? I Heart Cooking Clubs is cooking for Deb this week.

For supper last night I made pizza. I have been craving pizza FOREVER. This might NOT what I had in mind when I pictured pizza but it hit the spot just fine.

Peggy chose an out of the box form of America’s favorite savory pie – one with asparagus and mozzarella. YES!! Two of my favorite things.

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The cheese was bubbly and delicious. The flavor of the crust was nice. The asparagus was lovely but I think it hid too much behind the cheeses, Mozz and Parm. Definitely one I would make again, tho.

Instead of a frozen crust as Ellie listed I used a recipe from Mark Bittman for his Whole Wheat Crust.

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You can find the recipe on page 215 of Weeknight Wonders.

And check with the other “Eaters” to see how they liked Peggy’s choice this week.

I will be the first to admit Donna Hay comes up with some interesting flavor combinations. Pasta and lemons? Ehhhhh…. But, folks, wrap that spaghetti around your fork ’cause this is GOOD stuff!!

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You bite into the pasta and a hint of lemon enters your senses. Then you bite into a caper and it bites back with a little salt, a little tart. The rocket adds a little bitter and the Parmesan adds a little sour. {And if I had used the chilies it would have added a little heat.}

I was not expecting to like this AT. ALL. I was so wrong.

Slip on over the Wednesdays with Donna Hay and see how the others liked this pasta – Sarah’s choice this week. The recipe is on page 130 of Donna’s modern classics: Book 1 and I found it on Michelle’s blog, too if you want to try it.

Any time you would like to join us just leave a comment on the WWDH site. Love to have you.

Limencello! I have seen that name several times as ingredients for recipes. I know it is an Italian lemon liqueur but really hadn’t thought about it much. When I saw it was used in this week’s Baking Chez Moi cupcakes I knew I would have to find some. And I did, but it was WAY more than I would ever need. After considering the alternative – NOT making the cupcakes – I decided I would see if I could make some. Fortunately there are LOTS of recipes out there. I made just enough to make these cuppys and have a little left over.

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I have to admint it would not be something I would actually DRINK as many in Italy and France do, but it does make a nice little cupcake and frosting.

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I was really afraid we wouldn’t like the cupcakes since we didn’t like the liqueur at all but it just adds a little kick to the whole treat.

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And then the orange marmalade adds to the sweet side.

The recipe is on page 194 of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi. I am sure the other cupcakes made this week by the Doristas are quite lovely and very tasty so click on over to view all of them on the Tuesdays with Dorie Website.

The limoncello recipe I used – The Kitchen

I have heard of pasta ‘fazool’ but I never really knew what it was. Thanks to Ellie and her newest book Weekend Wonders I now know the answer.

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Pasta ‘fazool’ is a twist on the Italian word FAGIOLI which simply means BEANS. Pasta with beans. Who knew? Well, probably everybody but ME!!

Ellie’s version uses Whole Wheat elbows {I used Whole Grain} and adds in zucchini. While many recipes use some kind of meat – sausage, pancetta -this one is totally meatless and totally delicious.

Now, I have to admit I. Don’t. Like. Beans! but in this dish they were ‘disguised’ with the Parmesan Cheese and zucchini. “WHEW!”

The only change I made – While Ellie lists a can of no-salt added diced tomatoes I have jars of tomatoes from the garden –

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with no salt added – I didn’t think Ellie would mind.

While this is supposed to be a soup, I served it as a side with less liquid. It IS a great soup, though. And I think I mite make it this winter (9 months from now) and add some of that sausage. But meanwhile – it’s a side dish here.

The recipe is on page 70 of Ellie’s Weeknight Wonders and check with the other Eaters on the Eating with Ellie webpage for their ‘fazool’.

AND if you want to join with us we are cooking just from Ellie’s newest book – Weeknight Wonders. Leave us a comment HERE!!

My choice this week and I wanted something super simple.

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And this one definitely fits the bill

Ricotta cheese mixed with fresh basil, black olives, and parsley and then added to cooked rigatoni. The only change I made was to add some pasta water to the mxx so it wouldn’t be too dry. I have found that ricotta tends to dry out quickly.

Super Simple. Super Good.

You can check with the other “Hayers” on the Wednesday with Donna Hay Website.

The recipe is on page 148 of Donna’s modern classics Book 1

Want to join us? WE cook from several of Donna’s books. Just leave a comment HERE!!

There is just something about Mark BIttman’s recipes/dishes that keeps calling me back. I know you know the feeling. You find a chef/cook/baker you really like and then you just want to keep making their goodies. I am that way with Madjur Jaffrey, Donna Hay, and Mark Bittman, among others..

So when it came time to do another potluck for I heart Cooking Clubs I went with Bittman – again.

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    8 ripe pears peeled, cored, and roughly chopped into smallish pieces
    1/4 – 1/3 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    8 – 10 sheets whole-wheat phyllo dough, thawed
    4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    Powdered sugar for dusting

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the pears, sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Set the phyllo on your work surface and cover with a piece of plastic and a damp towel to keep it from drying out. Remove one sheet and put it in front of you, brush it with some butter and fold in 1/2 length wise.

Put about 1/8 of the pear mixture at one end of the phyllo strip and begin folding the filled section of the phyllo to form triangles back and forth along the length of the strip, like folding a flag. Keep folding the triangle back and forth until you reach the end of the sheet.
Transfer the turnover to the prepared baking sheet, seam side down, and brush it with a little more butter. Repeat with the remaining phyllo sheets and apple mixture. You should have 8 turnovers.

Bake the turnovers until deeply golden and crisp (it’s okay if they ooze a little juice), 25 to 35 minutes.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar or


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    cinnamon sugar.

These were quick, crispy, flaky, tasty and the perfect light dessert. They are on page 565 of Bittman’s The Food Matters Cook book

For the other Pot Luck picks visit us over at IHCC

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