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Gnudi with ramps and tomatoes

What is gnudi? As far as I can tell, gnudi is basically ricotta gnocchi. The word gnudi basically means "naked." So in this case, it refers to the typical filling for ravioli or tortellini without the pasta. So, in essence, it's naked ravioli filling. Perhaps, gnudi has less flour than a typical ricotta gnocchi recipe? I think it's the same thing. However, I think it's much more fun to say the word "gnudi" than it is to say "ricotta gnocchi." So, I'm going with "gnudi." 

Gnudi with ramps and tomatoes

Roasted cauliflower, chicken cutlets, cucumber-tomato salad

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If you saw this plate of food, you would say that it's a chicken dish with a couple of sides. Technically, you'd be correct. However, I wanted to focus more on one of the sides. I wanted to talk about cauliflower. Specifically, roasted cauliflower. I like cauliflower well enough. It wouldn't crack my top ten vegetable list. But when you roast it and let it caramelize, and concentrate the flavor by letting it wilt down, it becomes one of the tastiest foods, vegetable or otherwise. So, it's by design that the cauliflower is front-and-center in my photo.

Roasted cauliflower, chicken cutlets, cucumber-tomato salad

Pasta with sausage, zucchini and tomatoes

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This is a pasta dish I used to make all the time. A fixture in the weekly rotation. It sort of lost its spot in the rotation when the kids showed up, however. Those picky kiddo-types just don't like to eat stuff that's all mixed together with bits of this & that, green stuff, red stuff...you get the picture. I still made it on occasion but the kids would usually just eat the pasta and maybe some sausage. But they're a bit older and have been a bit more adventurous lately so I gave it another shot. Also, I went with whole grain pasta, so if they just ate mostly pasta, that would be alright.

Pasta with sausage, zucchini and tomatoes

Pasta all'Amatriciana

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Pasta dishes are so well-suited for weeknight cooking. There are so many delicious versions of a "sauce" you can make that take the same amount of time (or less) that it takes for the water to boil and the pasta to cook. Pasta all'Amatriciana is one of my favorite pasta dishes and it's based on a classic. The richness of the pork combined with the intensity of the tomato brings huge flavor that doesn't require a long time to develop. 

Pasta all'Amatriciana