White Bean Salami Pasta Salad

September 2, 2014
White Bean Salami Pasta Salad | Magnolia Days

There it was in the pantry. A half bag of pasta was nestled between rice and beans. Sure dried pasta lasts a while however it seemed to be calling out to me. It was a bag I found at one of those clearance stores. The pretty pattern and shape caught my attention. Then I realized […]

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Pasta with Spinach and Green Pea Sauce

July 31, 2014
Pasta with Spinach and Green Pea Sauce | Magnolia Days

A schedule change opened up opportunities for different meals and recipes. My husband was put on an evening shift. That meant I would be alone for dinner. It’s okay because he has had various shifts over the years and I am very familiar with cooking for one. It also meant I could cook more pasta […]

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Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

April 15, 2014
Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce | Magnolia Days

It all started with the pasta. Unusual shaped pasta caught my attention during a recent shopping trip. Any unique shape or color does it for me. This time it was long fusilli. I’ve only seen short ones until that moment. The bag went into my shopping cart in a split second. Then it sat in […]

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Artichoke Spinach Pasta for #WeekdaySupper

March 6, 2014
Artichoke Spinach Pasta | Magnolia Days

Something is wrong with the clock. You can hear it ticking like normal when all is quiet. The hands move at their regular pace. Each tick marks a passing second. Then a lapse in time occurs and suddenly a few hours have disappeared. It seems to happen more often these days. Perhaps Father Time is […]

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Short Ribs with Pasta for #SundaySupper

December 15, 2013
Short Ribs with Pasta | Magnolia Days

The dining room is ready for the feast ahead. A Christmas tree in the corner glows and sparkles. The table is set with holiday finest. Reflections of flickering candlelight dance on the sides of glasses. Arriving family members are drawn to the kitchen with the heavenly aroma of slow-simmering meat. Soon they will gather around […]

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Pasta with Swiss Chard and Corn

November 14, 2013
Pasta with Swiss Chard and Corn | Magnolia Days

Autumn is a time for leafy greens. They flourish in cooler temperatures. Markets are filled with all shapes, sizes, and colors. Kale, collards, arugula, spinach, and cabbage range in color from light green to dark purple. Ornamental varieties make a stunning addition to a landscape. Any of the cooking varieties are packed full of nutrients. […]

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Bacon Spinach Pasta for #SundaySupper

September 22, 2013
Bacon Spinach Pasta | Magnolia Days

A gentle breeze blows as I am mowing the lawn. It’s a pleasant and sunny day with a bright blue sky. Leaves are dotted around the yard. Each pass with the mower cleans up what has fallen although only for a few moments. More leaves float down and dance in the wind. Specks of yellow […]

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Pastina With Egg

July 23, 2013
Pastina With Egg | Magnolia Days

A little seed was planted over a year ago. It wasn’t placed in the earth. It was a seed of inspiration that came from a conversation. A discussion of breakfast foods with my friend Terry brought to light something I never heard of before. Curiosity kept it cataloged in my mind and was filed along […]

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Thai Noodle Salad With Shrimp

July 16, 2013
Thai Noodle Salad With Shrimp | Magnolia Days

The bowl of green peppers was sitting pretty on the kitchen counter. The harvest from the jalapeño plant was a trophy of the success of my garden. Those peppers quietly called out to be used. Morning brought the surprise of a color change. One of them had transformed from green to red. The now colorful […]

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Roast Beef Pasta Salad for #WeekdaySupper

June 4, 2013
Roast Beef Pasta Salad | Magnolia Days

Orecchiette had been hanging out in my pantry for far too long. The ear-shaped pasta whispered “cook me” many times. Thoughts of it tossed with sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and rapini cascaded through my mind. The all too familiar preparation did not lead to excitement. It continued to sit in the corner. A recipe search lead […]

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