Simple Squid Ink Pasta

My friends were so nervous to try squid ink pasta! It sounds terrifying but trust me, squid ink really just gives pasta a brilliant black hue. It does not taste fishy at all, I promise! I love making squid ink pasta because it’s so dramatic looking but it’s especially satisfying in October when you want…

Greek Orzo Salad

I hope y’all aren’t sick of reading about chilled pasta salads because I’m certainly not sick of eating them! They’re just so convenient for outdoor dining, which as you know is my favorite way to eat. I whipped this dish up to take on a lovely vineyard picnic with my friend Sarah when she was…

Fideos with Chorizo and Mussels

This was my first attempt at making the Spanish pasta Fideos at home and I can honestly tell you this is one of the best dishes I’ve ever made. Creamy, smoky, with a touch of heat from the chorizo, this is a winner. And it’s so simple to make! The garlic paprika aioli really sends it…

Italian Pasta Salad

Why have I not been making pasta salad every week? This was so fast and easy. I already had plain cooked pasta in the fridge. It took me five minutes to toss this together for my picnic at San Martino Winery & Vineyards with my friend Jen, who is always up for a picnic. Located…

Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Orzo Salad

Do you ever crave something you’ve never eaten? I do all the time! I rarely experiment when I have guests coming over but I really wanted to try grilled bell peppers and asparagus in an orzo shrimp salad for The Rose Table en Blanc and it was hands-down one of the best dishes I’ve ever whipped up….

Heirloom Bolognese Sauce

Today is a very exciting day. The Rose Table is one year old! I can hardly believe that it’s been a whole year already, but I thought we should celebrate! I’ve decided to share an heirloom family recipe with you for bolognese sauce. My grandmother started making this spaghetti sauce in the 1940s. I never…

Italian for an Italian

One of my best friends from college was in town this weekend and I was so excited to cook for her. I spent many Sunday afternoons in her Italian family’s kitchen learning the tricks of authentic Italian cooking.(Shoutout to Mama Caruso for teaching me how to cook beet greens. I never waste the greens now!) Here…

Three Course Bacon Dinner

This meal marked the end of an era. My good friend Megan is moving away this weekend. I spent the better part of two years cooking dinner for her weekly, experimenting with all sorts of dishes. She is one of the most delightful people to cook for because she’s game to try anything. (Plus, she insists…

Easy Swiss Chard Pasta

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve never cooked Swiss chard before making this pasta. And it turned out perfectly! That’s how simple this method is. I don’t even particularly LIKE Swiss chard but I decided to grow some after being inspired by The Beekman Boys last spring. It just looked so pretty in…

Grilled Swordfish Pasta

Today I visited Jimmy’s Food Store, a speciality Italian grocery in Dallas, for the first time. I got the most delightful Mafalde pasta imported from Italy and had to think up a dish worthy of such fine pasta. Enjoy this little taste of Italy! Grilled Swordfish Pasta Two swordfish steaks 1/2 package pasta (I used…

BST Gnocchi

You guys, this gnocchi dish is the best thing I ever made. Creamy, lemony, bacon-y AND its ready in twenty minutes. Get ready to have your gnocchi world rocked! Bacon Spinach Tomato (BST) Gnocchi in a Lemon-Ricotta Sauce 1 package Italian gnocchi 6 strips bacon 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 cup ricotta 1 lemon…

Lemon Creme Fraiche Pasta

You just got home from work. You’re starving. You’re on the phone with you mom and need to multitask dinner. This recipe is your answer! Lemon Creme Fraiche Pasta 1 cup or so of pasta (I used shells) 1/2 cup creme fraiche 1 lemon Pinch of salt (I used garlic sea salt) Handful of Kalamata…