Gnocchi Stuffed Squash with Spinach Artichoke Cream

Gnocchi Stuffed Squash with Spinach Artichoke Cream
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It’s December and you know what that means, the holidays are upon us. Now, depending on who you are, that could be a very good thing or a kind of crappy thing. And if you’re like me, it can be either or depending on the day. I am currently wrapping up my holiday shopping, so I’m a little lukewarm on the subject. But even my post-Black-Friday sour mood can’t spoil the joy I get from planning festive menus. Cocktail parties, cookie boxes, and lavish feasts – I love dreaming them all up.  Today I’m bringing you a holiday-ready main – this Gnocchi Stuffed Squash with Spinach Artichoke Cream. A vegetarian offering that I think is grand enough to hold its own next to a standing roast and decadent enough to make omnivores jealous. So let’s talk about it!

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Spaghetti and Meatballs – Overthinking Classics

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Overthinking Classics
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I’m back with another installment of my Overthinking Classics series. And today, I’m tackling what many North Americans consider to be the most iconic pasta dish of all time – Spaghetti and Meatballs. This dish has graced countless menus, found its way into the weekly rotation of numerous households, and even had a star-making turn in a Disney classic. Now, it’s always dangerous to meddle with a beloved classic such as this. And don’t worry, I believe that your Nonna’s is way better and I would love to try it. But this is how I like my Spaghetti and Meatballs. And if you have yet to swear allegiance to any particular rendition, this might be the spaghetti and meatballs for you. So let’s dive in!

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Caramelized Fennel Linguine

Caramelized Fennel Linguine with Creme Fraiche
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Today’s Caramelized Fennel Linguine is a tidy little recipe. Minimal ingredients, minimal prep, and a dead simple method. But just because this recipe is short on flourishes doesn’t mean it isn’t toe-curlingly delicious. This pasta dish features caramelized wedges of fennel dressed with a kiss of sherry, a whole lot of butter, and a healthy sprinkling of shredded Grana Padano cheese. Served in a tangle of al dente linguine and finished with toasted breadcrumbs, fennel fronds, and a dollop of creme fraiche, this dish delivers balanced perfection with minimal fuss.

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Silky Avocado Linguine with Strawberries & Tomatoes

Silky Avocado Linguine with Strawberries and Tomatoes
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Well, we’re neck-deep in a pretty intense heat wave here in Toronto. And judging by the long-range forecast, the heat isn’t likely to let up anytime soon. It’s hard to enjoy cooking at a time like this. Frankly, it can be hard to enjoy food in weather like this. And yet, I manage to persevere. It takes a lot to rob me of my appetite. But while the heat hasn’t affected my ability to eat, it has had a somewhat positive impact on my cravings. When it gets hot I crave all the refreshing things usually in the form of fruits and vegetables. That’s why today’s Silky Avocado Linguine with Strawberries and Tomatoes is my new favorite thing. 

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