Pasta With Summer Vegetables

I created this way to serve pasta as a flavorful side dish that goes well with many different main dishes. The ingredients below make 3 generous servings. INGREDIENTS: About 8 ounces pasta (rigatoni, penne rigate or fusilli) 2 – 3 T olive oil 1 tsp. lemon juice 1/3 tsp. sugar 1/3 cup chopped tomato 1/3…
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Yellow Squash Casserole

I fell in love with squash when we lived in western Kentucky.  One year when our next door neighbor offered us space in her large garden in return for our help in tending it, I planted 24 different kinds of squash.  My wife thinks that it was not more than 20, and she may be…
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Angel Food Birthday Cake

My birthday cake came out of a box!  Sounds like the title of a horror film, and worst of all, it’s true. The  first birthday cakes I remember were ordinary yellow or white cakes with white frosting and candles.  Mom made them from scratch with our own eggs and all-purpose flour out of the big…
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Sarah’s Salmon Sauce

My best friend and his wife at the University of Virginia had a baby daughter who has grown up to be a talented writer and the patient wife of a diplomat who travels the world, as well as a devoted mother and good cook. Like my wife, Sarah believes in the “make do” school of…
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Carrot Cake Supreme

Last summer when I asked my wife what she would like for her birthday, I assumed that she would suggest something simple, like finding her an autographed copy of the latest Joyce Carol Oates novel or an inexpensive dinner at some four star restaurant in Chicago or New Orleans.  Instead, she smiled and said, “Carrot…
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