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Marinara #1: Simple & Smooth

Marinara #1: Simple & Smooth

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This is my fastest, simplest marinara– and so much better than store-bought.  It is a real treasure, because it is luscious and slow-simmered, but can still be on the table in half an hour.  I know that sounds like a contradiction, but the truth is that “slow” doesn’t have to mean “all day.”  Generally, flavors can meld with a good 20-25 minute simmer after bringing the sauce to a full boil.  I had the chance to test this theory several months ago when I suddenly got a call that friends were coming to dinner– and would be at the Small Table in 45 minutes.  Yikes!!

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Silky Alfredo Sauce with Chicken & Broccoli

Silky Alfredo Sauce with Chicken & Broccoli

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The beauty, or rather, the luxury of a great small recipe is that you can use judicious amounts of luscious ingredients–precisely because it is small. Eat it; savor it; it’s gone.   Then it’s back to eating mostly healthy food.  You may have heard this referred to as the 80/20 rule:  80% healthy food, 20% indulgence.  It has totally worked for me long-term, which is why I love some good heavy cream and egg yolks when a great recipe is begging for them!

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Pasta Night Upgrade: The Tortellini-Sausage Skillet

Pasta Night Upgrade: The Tortellini-Sausage Skillet

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Pasta and sauce has long been the choice in-a-rush meal here at the Small Table.  There are three long-simmer sauces that I like to make when I have time (recipes to come), but in a pinch a good jar-sauce can be a wonderful thing.  Upgrade your standard pasta-and-sauce dinner with some sausage, parmesan, mozzarella, and tortellini.  This makes enough to have a little for lunch the next day, which can be just what you need when you’re short on time.

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