Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cook-it-up: Monday to Friday Pasta

Back in April I said I was going to keep going with the cook-it-up project. I have continued to make stuff from the cookbook I chose for that month, but the posting the first Saturday of each month and changing books monthly didn't happen.
I am going to try to get back on track with this (because I did find it a good way to use more recipes).
Since April I have been making things from Monday to Friday Pasta by Michele Urvater. I love this book! Since the beginning of April I have made about a dozen different recipes and I have made a couple of them more than once. Among the highlights:

  • Garlicky Mushroom Sauce (p. 46) was great over cheese ravioli
  • Dijon butter sauce (p. 38) was so good (over tortellini with chopped asparagus added) that we also made the horsradish variation
  •  Sweet and spicy beef with egg noodles (p. 132) was delicious and spicy--I made the sour cream variation, next time I will try the feta
The only dud was the Pecan Noodle pudding with ricotta cheese. It was too dry and not pudding-y enough for my tastes. I have marked lots of additional recipes in this book to try (including a couscous that is on tonight's menu). 

Up next is Martha Hall Foose's Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook. I may stick with this book for the summer as it has a lot of excellent-sounding warm weather dishes in it that I want to try. When I am ready to move on to another book I will post a report on this one and my next pick. 
I'm linking this post with Weekend Cooking.


  1. I'll be looking out for this one! Thanks! Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

  2. I love how you are trying recipes! Good for you!

  3. Southern cooking for summer sounds like an excellent plan!

    Joy's Book Blog

    1. Southern cooking always sounds good to me, but hot weather (if we ever get any in New England!) makes it even more appealing.

  4. I love hearing about your adventures cooking through your books. Sounds like this was mostly a winner and good idea to use a Southern book to get you through the heat of summer.

  5. I like the Monday to Friday cookbooks. I cooked a lot of recipes from them a few years ago. Will have to go back and find more to try.

  6. I didn't get to visit the Weekend Cooking posters this weekend, so I'm late coming around! We don't have pasta much anymore, but I used to cook a lot of it!


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