Fresh chickpea fettuccine with lemon sauce and honey-roasted cherry tomatoes

Spaghetti al limone has always been one of my favorite pastas. I love its exuberance and simplicity. But I can never resist putting my own spin on the classics… C’est plus fort que moi (I can’t help it)!

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Spaghetti with olive oil-garlic and pan-fried jalapeños

This is my New World take on Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, the legendary pasta dish!

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Ziti with spicy chicory and toasted Parmesan breadcrumbs

I often throw together this pasta (a one-stop meal!) when I’ve had a long, busy day. The only thing I need to buy is the chicory – the rest of the ingredients have a permanent spot in my pantry – so I don’t even have to come up with a shopping list.

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Orecchiette with Wilted Spinach, Chickpeas and Pimenton

Don’t you love recipes that can be thrown together in minutes, yet are healthful and over-the-top delicious?

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Last year, my husband Marc and I made our very first trip to the Finger Lakes. Evan Dawson, the brilliant wine writer for The New York Cork Report, was entirely responsible for the decision to head north. His passion for the wines of the Finger Lakes convinced me that I should take a closer look at the region.

(In an earlier post, I’ve written about our first meeting with Evan, and our visit to Hermann J. Wiemer winery. If you’d like to read it, click here.)

On the eve of our departure, Evan graciously emailed me a chapter of his soon-to-be-published book, Summer in a Glass. I was grateful to get an insider’s peek. Evan’s writing brims with passion for grapes, wines and the Finger Lakes. Marc read it aloud as I drove, our excitement growing with every page.

The chapter in question was about Morten Hallgreen, the talented winemaker of Ravines Wine Cellars. By the time Marc had read the last line, we were 30 minutes away from Ravines. We decided we needed to pop in, even though the tasting room was about to close.

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