Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad is an easy, healthy, and affordable side dish or starter that can be made ahead of time and keeps well in the refrigerator. Visit to learn more.

Finally, a sunny day after a long week of rainy days. I thought I’d celebrate with some bright colors of my own by making a big bowl of Greek Pasta Salad.

Delicious, quick, easy, affordable, and healthy. Hard to beat that! And try it with some pita bread.

And you know I love dishes which I can pull together from a trip to the local farmers market and some odds and ends out of the pantry.

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Arnadi de Carabassa

With only a little prep time, this pudding-like pumpkin cake is super easy to make and really nice when you want something that's seasonal and not too sweet. Visit to learn more.

I’ve been cooking all sorts of pumpkin dishes lately, both savory and sweet, using canned organic pumpkin that I found at the Costco. And I’m sure the family will get tired of it soon, but for now we’re loving it. It would be a shame to only make pie (though we love that too)!

This particular pudding-like cake is of Arab origin and is common throughout the region of Valencia, Spain. Pumpkins are native to North America but, like most foods today, they are grown and available around the globe.

The spices (cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg) are typical of a pumpkin dessert. But I like this one because, like many desserts from that part of the world, it’s not too sweet. Just the sweet side of savory.

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Ragù alla Bolognese

Ragù alla Bolognese is hands-down one of our favorite Italian classics. Though it takes a while, it's simple, affordable, and incredibly delicious. Visit to learn more.

Hands-down, this Italian classic is one of the favorites at our house. It’s easy to make and, while it takes a few hours on the stove, it’s worth every minute.

It’s also not expensive — which I like, of course. There is nothing from a jar, never ever, that is this good. Nor can most restaurants afford to serve a dish that takes hours to cook. If you find one that does, show them some love.

You’ll see it’s easy to taste the difference once you’ve made the real thing.

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