Udon Noodles with Roasted Asparagus Pesto & Tomatoes

Udon Noodles with Roasted Asparagus Pesto & Tomatoes via applestoziti.com

I have yet to meet a noodle that pesto didn’t get along with.

Come to think of it… I have yet to meet a noodle that didn’t get along with.

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Italian Quinoa

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I have to admit that sometimes I’m a bit jealous of other languages. They just sound more refined than the English language.

Or maybe more romantic.

Or both.

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Lemon + Pasta

I am happy to say that I get to cook for a man who will try just about any food… almost nothing is “off the table” in terms of ingredients.

Funny enough though, this recipe for Lemon Spaghetti just happened to hit two of his very few food qualms… olive oil-based pasta sauce (he prefers red or cream sauces) AND lemon

Yes, you heard right, LEMON! While he likes it in desserts, he doesn’t like lemon-infused savory dishes…. and YES, he does try them before giving this opinion 🙂

Now, I really LOVE lemon anything… but I don’t usually make or choose recipes with a lot of lemon because of my husband’s preference. After all, I have very few limitations in terms of what food I can make, so I figure I can acquiesce to this anti-lemon thing.

When it came to choosing “L” for A to Z it was difficult to decide whether or not I should go for the “Lemon” or do something else. I decided to see it as an opportunity to try out some lemon recipes I’ve been eyeing for a while. I thought maybe I could convince my husband that lemon was DELICIOUS, AMAZING, MOUTH-WATERING!!!!….

I did not succeed.

Nonetheless, he was a trooper and tried all the lemon recipes… both sweet and savory… even if they were not all up his alley. When I made Garlic-Lemon Chicken the lemon flavor was definitely there but not too strong so he was okay with it. In the case of Lemon Spaghetti this was not the case… it was too lemony for his taste. My girls and I, on the other hand, LOVED it!!!

And if you like lemon you’ll love it too! Not only because of its flavor but because of its simplicity.

In fact, I felt totally comfortable writing this longer-than-normal intro to the recipe because it is SO short and simple that it will hardly take up any of your time to read…

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While I can’t add this recipe to my “David-approved” list, it is DEFINITELY on mine!

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D is for Dorito-Baked Mashed Potatoes

The last of the Dorito recipes…

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Even if you are NOT a Doritos fan, you MUST try these mashed potatoes! The secret ingredient is actually the cheese I use, though the Doritos were a nice touch (easily removed if you don’t want to use them!) My recipe serves 5-8 people and you can make it ahead of time because you finish them off in the oven!

The potatoes are simple and delicious! They are great for bringing to a get-together as you can make them up to 6 hours ahead and then just bake them for 18 to 20 minutes wherever you’re serving them. No re-heating your mashed potatoes or trying to keep them hot in transit!

Here’s the full recipe: Dorito-Topped Mashed Potatoes

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