Simon Fairfax’s Pasta Schizophrenica [RECIPE]

(Photo courtesy Simon Fairfax)

Simon Fairfax, author of the new Medieval saga that begins with A Knight and a Spy 1410, is not only a very capable writer, he also knows his way around a kitchen. He received this recipe from “Alice’s” (the Contessa’s) mother (see our recent interview for details), who calls it Pasta Schizophrenica, as it turns out differently each time! The good thing is, like so many typical Italian dishes, there’s really no right or wrong when preparing this dish, hence the name. In essence, this is very simple and quick to prepare, and can be made in about 10 minutes. “But you must use good quality, fresh ingredients,” Simon says. “This recipe includes what works on a regular basis. However, you could use no basil or more pepper; passata rather than chopped tomatoes; pasta instead of gnocchi; sliced pancetta rather than cubed; etc., etc. Well, you get the picture! Pork, especially wild boar—Cinghiale—is very popular around Tarquinia/North Lazio and features in many dishes.” We hope you enjoy this recipe, as written and photographed by Simon himself. —J&H

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Gillian Harvey’s After School Sugar Cookies [RECIPE]

Gillian Harvey's After School Sugar Cookies
After School Sugar Cookies are a busy parent’s best friend. (Photo courtesy Gillian Harvey)

Writer Gillian Harvey is a busy woman. Not only is she the author of the upcoming Everything is Fine (which you can pre-order now before it hits US bookstores in January), but she is also mom to five adorable, energetic kiddos. So when we asked her to share one of her favorite recipes, it came as no surprise when she offered up this one for her after school sugar cookies. After all, what parent doesn’t need a quick cookie recipe in their culinary arsenal? We hope you love baking up this batch of sweet goodness with your little ones! —J&H

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Slow-Cooked Marinara Sauce [RECIPE]

Marinara sauce
Marinara sauce is easy to make, but oh so yummy! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Now that temperatures have dropped, we start thinking about comfort food. And what’s more robustly flavored and delicious than scrumptious Italian food on a cool autumn night? This marinara sauce is a little different than others we’ve made because it utilizes pancetta (an Italian bacon) to lend a hint of smoke to the flavor profile, which we love. It’s also great to make ahead, stores well, and is super easy to prepare. Best of all it is really versatile and goes wonderfully with everything from spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmesan to a big dish of homemade lasagna. Yum!

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Sara Richardson’s Dipped Gingersnaps [RECIPE]

Sara Richardson loves to bake
Sara Richardson loves to bake up happiness any time of year. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Sara Richardson, author of Home for the Holidays and First Kiss with a Cowboy, finds that over the past several months, as we’ve navigated a new set of challenges in our world, she often finds herself looking forward. One of the things that fills her with hope, anticipation and joy is this yummy cookie recipe which is delicious any time of year. We hope you love it!

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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili [RECIPE]

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili
A big bowl of warm chicken chili is just what the doctor ordered on a cold night. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

When sweater weather comes knocking, it’s time to pull out the handy dandy old slow cooker. This comfort food recipe is one of our all-time favorites. It dishes up loads of warm flavor and hearty protein with its blend of poultry and legumes. Best of all, when you come home from a long day at work or running errands, dinner is ready and waiting for you. Enjoy!

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