a serendipitous trip to Italy

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Never in a million years did I think that touching a bag of fresh pasta would magically transport me to Italy only two months later.

Are you ready for this story?!

One summer night, I found myself in the kitchen cooking a big pasta dinner for my family. We were up in Lake Placid on our annual summer vacation. It’s always a very lively trip; my cousins and their kids come along with extended family and their friends. It’s like “My Big Fat Italian Wedding” except no one is getting married (or eating lamb).

On the menu was fresh tagliatelle with a simple tomato sauce. Right before adding the pasta into the pot I looked at the bag (the brand was Giovanni Rana- remember that name!) and thought to myself, I hope this is going to be good!

What I didn’t realize however, was that things were about to get really good….

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a farm tour + butternut squash risotto.

a farm tour + butternut squash risotto. | theclevercarrot.coma farm tour + butternut squash risotto. | theclevercarrot.coma farm tour + butternut squash risotto. | theclevercarrot.com

So, as it turns out: I’m not super woman after all.

It’s been a month since my last blog update, and the lack of posts have been nagging at my subconscious.

But I’m not the type to post random stuff for the sake of it. I work from inspiration so that I can pass it on to you. However, sometimes, ‘other things’ take over and it can be tricky to find a balance. I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of life stuff, work, wrangling kids, and sadly still grieving the passing of someone very close to my heart.

In addition, I’ve been working on an exciting new project (more details soon!) that has pretty much consumed my thoughts and creativity.

But for now, I’ve come up for air.

Hi!

How are you all doing?!…

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greek tortellini salad

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Everyone needs a signature dish.

Something that’s easy and effortless, and an overall crowd pleaser. Ideally, it can be made ahead of time too, and doesn’t require a strict recipe.

This dish is exactly that.

It’s my summertime specialty which is so simple (and tasty!) you’ll make it over and over again. …

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