potluck pasta party

in the face of living in a very transient town, my friends and i opt for tradition. in a city ruled by politics, we vote potluck! starting about three years ago, my girlfriends and i made it a point to make time for a family meal as often as we could. the goal is to meet once a week, and though some months we do better than others, potlucks have become our north star of sorts. our potlucks range anywhere from two to eight girls, with each of us rotating as host for that week's dinner. we're the biggest fans of each other's cooking, with each dinner peppered with gushing over how good each bite is.

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pistachio pasta

this recipe came from a dc food blog, and it's one of the first blogs that inspired me to begin planting my roots. when i think of this recipe, i'm instantly transported back to the first time i made it. it kicked off for me a tradition of sunday night pasta dinners, thanks to the idea from cupcakes for breakfast. i also devoured it after a marathon training run, so it felt like extra pasta pampering was deserved that sunday night. even if you aren't training for a marathon, this recipe really isn't that heavy. spring or summer, or even a warm fall evening, a scoop of pasta with a crunch of pistachio and crumble of cheese is always welcome. 

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