Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Any excuse to make soup is okay with me.  So when my son was home sick the other day, I asked him what he’d like for dinner.  “Soup”, he replied in a sad, pitiful, scratchy whimper.  “The kind with the little meatballs in it, but not a spicy one”, he added.  I knew just what he was talking about as we’d had it about two months ago and he loved it.  Let’s face it-any soup with meatballs in it is going to be a hit kids. Although I’m sure this soup has been served at weddings the name actually comes from … Continue reading

BLT Pasta

BLT Pasta 2

Everyone loves a great BLT.  Thick cut bacon, juicy mouthwatering tomato and crisp lettuce on toasted hearty bread is a hard combo to beat.  So when I was thinking about what to make for dinner and a BLT came to mind, I wondered how I could twist things up.  I ventured into my refrigerator bravely pushing through the minefield of varied tupperware items that held remants of meals gone by.  And that’s when it came to me-I really need to clean out this fridge!  I digress; back to the search. After finding some arugula and fresh mozarella, it suddenly struck me.  A small plastic barb from one of those stupid tupperware lids (well not techniquely stupid as that would … Continue reading

Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

There are two ingredients that I love more after roasting; red bell peppers and garlic.  Roasting the peppers over a flame until blackened and blistered, then removing the skin and seeds enhances their natural sweetness and they are miles apart in their flavor from the jarred variety.  Garlic as well is transformed when it’s roasted in the oven, becoming soft and sweet and far more subtle than in it’s raw state.  So when I was coming up with a new sauce, I knew I wanted to use both of these ingredients roasted to perfection. This is such a simple sauce but it does … Continue reading

Three Cheese Manicotti with sausage ragú

Manicotti with sausage ragú

I must admit, I could eat pasta nearly every day and would never tire of it.  Whether  dried or fresh, it lends itself to so many dishes and it’s this versatility that allows the same ingredient to go from an elegant yet simple capellini with fresh tomatoes and capers to macaroni  n cheese.  From lobster ravioli to minestone soup or spaghetti smothered in chili, it’s all fantastic and quite different.  So when I had a urge for pasta again, I couldn’t quite decide on what kind. After mulling over numerous ideas in my head, I still was no closer to a dinner recipe.  That’s when it … Continue reading

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

After all the Mexican food and braised pork the last few days, I was in the mood for some pasta.  But what kind?  That’s the real trick in cooking for a family; creating something everyone will eat and yet having variety to keep it interesting for me.  So when deciding what kind of sauce to have with the pasta, I had to think about what we hadn’t had in awhile.  The first thing I decided was I wanted no meat in it.  We’d had alot of meat lately and I just didn’t feel like it.  So that ruled out Bolognese … Continue reading

Creamy Orzo with ham and peas

Creamy Orzo with ham and peas

Some of the best recipes we home cooks come up with is when we’re pressed for time and didn’t make it to the grocery store.  Such was the case the other night as I found myself frantically trying to avoid the call for pizza delivery.  It was 5:30 pm, the phone had been ringing off the hook, kids were getting hungry and I was getting stressed.  Opening the refridgerator door and staring into the cavernous compartments revealed little that inspired.  Before making what seemed like the inevitible call, I decided to delve into my treacherous freezer once again.  Wow-two times in a … Continue reading

Sausage, Onions and Peppers with marsala cream sauce

Sausage, Onions and Peppers with Marsala cream sauce

All too often while juggling my regular job, the kids and updating this site, I lose track of time.  Yesterday was another one of those days.  My wife came home from work and I was typing away as if I had all the time in the world.  “What’s for dinner?” she asked.  “I’m going to sauté some sausage along with some bell pepper and onion and make some kind of sauce with it” I replied.  “Honey?” she asked in a somewhat austere voice, “Do you know what time it is?”  I quickly peered down to the corner of my computer to see … Continue reading

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

Everyone loves a good meatball.  Well, maybe not everyone but most do.  Just think how much better a good plate of spaghetti is with a hearty meatball along for the ride.  My family is no exception to this-they LOVE meatballs.  I’ve made them over the years using beef, sausage and veal in differing amounts, but a couple of years ago I was trying to lose weight and tried them using ground turkey.  I was expecting “yuck dad, what’s wrong with these” but got a completely different response.  They liked them far better with the turkey and from then on I’ve been … Continue reading