Caprese Meatball Sliders

Caprese Meatball Sliders

I just love a big, thick juicy burger; but lately I’ve been making smaller slider style burgers.  The great thing is I find I eat a lot less when I make them.  It was almost as if when I had a big burger, I felt compelled to finish it.  And soon after finishing said burger, I was stuffed.  That’s why I actually prefer sliders; I find I eat quite a bit less. The other reason I’m hooked on them is you can put anything on them and still call it a slider.  If you put chicken between two normal hamburger buns, it’s … Continue reading

Nectarine and Heirloom Tomato Salad with herb ranch dressing

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Nectarines and other stone fruits are everywhere right now.  Every grocery store I wander into seems to have piles of them and at great prices too.  That’s how this salad came to be.  I’ve actually had the idea of making this salad for a few weeks-even bought the ingredients numerous times.  But life gets in the way sometimes…and family members eat the ingredients.  Really son?  I could never get you to try a nectarine before and now you eat two.  Oh well, at least he now likes nectarines. After getting my ingredients this time and fiercly protecting them from prying hands and … Continue reading

BLT Pasta

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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

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

Baked Rigatoni with sausage and eggplant

Baked Rigatoni with sausage and eggplant

Baked pasta is pure comfort food.  From lasagna and mac n cheese to cannelloni, stuffed shells and spaghetti pie; it’s all good, hearty stick to your bones food.  And such is the case for this recipe.  I was at home working earlier in the day with my mind constantly wandering through recipe ideas, but not settling on anything.  So I decided to go to the store to do my normal perusing of the aisles trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. After meandering for what seemed like an hour with no luck, I made my way to the produce section hoping for … Continue reading

Bacon Caprese Sandwich

Bacon Caprese Sandwich

Lunch for me usually consists of rumaging through the fridge and salvaging what leftovers I can find for sustinence or digging a Lean Cuisine from the depths of my freezer.  But today I wanted something different.  As I gleamed into a compartment, I found some fresh mozarella and bacon.  I quickly looked over to the counter to make sure my wife had not stolen the tomatoes and was thrilled to find they were still there next to some basil I had picked.  I grabbed some crusty bread leftover from last night’s dinner and I was set.  I cannot tell you how good … 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

My Basic Marinara

My Basic Marinara

This past weekend while I was out of town a lady posted a comment on my Overly Stuffed Shells asking for my marinara sauce recipe.  It occurred to me that I’d never given it out.  I’ve been asked many times over the years, but just never got around to handing it out.  I have many recipes that list it as an ingredient; 1 cup marinara or 20 ounces favorite marinara, etc and not one that lists what’s in it. Well, I decided to change that.  The following is my recipe for a thick rich marinara.  I use imported tomatoes from Italy … Continue reading