Broccoli Cheese Sformato

Broccoli Cheese Sformato

Before you start googling “Sformato” I’ll save you the trouble.  It’s an Italian custard, similar to a French soufflé but not nearly as airy.  They can be sweet, but most often are savory as I’ve done here.  And although they are commonly done in a ring mold, I find the individual ramekins work better.  Many recipes call for milk thickened with a roux, but by using the heavy cream that step can be omitted, albeit with more fat.  This is such an easy recipe and will even win over your non broccoli loving family members. (See Linda?  You liked it!)  … 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

Not your Mama’s Meatloaf

Not your Mama's Meatloaf

Okay, so you inform your family or whoever completely relies on you for their sustenance, that dinner tonight will be meatloaf.  You eagerly await the roaring response of “YES!”  “Thank you for taking the time to make such a wonderful meal-it’s our favorite!”  Yeah right.  The response used to be the same here.  “What?  Why do we have to have that?  I hate meatloaf.  Can we at least have mashed potatoes with it so we don’t have to taste it?”  Yes, these and other similar replies have been uttered throughout time over this much maligned hunk of meat stuff. Now … Continue reading

Mac n Cheese Good

Five different cheeses in one gooey mess

Although not the healthiest dish, sometimes you just gotta have some good ‘ol mac n cheese.  I will admit I’m kind of a snob when it comes to this dish.  I’ve tried numerous recipes and found them to be lacking in one way or another (some quite a bit more so than others).  I always end up back to my own.  It took many trial and errors to get what I think is the best.  Gooey, creamy and of course cheesy.  Kind of similar to what this post is sounding like right now.  Oh well, can’t help it.  Any variety of cheese … Continue reading