Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

What to make for dinner?  That’s the question I found myself asking yesterday.  Repeated peeks into the refrigerator, freezer and pantry had revealed nothing that seemed to entice me.  So off to wander the store I went, hoping for some inspiration to strike me. I made my way to the meat counter first, figuring if I could decide on a protein the rest would fall into place.  Right away I saw some nice pork chops and moved in to grab some, excusing myself as I reached in front of a nice gentleman.  I turned around, plopped them in the cart and within a few … 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

Grilled Ribeyes with Whiskey Gorganzola sauce

Grilled Ribeyes with Whiskey Gorganzola sauce

I know I’ve professed my love of ribeye steaks before but I have to say it again.  I LOVE them!  They have a good ratio of fat to meat which equals great flavor; maybe not the healthiest cut but who cares.  The last time I cooked these, Bone-in Ribeyes with grilled Mediterranean vegetable salad, I seasoned them with my own rub.  This time around it was simply salt and pepper because I wanted the sauce to really stand out.  While a sauce is definitely not necessary, it adds to the richness of the meat and provides fantastic flavor. Being that … Continue reading

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

Huevos Rancheros with chorizo

Huevos Rancheros with chorizo

I’m not a huge breakfast person, so when I do sit to one I like it to be something I crave.  Huevos Rancheros is probably my favorite breakfast indulgence.  It’s hearty, packed with flavor and there’s something about the creaminess of the soft yoke blending with the salsa, crisp tortilla and spicy sausage that just gets me.  Normally the tortillas are only fried for about 30 seconds to basically soften them and the addition of chorizo is definitely not authentic, but since this is my site-I make it how I like it.  Enjoy! I started by brushing both sides of … Continue reading

Chicken Parmesan with a twist

Chicken Parmesan with a twist

Chicken parmesan is almost a staple in our house.  It’s one of those meals that I know everyone will devour without the slightest dissent.  But it never hurts to change things up a little.  Such was the case yesterday, when my son came back from a 2 day sleepover at his cousins’ house and informed me his throat was sore.  The cough soon followed and a cold had definitely set in.  So I was a little shocked when I asked him what sounded good for dinner and he responded with veal parmesan.  I imagined him responding with soup, a quesadilla … 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