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

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

Braised Short Ribs

Braised Short Ribs

One of my favorite things to eat of all time are braised short ribs.  When done correctly, they melt in your mouth and are pure comfort food at it’s best.  The great thing about cooking them is they go well with so many flavors.  All you really need are vegetables and some kind of liquid to braise them in.  I’ve made them so many ways that I’ve lost count and this will probably be the first of many short rib recipes. For this one I decided to make use some marinara that I had leftover from a few nights ago; see … 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

Overly Stuffed Shells

Overly Stuffed Shells

Years ago when I was looking for an alternative to lasagne, I went rumaging through the pasta isle at my local grocery store.  I was familiar with the normal spaghetti, penne, lasagna and macaroni product; but when I took a step back and really concentrated on the variety of pasta available I was taken aback.  The variety was HUGE.  When did this happen?  Just the other week it seemed there were merely a few to choose from and now I had to get a pasta dictionary just to figure out what all these were.  Was this some kind of marketing … Continue reading