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

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

Grilled Pizza Two Ways

Grilled pizza with arugula pesto

After desperately trying to avoid ordering pizza on my last post, yesterday pizza was exactly what I was in the mood for.  The weather was so wonderful that the thought of cooking them indoors just seemed wrong.  So the obvious choice was to grill them.  Now if you haven’t tried to grill your pizza you’re missing out.  First, they cook very fast and second, they get a nice smoked flavor that I just love.  The real trick to grilling pizza is about planning and having everything you need within reach.  You don’t want to be running into the house to … 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

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

Bolognese style chicken cutlets

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Last night I found myself looking at boneless, skinless chicken breasts and wondering what to make out of them.  I foraged around the fridge and found some fresh sage, mozarella and some proscuitto.  I figured this had the makings of something good but it needed something else.  I had carrots, celery, onions and garlic also.  Nope-not what I’m looking for.  So on to the freezer in the hope of finding something.  Ice cream, frozen hash browns, various undescribable meats wrapped in foil and plastic wrap (wow I really need to clean out the freezer), frozen pineapple juice concentrate with no lid … Continue reading