Sausage Herb Dressing with dried cranberries

Sausage and Herb Dressing with dried cranberries

Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t complete without dressing to go with the turkey.  While some prefer to stuff it in the cavity while the bird cooks, hence the name stuffing, I prefer to cook it separately.  I find the turkey cooks more evenly and the dressing crisps up on the top yet remains moist inside. Now I know many people will be grabbing boxes of Mrs. Cubbison’s and doctoring it up, but really – how hard is it to cube bread and toast it a little.  The difference in flavor is night and day; one tastes like cardboard (not that I’m an … 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

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