Dinner

Instant Pot® Not So Instant Chili

I’m probably one of the last cooks in America that have resisted buying and using the Instant Pot®. I really don’t have a reason or justification for …

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Happy Meal – White Bean, Chicken, And Pasta

The traditional Italian dish “pasta e fagioli” translates to “pasta and beans.” And that’s just what I’m cooking! Cannellini or white beans are the common beans …

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Roasted Butternut Squash With Ricotta Gnocchi

Butternut squash is a fall/winter staple in our home. It pairs nicely with about any meat, chicken or fish dish. One year our vegetable garden went …

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Say Cheese! Scalloped Potatoes

  A potato side-dish complements almost any meat, chicken, or fish meal. This simple version of cheesy scalloped potatoes are not only great for a “big …

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Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You

Sunday is sauce day in a typical Italian family’s house. My grandmother followed that tradition for many years. It was expected that we had Sunday dinner …

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Chop’in Broccoli, Chop’in Brocco-la, Chop’in Brocco-laaa Soup

Are you familiar with the song that Dana Carvey sang called “The Lady I Know?” For some reason that song was rolling around in my head …

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Balsamic Glazed Sweet Beans

Scarlett runner beans are not a universally well-known bean. Since my hubby started growing them a few years ago I’ve been working on converting recipes for …

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The Italian Roast Beef Encounter

Do I call this The Italian Roast Beef Encounter because it’s smothered in wine and tomatoes? Is it because there are about nine cloves of garlic …

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Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

September signals the beginning of Fall, school resuming after summer, and harvests emptying gardens of summer vegetables. Change is in the air and can effect many …

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad – Zucchini NOT Included

Summer is winding down, and I don’t think I’ve ever been looking forward to a cool rainy afternoon as much as this year. It was one …

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Another Summer Salad – Beans, Tomato, & Tuna

The summer season does have an impact on my blogging. I’d rather be in the garden admiring and/or harvesting the vegetables, or sitting under the shade …

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A Grainy Experience – Barley & Edamame Salad With Red Pepper Sauce

Adding grains into salads kicks it up a notch in my book. Farro is a favorite grain that works well in salads. I learned how to …

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