Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup wasn’t born from  traditional wedding ‘food-fare’! Instead it refers to the “marriage” of flavors and textures from green vegetables with meat for a soup (minestra). The English translation from the Italian “minestra maritata” means “married soup”! I enjoy making this soup to serve on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as a prelude to…

Lucy’s Lentil Soup

Lucy’s Lentil Soup  Lentils are a staple in our house as they were when I was growing up! My mom would prepare this homemade lentil soup every Friday night for dinner and freeze the rest for another night. We would typically have this as a first dish, before fish or even a slice of pizza,…

Slow “Roasted” Herb Chicken

Ingredients: One Whole Chicken Herbs de Provence or herbs of your choice (Rosemary and Thyme) ,  1 teaspoon Paprika, regular or smoked, 1/2 teaspoon Onion, one medium quartered Garlic, one large clove sliced lengthwise Equipment: 6 quart crock pot/slow cooker, cutting board, knife Instructions:  Place Onions on bottom of pan,  loosen skin of chicken enough to…

Mama Lucy’s Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

For easy meal preparation during the week,  my mom, Lucy, taught me to prepare a large pot of  Marinara or Meat sauce on Sunday or over the weekend.  Divide into smaller containers, keep one in the fridge and freeze the rest. You will be set for at least two meals during the week. Marinara or…

Grandma’s Sweet Savory Spicy Escarole for Escarole Pie

Grandma’s Sweet Savory Spicy Escarole for Escarole Pie Escarole is a hearty green leafy vegetable. High in folic acid, fiber, and vitamins A and K, and minerals like manganese, copper and potassium. Escarole can be eaten raw or cooked.  Serve as first dish –escarole and cannellini bean soup or raw in salads. Growing up in my Italian family this…

Festive Beef Fajitas

1 pound, beef round, cut into strips (pre-cut and packaged from butcher, meat market or supermarket) 4 bell peppers. I like the variety pack with one orange, red, yellow and green pepper 3 medium yellow onions 1 garlic clove, chopped. 1 teaspoon, chili powder  1 – 2 teaspoons, steak seasoning mix 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped…

Pesto Chicken over Tagliatelle

Pesto Chicken Over Pasta This dish is a “fast-no oven-required” dish! By the time you are waiting for the pasta- water to boil, mix pesto ingredients in the blender or food processor and brown the chicken in a skillet. You can even substitute chicken strips with shrimp. Both cook quickly. For hectic days you can save an extra step by using the “Go-To” Pesto –…

Basil Becomes…

Pesto is one of my ways to go ‘green’ and savor that garden flavor long past summer! No waste here!  I pick fresh basil leaves from my garden with the wonderful smell (of basil) immediately bursting into the air and onto my hands!  High in potassium and vitamin A. Simply wash, pat dry, add in blender with the ingredients…

Best Sandwich? Mom’s Eggplant Parm’

Want a perfect sandwich for the beach or a picnic? Bet eggplant parmesan wasn’t high on your list!  I have fond memories of my mom making non-traditional sandwiches for Summer Sunday Outings to the beach.  Zucchini and eggs, and yes, MY favorite, eggplant parm’.  This sandwich satisfies your taste, your tummy and helps build strong bodies. Eggplant delivers on fiber, potassium, and antioxidants while tomato sauce adds the antioxidant,…

Recipe: Homemade Italian Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients: Tomatoes –  4 about medium to large Garlic – 1 clove Basil, 3 leaves chopped Olive Oil – 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese – ¼ cup, grated Breadcrumbs  ½ cup Anchovies – 3, chopped Green Olives, 2 sliced Pignoli nuts (optional)  1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, (optional) ¼ teaspoon or to taste Wash tomatoes….