Winter is filled with great dishes that can only be appreciated when it’s cold outside. Hardy stews have got to be one of Hubby’s all time winter favorites. After all, he grew up in Wisconsin, where winters really happen. As for me, I’ve only seen snow falling from the sky maybe a dozen times in my life.
The Feast of Seven Fishes is very much an Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration. It is the grand meal of abundant seafood on a day of abstinence from meat. The tradition comes from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as La Vigilla, The Vigil.
Are you a fan of soups? We love soups in the winter. Soups for lunch. Soups to start a fantastic supper. Soups for dinner. Some soups are light and refreshing. Other soups are so packed with ingredients they leave you wanting nothing more.
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared any of my Catholic traditions with you. If you are uncomfortable with the subject, that’s fine. Please skip this as I’ve never wanted to offend anyone. If you’d like to hear more and get some delicious recipes, stick around!
For whatever reason, we’ve been in a Pasta-Scallop frame of mind. Hubby is a big fan of Scallops. I really don’t think I had ever tasted a scallop before marring him. And to be honest, the first time I tried scallop anything I was not thrilled. So what changed?
Risotto is something new to me. By new, I mean it’s something I began preparing at home in the last ten years. What? That’s new? When you consider I’ve been a home-cook since the early 1970s, ten years is “recent”.
Have you ever had a meal on the menu for weeks and yet something (like life) keeps getting in the way? Such was the case of for Cod Piccata. The first obstetrical was acquiring Cod, as in not the stuff from the freezer but the fish counter.
When I saw this one-pot delicious Spaghetti dish with plenty of vegetables, I knew instantly that it would be a one-pot hit in our house. So pretty, so flavorful and so perfect for this time of year.
Recently while putting together our menu planner and subsequent shopping list, I asked Hubby what he wanted for dinner. While I had most of the coming week planned out, there were a couple of holes that needed to be filled. On those rare occasions when I can’t make up my mind, I like to get a little input from the menfolk.
The beauty of a pan-seared steak is that you can have an awesome, charred steak without firing up the grill, braving the heat outside or heating up the house inside. Oh sure, you’re going to turn on the broiler, but only for a few minutes.
Good morning all! Hope you are having a wonderful summer thus far. I remember as a kid, summers seemed to last forever and a day. Now, the heat just drags on for an eternity. The fact that we spent ten wonderful days in the Pacific Northwest with the rain and the cold and the fog only to return to the valley with its 100+ sizzling heat might have something to do with feeling drained. I would move to the Northwest in a heartbeat. Hubby prefers a little more sunshine. I blame it on the fact that he isn’t a tea drinker. To me, there is something wonderful about a damp morning and a hot cup of tea.
World Market is one of my absolute favorite places to shop for spices and wines and things that are just different from the readily available products of a typical American grocery store. I go nuts in the pasta section alone. Their Lemon Linguine is so delicious, you could serve it up all on its own with just a kiss of butter.
Good morning everyone! I was so busy working on our shopping list for the week that I forgot to post a second recipe today. Not good. Now I suppose I could have made up for the oversight with an over the top production. But I’m in a simple yet tasty sort of mood, so an easy skillet dinner is just the ticket.
Sometimes my mind works in very strange ways. Take Rome and the Vatican for example. We eat a lot of Italian inspired suppers during Lent because meatless pastas are so darn easy, their seafood dishes are swimming in awesomeness and everything is super delicious. So, is the Vatican in the heart of Rome for the food, or is Italian meatless dishes so doggone good because of all those Catholic Cooks in Italy? I know, it’s a silly thought. The Vatican’s location has nothing to do with the food, but just maybe all those Catholics puttering about in the kitchen has something to do with the food. Just saying . . .
Although a short, tubular pasta, in Italian Ziti also means maiden or a young bride. Ziti literally means “macaroni of the bride”, traditionally served at Southern Italian wedding banquets. Not having a wedding? That’s okay. This Classic Ziti Bake is great for gathering of any kind, and actually travels well provided you have a means of warming it up.