Tomato, Basil, and Onion Salad or Pasta

I’m not sure why but my basil never took off this year. I have parsley and oregano and rosemary galore, but no basil or cilantro–which I desperately need for my tomatoes! But my tomatoes are doing great and I grew a batch of red onions as well. I pulled some up, let them dry, and […]

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

A good use for boiled ground beef. When you want a meat sauce, heat up a jar or can of spaghetti sauce and add some already cooked ground beef to the sauce and heat through. This is great for last minute meals because you can thaw the already cooked meat in the microwave while you’re […]

Easy Weeknight Meal: Tuna, Pasta, Tomatoes, Olives

Needed a quick weeknight meal tonight. Thumbing through the cookbooks I ended up making this easy quick pasta dish from one of my standby weeknight cookbooks, Desperation Dinners!. Definitely a pantry meal. Everyone ought to have a list of quick pantry meals: recipes that use stuff you can keep on hand for quite a while […]

Chicken Cutlets with Olio e Aglio

Company for dinner last night so we had 8 kids (ages 2 to 12) and 7 adults. I made chicken cutlets, homemade macaroni and cheese, angel hair pasta with olio e aglio (oil and garlic), a Caesar salad and had applesauce and carrot sticks on the kids’ table. Chicken cutlets. Pound the chicken until thin. […]

Baked Penne with Meat Sauce

Made one of the kids’ favorites last night: baked penne with meat sauce. I pulled a bag of meat sauce from the freezer (about 2 -3 cups I guess) and thawed it and warmed it up while I cooked up a half a pound of penne pasta (little tubes). Drained the pasta when it was […]