Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

I thought this crockpot macaroni and cheese woudl be a great way to have a hot kid-friendly dish at a large party. Then I noticed hw many adults were dipping into it, too! I was skeptical the first time I made this, thinking it would get runny and watery and that the pasta would just […]

Pasta with Artichokes and Bacon

The garden is giving me lots of artichokes this spring and I’m loving them!  So far, in addition to plain steamed (or simmered) artichokes served with lemony mayonnaise, I’ve made artichoke soup, pasta with spicy artichoke sauce, sautéed artichokes, marinated baby artichokes, braised artichokes… Oh, and a raw artichoke salad!  They’ve all been really good […]

Lemon and Leek Linguine

This came from the October 2010 issue of Cooking Light magazine.  I actually followed their serving suggestion as well and served it with lightly floured and seasoned chicken breasts, pounded thin and then cooked in butter and oil.  

Easy Marinara Sauce

This simple marinara sauce comes from Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master (Amazon link). It’s just got a few simple ingredients but if you start with good canned tomatoes, you’ll end up with a tasty marinara sauce. It’s great as is or you can add cooked meatballs to it and […]

Penne with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

This pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage is from Lidia’s Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees, which I borrowed from the library. I have other cookbooks from her and love them so thought it would be fun to see what her favorites are. This caught my eye and I […]