Pork, Peppers, Pasta and Broccoli – A Skillet Dinner

For some reason, which feels a bit murky to me, our family didn’t eat many fresh vegetables, and that tradition stayed with me for decades and decades. Naturally we ate high quality  Le Sueur canned peas, since our maid, directed from Mom, I suppose, bought only the best quality, at least with the peas. Deep…

Shrimp, Broccoli and Pasta Swirl

Leftover spaghetti is  boring! It’s hard to make it tasty the next day; it’s so plain.   I enjoy freshly cooked spaghetti, but leftovers are not for me!. I often end up tossing leftovers in the trash, saying darn  that so much has gone to waste!  However, it was fun using up leftover spaghetti recently, from…

Stuffed Jumbo Shells, 4 Cheeses, Layered with a Meaty Marinara Sauce, Baked

Pasta for lunch, usually curly kinds  or other  elbow shaped varieties were common in my childhood.  That’s what our live-in maid/housekeeper cooked for us, ( my 3 younger siblings and I) often with butter swirled in,  plus  a smattering of American cheese scattered from above. As an adult I’m still fond of that meal, but…

Creamy Baked Chicken, Rice and Vegetables

Chicken and rice sounds so passe, normal, average, but it may be however, it’s truly more than that too.  Cooking this dish gave me an opportunity to  use my skills, talent, create something delicious, extrodinary, a stick-to-your-ribs-meal that, with some of it, the ideas and ingredients, and part of the process just popped into my…

Stuffed Cabbage revisited – a Tangy Sauerkraut-Tomato Sauce

I love experimenting with different versions of recipes–and stuffed cabbage offers many alternatives, especially with the internet input. I even found a Kosher site which presented unique points of view, such as adding additional cabbage in the form of sauerkraut in the sauce!  What a surprise when I saw the Yamaka-wearing man toss half a…

American Goulash: My Version of a Hamburger Classic

I’m a fan of ground beef.  I like it simply prepared as a hamburger, or added in stir fries, mixed in casseroles, and added to  so many main dishes. Hamburger meat often comes to the table with assorted ingredients  like tomatoes, onion, celery, beans, cheese, plus many vegetable choices. Sauces too are a popular ingredient…

Baked Pasta, Meat, Cheese and Zucchini Casserole

When I married, back in 1971, I believed  cooking lasagna was time consuming, and it was. As I tried to carefully place the dry, flat noodles in a  big pot  of boiling water; they often broke and cracked, which annoyed me no end. Once cooked, they even slid out of my hands; pieces slithered away…

Sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella–a baked cannelloni casserole

No one in my household was Italian, no one cooked Italian food, (neither my mother, who never cooked, or our live-in maid), no Italian heritage oozes through my genes. However, everyone loved Italian food. To this day, from childhood memories and taste buds which take me back, I remember that my two younger siblings and…