Grampa Clarence’s Secret Sauce

I’ve mentioned before my love of all things pasta.  I also have a crazy love of garlic.  I LOVE garlic. One big reason is that it reminds me of my grandfather, Grampa Clarence. I have very vivid memories of walking into my grandparent’s house and the air would be filled with the fragrance of frying garlic. That…

“Oh Mama” Tuna Noodle Casserole

This tuna noodle casserole pays homage to my mom’s warm, creamy casserole. No canned soup in this one, though. Just a cheesy, creamy sauce, egg noodles, green peas, and flake tuna, all topped with more cheese and delicious buttery potato chip crumbs.

“Beef Tips” Two Ways: Meaty and Veg

Rich, hearty and full of flavor, this recipe for Beef Tips in Mushroom Wine Sauce is classic comfort food. A few easy tweaks gives you a meaty version and a vegetarian version.

Parmesan Two Ways: Eggplant and Chicken

Got back from vacation recently, and while I love eating out, I really missed cooking. So our first night back I went all out on an Italian meal. As I’ve said before, half of my family are vegetarian (technically pescatarian), and half are omnivores. I never want to make my omni husband and daughter feel…

Classic Meatless “Meat Lover’s” Lasagna

This meatless version of the classic meat lasagna is full of rich, tomato-y, cheese goodness.  It’s so good, no one will miss the meat! I have a weakness for pasta. When I was pregnant, I would send Lenny to the local Italian joint at least twice a week for takeout.  I still find myself with the occasional…

Easy Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

My grocery store had a sale on whole roasting chickens today. 68¢/lb. I love a good roast chicken, especially on a Sunday afternoon. So I couldn’t resist. It reminded me of Sunday dinners growing up. It was always a roast of some sort…chicken, beef, pork. And the smell would fill the whole house. We’d eat…

Quick ‘n Easy Weeknight Dinner: Baked Mac and Cheese

Delicious baked Macaroni and Cheese, colorful sautéed zucchini and summer squash and sweet, rich chocolate peanut butter crescent rolls…this quick and easy menu makes creating a delicious meal on a busy weeknight a breeze! Growing up, both my parents worked. So there were always a few standard menus that were quick, easy and affordable. Tuna…