Italian Zucchini Boats

Italian Zucchini Boats

These yummy boats are a pretty and easy veggie-centric way to use up an excess of zucchini in late summer. They are super flavorful and light, but filling. My Slow Chunky Tomato Sauce has ground beef in it, but these would also be excellent filled with sauce made with un-cased and cooked hot or sweet…

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Kale and Chicken Meatball Soup

Kale and Chicken Meatball Soup

You know, sometimes you need something hot and healthy to get you back on track, especially when the seasons are changing and especially if you’ve been out late the night before. This soup hits the mark: soothing chicken broth made hearty with egg noodles, chicken meatballs, and loads of the “superfood” kale, which delivers high levels of…

Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna Rolls

OK, everyone is making Lasagna Rolls. A quick search on Pinterest turns up dozens of recipes. I don’t often make Lasagna because it seems like a lot of work for not much satisfaction. Over-cooked edges and watery centers: no, thank you. This Lasagna Roll recipe is unlikely to cause a revolution in the food world, however…

Slow Chunky Tomato Sauce - Chef's Tasting

Slow Chunky Tomato Sauce

Tonight I am making Lasagna Rolls and for those I need tomato sauce. It’s a cool, rainy summer day and I have piles of fresh basil in the garden–a perfect day to let some sauce simmer! This is my recipe for a basic slow-cooked, chunky ground beef tomato sauce. There is nothing really fancy about…

Parmesan Zucchini Bake

Parmesan Zucchini Bake

‘Tis the season for an overabundance of zucchini. Here is a recipe that I recently rediscovered at a cookout at my mom’s house. A friend of hers brought it as a dish to share and mom had the card in her old recipe box. I increased the parmesan and added fresh basil from our garden,…

Creamy Pasta Pesto Primavera

Creamy Pesto Pasta Primavera

Adding a ton of vegetables to pasta makes it healthy, right? We made this for “meatless Monday” this week. So creamy, delicious, and easy. Every summer, I make a lot of Basil Pesto. Last summer, my plants over delivered and I’m still making my way through the frozen bounty. By the time this year’s plants…

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Here is the “recipe” for my basil pesto. I make this every few weeks during peak basil production (mid-summer), generally two batches at a time. During the summer, there is usually a small jar of fresh pesto in the fridge. It primarily goes on sandwiches or into hot or cold pasta dishes–I’m always looking for…

Sicilian Chickpea and Escarole Soup

Ceci Bean and Escarole Soup

It has been rainy, cold couple of weeks in the Philadelphia area, which sent me on a quest to find a good spring soup that would chase away the chill but also feel healthy. I came across several variations of Sicilian chickpea soup (which I had never made before). Low in fat and high in protein,…

Pasta Puttanesca with Garlic Toasts

Pasta Puttanesca with Garlic Toasts

The goal when making pasta puttanesca is to have the sauce and pasta finish at the same time. It’s good practice for a fun game that I like to play called Get Everything on the Table at Once. The sauce should cook fast and hot, and the pasta will finish cooking in the sauce. This will…

Italian Sausages with Parmesan Polenta

Italian Sausages with Parmesan Polenta

The best thing about this recipe is that you can customize it in dozens of ways with different sausages, cheeses, and fresh herbs. We especially like it with mushrooms and spinach. Once you have this recipe in your arsenal, you can class it up or play it down, for an easy dinner win any night…