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Dinner in a pumpkin: Halloween fun!

October 31, 2011

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Yes, this pumpkin looks a little scary. Fact is, he’s been roasted whole. I started making “Dinner in a Pumpkin” many years ago when my kids were tiny.  Then it became a tradition.  My kids think this is what MUST be done before they head out trick or treating.  It has become a tradition.  I […]

Super Simple to the table in less than 30 min Pasta!

September 27, 2011

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I view pasta a bit differently after visiting Italy. The pasta itself has a better flavor, and is never gummy and overcooked. I have since become addicted to imported, air-dried pasta that I can purchase at Caputo’s, an Italian deli and market in Salt Lake City.  It does cost more, but then it stretches farther […]

Seeded Pork Roast

September 25, 2011

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I like to take it easy on Sundays when I can.  It doesn’t always work out that way, but armed with my trusty crock pot I can often pull it off.  There is just something amazing about coming home from church and smelling the delicious aroma of dinner nearly done. Roast and potatoes are the […]

Yellow Squash Frittata

September 13, 2011

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I don’t know about you, but I currently have an over-abundance of these puppies: Anyone else in the same boat? If so, I have the recipe for you!  I was very excited to locate this recipe, but I had to tweak it a bit.  Here is the final version: one medium sweet or yellow onion, […]

Meatballs. The Best. Ever.

September 13, 2011

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I have tried many,many meatball recipes.  Porcupine meatballs, Swedish meatballs, and a plethora or Italian meatballs.  I have finally found I recipe that works for me every time, using ingredients I nearly always have on hand. Meatballs are so versatile.  They can be used in sandwiches, with pasta, in Italian wedding soup, as appetizers–really, the […]

Not so stuffy stuffed chicken

September 8, 2011

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The idea of stuffed meat is always impressive, isn’t it? It looks so difficult.  It’s got style. Luckily, it really isn’t all that difficult to do. Every once in a while I want to stuff some meat. Here is a rendition I just tried over the weekend.  I thought it turned out great!  You can […]

Basic, yet undeniably delicious tomato sauce for all your Italian needs

September 8, 2011

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Stop!  Don’t open that jar of Prego!  Or Ragu!  Or Hunts! You can make a supremely superior tomato sauce at home without having to resort to spaghetti sauce that contains corn syrup.  And “natural” flavoring.  I mean really…corn syrup?  Gag a maggot. This is really quite simple….and what I have to do if I am […]

Tortellini Soup

September 7, 2011

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This soup is my family’s favorite.  My youngest asks for it on her birthday.  It makes a very large pot, so if you are not serving it to two teenage boys who eat like our 7 month old Golden Retriever, you will probably have leftovers.  I saw a tortellini soup on a cooking show where […]

Tomato Artichoke Soup

September 7, 2011

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Let me tell you: this soup is TO DIE FOR!!!!  It is so delicious and simple to prepare.  The acidity of the tomatoes, the tang of the artichokes…..I just love it! This recipe is inspired from one in my “Savor the Memories” cookbook, written by the owner and chef of Cucina’s deli in Salt Lake.  […]

Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells

September 7, 2011

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Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce This recipe has been adapted slightly from Giada’s Everday Italian Cooking Show. We love this recipe.  My family is always pleased to see I have cooked this for dinner.  It is one of our favorite meals!  This recipe can also be adapted to suit what you have […]