Macaroni Baked Ziti is Possible

What is Baked Ziti? Traditionally, Baked Ziti is an Italian casserole dish, cooked with tomato sauce and cheese.  After searching my pantry, I discovered I did not have any Ziti, nor Penne pasta, both used interchangeably in this classic recipe.  Because Ziti and Penne are tubular pastas, why couldn’t I use elbow macaroni, of whichRead more

Crispy Pan-Fried Pork Chops

I did not have a clue what I was going to make for dinner, so I thumbed through a great cookbook, Cooking for Two 2012 (America’s Test Kitchen)   This cookbook has come in handy since Doug and I became empty-nesters. With appropriate portion sizes and accurate ingredient lists, every recipe has been a winnerRead more

Breakfast Brunch Scramble

I love scramble recipes.  I consider a “scramble,” as any dish that includes scrambled eggs, combined with a meat, starch and vegetable, cooked in a cask iron skillet with very little fat. So, Sunday around lunchtime, I wanted some kielbasa and eggs.  Well, what best way to combine these, as to make a scramble.  AfterRead more

Spaghetti with Carbonara Sauce

As one of my FAVORITE dishes ever, a good Spaghetti with Carbonara Sauce can be very difficult to make. I have tried at least a dozen different ways and although this particular recipe cannot be classified as EASY, it is not difficult – just takes patience and preparation.  That being said, make sure you haveRead more

Tips for Cooking Ham For Easter

Holiday Ham Pork

A beautifully cooked ham is a traditional centerpiece for an Easter family dinner.  Roasting a ham is not difficult if you follow some simple steps.  The following are some good tips on thawing, preparing and cooking your holiday ham. There are several types of ham, most common is the precooked ham.  The key to preparingRead more

National Meatball Day! – Easy Italian Sausage Meatballs

Today is National Meatball Day, so I thought I would share MY PERSONAL meatball recipe.  After I researched many recipes for the perfect, EASY meatball, I have designed this recipe.  Let me know if you try them. PREP: 20-25 MINUTES    MAKES ABOUT 2 DOZEN 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil;     1 teaspoon crushed red pepperRead more

Celebrate National Pig Day! with EASY Sautéed Pork Chop with Jack Daniel’s Glaze

Today’s pork is leaner (about 1/3 fewer calories) and higher in protein than that consumed just 10 years ago. Pork is a great source of protein:  100 grams of roasted pork top loin contains 26.45 grams of protein. Roasted pork top loin is considerably lower in fat compared to most types of poultry, at 8.82Read more