Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca a great fall/winter weather meal. It is a comfort food. What does Pasta Puttanesca mean? There are almost as many explanations for the origins of pasta puttanesca as there are ways to make it. “Puttanesca” literally translates to “in the style of prostitutes.” It  is supposedly because theRead More…

Meatballs – My Dad’s Italian Meatball Recipe

Meatballs – My Dad’s Italian Meatball Recipe

We conclude our Meatball Series with what meatballs really should be: Italian, handmade, little round balls of flavor, served with a red sauce over pasta.This is part of the DeSando Family Spaghetti & Meatball recipe (Desando Family Spaghetti & Meatball Recipe). My dad cooked the meatballs in the red sauceRead More…

Eggplant “Meat”balls

Eggplant “Meat”balls

Next in our Meatball Series is Eggplant “Meat”balls, served over pasta and Marinara Sauce. Takes Spaghetti & Meatballs to a whole new level. This vegetarian recipe is very simple. It makes a great meal for the whole family. Even carnivores. I love the idea of meatless meatballs. I also loveRead More…

Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

Those of us of a certain age grew up with stuffed shells and stuffed peppers as “gourmet” cooking back in the day. I remember how proud my mother was to present such an interesting way to serve a meal. These Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille are an easy weeknight meal, readyRead More…

Polenta two ways – Creamy and Grilled

Polenta two ways – Creamy and Grilled

Polenta is a kind of cornmeal mush that originated in Northern Italy as peasant food. But in the US, it’s served at upscale restaurants as a gourmet dish. The reality is somewhere in the middle. It can be a basic porridge, not a lot of flavor, or a high end,Read More…