Old Fashioned Mac and Cheese

Sometimes there is nothing that can soothe your soul like a hot dish of homemade macaroni and cheese. It’s not surprising that people have come up with thousands of variations on this popular dish. (Certainly, there is room for all kinds of delicious mac and...

Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce

This is a favorite weeknight meal at our house! If you already have Jim’s Italian Sausage and Sicilian Tomato Sauce on hand, it is quite easy to put together and goes a long way (two nights for us). You can certainly get a very tasty result with your favorite...

Nonna’s Meatball Soup

This soup is the ultimate in comfort food! Similar recipes instruct you to cook the noodles in the soup, but we prefer to cook them ahead, setting them aside to add at serving time. This way, any extra soup doesn’t end up with mushy noodles and extra starch in...

Curried Chicken and Rice

This is an original from our family! It’s roots are in a side dish that had just wild rice and a wonderful curry sauce made with egg yolks and half and half. The result is a kind of custard surrounding the other ingredients. To evolve this into a main course...

Porcini Mushroom Pasta Sauce

Porcini mushrooms have a wonderful, rich and earthy flavor that turns this simple creamy sauce into something really special. Above it is pictured with cheese ravioli that came in the refrigerator case at the grocery store. This combination offers a quick and easy,...

Cajun Chicken Pasta

We came up with this dish while trying to recreate a fantastic pasta that I had at a restaurant in New Orleans years ago. I think we came pretty close! For a long time the kiddo would not touch it. Perhaps it was too spicy. Recently, however, she has done a complete...