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Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach is a classic, vegetable side dish that goes with just about any meal! This creamy, cheesy version is especially good with a grilled or pan-seared steak. There is a trick to making Creamed Spinach that isn’t too runny, watery and over-cooked – and we detail all of our tips in the recipe below. […]

Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas

That unopened can of chickpeas in your kitchen cabinet is just waiting to be made into these delicious Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas! My husband Jack has learned to live with (and thankfully laugh at) some of my little quirky habits. I’ve shared before in this post that I have this habit of always buying a package […]

Lidia’s Rice and Zucchini Crostata

A few weekends ago, I was folding laundry and decided to turn on the television to keep myself entertained. I started watching Lidia’s Italy – the show hosted by chef Lidia Bastianich – who happened to be making a delicious-looking Rice and Zucchini Crostata. Talk about perfect timing – my husband Jack and I had […]

Zucchini Risotto with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

At our house, we recently joined the ranks of people who have turned off their cable TV service.  When we thought about it – most of the time we were watching our local television channels for news, the Food Network or Cooking Channel, sometimes HGTV, and one of the Disney channels (for our 9-year-old) plus […]

Parmesan Peas with Pancetta and Shallots

My husband Jack absolutely adores peas – and I think he would eat them as a side dish with every meal if he could! I, on the other hand, like peas too but only when they are mixed with other ingredients or mixed into a recipe. But – our Parmesan Peas with Pancetta and Shallots […]

Savory Soft Polenta

Today’s recipe for Savory Soft Polenta is actually a bit of tease to get you to check out this Scottiglia recipe… Of course, this Savory Soft Polenta is wonderful! Soft, creamy, cheesy polenta is one of my all-time favorite Italian comfort foods, and we made it even better by adding in some savory flavors including […]

Oven Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

Long before cauliflower was as popular as it is today – we’ve been a huge fan of this versatile vegetable! And I think roasting cauliflower – like we do in today’s recipe for Oven Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower – is one of the best ways to prepare it. We toss the cauliflower with chopped garlic, lemon […]

Butternut Squash Parmesan with Linguine

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we still have a ton of butternut squash that we harvested from our prolific garden this past summer – including one that was extremely large in size! So the wheels in my husband Jack’s mind have been turning over the last few weeks – dreaming up new and delicious […]

Parmesan Pull-Apart Rolls

A few years ago, my husband Jack went on a bread-baking kick shortly after we bought this really good cookbook. Jack has always been a huge fan of homemade breads and he decided that he wanted to perfect his bread-baking skills by trying many different recipes! Right around that same time, I spotted some really […]

Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini

Our Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini is a great way to use the abundant amounts of zucchini that everyone seems to be growing in their gardens this summer! Fresh zucchini are cut and stuffed with a super flavorful mixture of Parmesan and Romano cheeses, Panko bread crumbs, red bell pepper, mushrooms, and sautéed onion and then baked […]

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera is a delicious way to eat the fresh vegetables that are becoming abundant in local supermarkets at this time of the year.  The term ‘primavera’ or ‘la primavera’ means the season ‘spring’ in many of the Romance languages, and I can’t think of a better way to eat fresh, seasonal spring vegetables! Our […]

Eggplant Parmesan

My husband Jack makes a really terrific Eggplant Parmesan – and we’re sharing the recipe with you today!  This is another one of those dishes that I’ve always loved to eat out at a restaurant, but I avoided cooking myself mostly because my cooked eggplant always tasted a little bitter to me. But Jack’s recipe […]

Mushroom Risotto

This recipe for mushroom risotto changed the course of my life.  I know – that sounds very dramatic, but if you asked my husband about the exact moment he knew he wanted to marry me, he would tell you that he knew I was “The One” when I made this mushroom risotto for him for the […]