Pantry Pasta

Pantry Pasta I call this Pantry Pasta because it is basically a quick weeknight meal that can be put together with a variation of ingredients that most of us have on hand. Here is what you will need: 1 lb pasta (I used Penne, but whatever you have on hand is fine) 1 to 1…

Garlic and Herb Dinner Rolls

  Garlic and Herb Dinner Rolls These fairly simple rolls are great to go with Italian dishes but will work with just about anything. It is a very forgiving recipe if you are a beginner or just not comfortable with baking. I use a stand mixer with a dough hook, but it can be done…

Family Meal, Let’s Do This!!

Getting your family to sit down and have a meal together can be a challenge these days. Busy work schedules and afterschool activities can make scheduling rough. You have to make a firm decision to make this a priority. The statistics are clear on the benefits your family will garner from this. Expanded interaction with…

Let’s Start A Movement!!

Bringing Back the Family Meal How do we do it? We see the gap in communication in our family on a daily basis and we just can’t seem to take the steps to fix it. I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest to you that the solution is in your…

Proper Knife Skills To Make Your Cooking Shine

If you went to Culinary School, (I did not) one of the first things you are taught is basic knife skills. The same holds true at most restaurants. New hires in the kitchen do most of the prep work. This helps to master the cutting techniques needed to prepare the food properly. Proper cutting, slicing,…

Enchilada Sauce Like No Other

I like Mexican cuisine. Normally when I go out to eat, I find myself at a Mexican Restaurant very often. The way they combine and layer flavors just makes me happy. One of my favorite things are Enchiladas, Pork, Beef, Chicken, or Cheese. I love em all. Sometimes I order with chille Verde sauce and…

The Best BBQ Sauce

Barbeque is one of my favorite things to eat and prepare. I;m talking about real slow smoked meats with a hickory fire. There is just something about preparing a brisket or pork butt the night before and getting up early in the morning to start a fire on the pit and letting the smoker do…

Basic Risotto

I absolutely love Risotto. From preparation to eating it has to be one of my all time favorite dishes. The basic method for prep leaves you with a blank canvas for creativity that you can do wonderful things with and add layers of complexity and flavor. What I am going to give you here is…

Grandmothers Biscuits

It’s National Biscuit Day. And to celebrate I’m going to share a unique Maine Recipe for Biscuits that are like no other. The secret is Bakewell Cream. Hard stuff to find unless you live in New England, but if you can track some down the results are well worth the effort. Ingredients: 4 Cups All…

Feta and Herb Stuffed Burgers For National Burger Day

Being National Burger Day, I thought I might share my recipe for  a burger that is a bit different. But first lets look at how the hamburger came to be. Probably one of the earliest references to a meat patty appeared in the 4th century.The ancient Roman empire had a dish called isicia omentata  which…