Mushroom Macaroni Cheese “Risotto”

French Fridays with Dorie We’ll start this off by saying that this mushroom macaroni cheese is no more “risotto” ’cause it is cooked by stirring it in a hot broth than pizza becomes “Hawaiian” when you top it with a some pineapple. Nonetheless, Dorie Greenspan’s French friend managed to wow her with her “Dressy Pasta Risotto” […]

Pumpkin Stuffed with Fontina, Italian Sausage, and Rotini

Nobody would be surprised should you conclude from the last several month here that I own only one cookbook.  Ms. Greenspan’s tour de force does seem to occupy a disproportionate amount of my culinary bandwidth here these days doesn’t it? During the three-plus years I have visually fed from her book each Friday I remain both […]

Pork Meatballs with Saffron Sauce

  Lets face it, appearances do matter. You could make these Pork Meatballs with Saffron Sauce like any other meatball dish and roll the meat into perfect spheres but after seeing these why on Earth would you want to? Once your dinner guest set eyes on these golden pear-shaped meatballs they will have forgotten everything […]

Tomato and Spinach Strata

To many The Brunch is more than just a meal served between 10AM and 3PM. It is a sacrament. I don’t know how my own VERY serious approach to brunch began but that is the way I now roll. It is unlikely I will change on this. The Brunch not only provides me an opportunity to create a […]

Pastitsio Equals Good Greek Living!

I have never been to Greece and I’m not  really close to many Greek people. But that doesn’t mean I don’t know a few things about Greek heritage does it?  I’m always amused when the few Greek acquaintances I have will mention a personal quality, or describe some endearing foible of a family member and then say […]

Cheesy Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the ‘shortcuts’ that real life requires (or demands) you take.  “Real life” in this usage means my everyday reality where I have a job and not the reality where I am a world famous food blogger read by millions (dozens even) of people hanging on my every word culinary bon […]

Default Pasta w/Artichokes (and chicken)

Greg at SippitySup wrote a blog entry recently on what he calls “Default Pasta Night”. The rest of us call it “find some stuff in the refridgerator and make a pasta with whatever you have on hand” night. Only Greg puts a lot more thought into than I do. So much thought, in fact, that […]

The Champagne Gods and Mac and Cheese.

All week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve my DH and I were arguing over whether or not we should drink the expensive champagne given to us by some friends a few months back. He was of a mind to give it to someone else in the same manner as we received it but prudence […]