Potato Gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi

Perhaps it’s the cooler temperatures that gives me the desire to make what I would consider comfort foods.  Gnocchi definitely falls into that category for me.   It’s a food that is both hearty and delicate, & it can be paired with a wide array of flavors.  Plate it or serve it with sauteed or roasted vegetables, grated cheese, seasoned butter, sauce, pesto, or even gravy. Continue reading

Pepperoni & Black Olive Marinara

Pepperoni & Black Olive Marinara

Pepperoni & Black Olive Marinara

Pepperoni flavors this marinara for a tangy, rich sauce that will appeal to the taste-buds of all ages.  Pair it with spaghetti or your favorite pasta, or ladle & bake it over chicken…& you’ve got a deliciously flavored dish that’s sure to please. Continue reading

Sicilian Sausage w/ Vegetables & Ravioli – Just a Weeknight Meal, and a Little Bit of Home

Sicilian Sausage w/ Vegetables & Ravioli

Sicilian Sausage w/ Vegetables & Ravioli

A quick little weeknight meal, made by sauteing garlic, onion and mushrooms in a small amount of butter and olive oil.  I added some cooked Sicilian sausage medallions,  and a little cooked broccoli.  After this was heated through, I added chopped spinach, allowing it to wilt.  Freshly chopped Roma tomatoes were added  after removing from the heat. I wanted to keep the flavor light, so in addition to the fresh garlic that was added earlier, I seasoned with only Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, and a light sprinkling of nutmeg. I took a cue from Sandra Lee  (Semi-Homemade) by incorporating a purchased, but delicious item, Giovanni Rana’s Artichoke Ravioli, cooked then tossed in a little white sauce, then spooned over the vegetable/sausage dish.   Serve with Parmesan, salad, and crusty bread. A very simple dinner idea, but delicious all the same. Continue reading