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

Kicked Up Bruschetta

Kicked Up Bruschetta

Kicked Up Bruschetta

My family loves bruschetta, and I love that it’s so versatile! I mean come on, this baby can be the bread that accompanies your meal, an appetizer, or a pretty healthy snack. Not to mention that you can vary the ingredients to fit whatever your theme is for any given occasion, and what could be more simple?  You really don’t need to measure, just use this as a guide. So here’s my kicked up version… Continue reading

Lemon Basil & Peppercorn Chicken

Basil, Lemon & Peppercorn Chicken

Basil, Lemon & Peppercorn Chicken

There’s something about fresh basil that feels like sunshine!
This recipe was inspired by a gift of fresh basil from my neighbor, Sandy.  For the first time in years, I don’t have basil growing in my herb garden, and she was gracious enough to offer trimmings of her healthy basil plants. As she presented them to me over our back wall, the spicy, almost pepper-like fragrance wafted through the air.
The wheels started turning, and I knew I wanted to make something equally as fresh and healthy. 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