1970s Throwback: Con Queso Dip

Back in the 1970s my mother-in-law went to Texas to visit her cousin. While there she had this dip and loved it. There was nothing like it up in her northeast neighborhood so she asked for the recipe (it was on a Velveeta box) and brought it home. Soon it would be everywhere. She loved…

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

When I mention making ragu to my kids they think of the red jarred tomato sauce. A ragu is actually a meat based dish with lots of diced vegetables with some tomato. It is thicker and richer tasting than a tomato sauce. Similar in premise to a bolognese but made with red wine instead of…

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Spaghetti and Meatballs

We are starting to settle into winter weather here. The first snow has passed and we are starting to get the 20-25 degree nights. I love Italian food on a cold, dark night. Add a glass of wine and it seems luxurious and comforting. This weather has us looking ahead though. Last week we made…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating today! Hope that whatever you are serving turns out perfectly! We are having our usual breakfast casserole and then appetizers all day. Sweet and sour meatballs, pigs in the blanket with everything bagel seasoning, fully loaded potato skins and several types of crostini are on our menu today. Let me…

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Lots of soups here lately. I love how easy they are to make, I usually do a big pot on Sunday, and reheat and serve during the week. My wife is heading back to the office tomorrow with EVERY one in her company for the first time since March 2020. So having simple leftovers to…

Roasted Butternut Soup

Thank you all for the kind words about my son the other day. He has returned to school and seems to be happy. We are pleased with how the school responded and continues to support him as he learns to navigate college. Thank you, all! The leaves are finally changing here. The warm weather held…

Saturday Musings: It isn’t Always What it Looks Like Online

Things are difficult sometimes but we don’t always say those things. Instead we cover over it with the things that make us and our families look perfect or ideal. But, no one has a perfect life without the storms. My son has his storms daily. He has been on medication for ADHD, depression, and mild…

Diner Dinner: Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

We are looking for simple dinners that we can pull together in about 15 minutes and have very few ingredients. It is amazing to us how small our grocery bills are now. We can’t even finish a whole loaf of bread before it goes bad. Before we were going through at least 2 loaves a…

Saturday Musings: Feeling it All

Last weekend my babies were home for 9 hours together. For one night we were all under the same roof and I was ecstatic! My daughter and I left for Chicago for an Irish dance competition at 7 am the next morning. It was a LONG weekend. Then on Wednesday my wife had her second…

Game Day Roasted Corn Nachos

My wife had her second knee surgery on Wednesday so we are spending this week laying low. That means I get to watch all kinds of football games this week. I love to make nachos for the game because they are so easy to make and you can add just what you like to them….

Patti LaBelle’s Over the Rainbow Macaroni & Cheese

With both of my kids coming home this past weekend. They spent a total of 9 hours in the house together. My daughter had an Irish dance competition in Chicago so she got home at 10 pm and left the next morning at 7 am. By the time she got back on Sunday my son…

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

In adjusting to cooking for two we are relying on our freezer. There is no way we would eat a dozen muffins but we froze 6 of them to eat on busy mornings. We can pull one of the muffins (individually packaged) from the freezer in the morning and head out the door. By the…