Spaghetti Sauce or Sunday Gravy


I have been thinking quite a bit about instincts lately. You know that little voice deep down inside you.  Intuition.  A gut feeling. Jiminy Cricket. We all have it. Sometimes we ignore it but sometimes we can’t avoid it because it keeps coming back again and again.  The times I KNEW I should have turned…

Simple Sausage Soup


I realize with all the sweet treats and appetizers I have been posting I am a bit behind on my dinner postings. I am saving them up for when I am taking a break during Christmas vacation. With all the cookies and treats I have been posting I realized this morning that I have only…

Pasta Carbonara


The word “healthy” is bothering me lately. It is blazoned across every post and recipe I read lately. It doesn’t matter if it has butter, cheese and cream in it they call it healthy. It may be “healthier” than another version of the same recipe but that does not make it healthy.  Can food be…

Tortellini Caesar Salad (with homemade Caesar Dressing)


CHANGE! This has become my motto lately. I get frustrated when I go into an office or a business to speak with a manager or someone in charge and about an issue I have with customer service or a product and they give me the answer, “But, we have always done it this way.” That…

4 Cheese Tortellini Pizza


I was thinking about creating a Thanksgiving Pizza for dinner but my ever fiscally responsible son reminded me we would need to buy turkey, ingredients for stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. He was right. We should use what we have on hand first. So, we went searching through the freezers to see what we…

Pesto Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken


This was a meal I made by opening up the cupboards and started pulling jars. We had friends in town that we didn’t know when they were arriving or when they would be able to see us. They were traveling through town with their extended family and we knew we could have to leave at…

Easy Creamy Pasta Casserole


Trying to use up all the last pieces and parts that I am finding in my refrigerator, freezer and pantry is going to be interesting. I am working on a No-Buy June where I have to use up what is in my pantry, freezer and refrigerator. I can buy fresh produce, dairy and spices but…

Hot Italian Sandwich Bites


I have recently been trying to rely more on my old cookbooks and recipe cards (what we used in the days before Pinterest).  I love my cookbooks.  I have many from the 1950’s, 1960’s and little pamphlets put out by companies to promote their products.  I love reading them.  Some of the recipes especially the…

Cheese Tortellini and Ravioli with Garlic Brown Butter


What to make when the groceries are running low and the pantry staples just aren’t speaking to me?  I had half a bag of frozen ravioli and half a bag of frozen tortellini.  Neither was enough to feed my family of four, but together?  I could make this work. We do not eat a lot…

Chicken with Parmesan Sauce


This is not a good picture of this meal.  My camera batteries were running low and the flash was not working.  But, I did the best I could so you could get an idea of the dish. Last night was a dance night for us.  That means dinner need to be on the table shortly…

Parmesan Crab Hamburgers


So after having to pretend to be Cyber Woman today (and it really is pretend!) my computer is once again functioning.  New mouse, new speakers and that pesky cord that needs to be plugged in so the keyboard actually functions is now back where it belongs.  It has been a long day. But, I had…